Acquisition of Crude Oil Gathering System
Conducted technical and economic due diligence on behalf of commercial bank in conjunction with the financed acquisition of a crude oil gathering system from a major oil company.
Pipeline, PricingNorth America
Ammonia Plant Project Finance
Served as independent engineer on behalf of a major European bank for the construction of a new world-scale ammonia plant. Prepared a technology assessment, analyzed feedstock supply, reviewed contracts, and advised with negotiation of contracts. Monitored construction progress and mechanical completion, and witnessed the plant performance test.
Industry Practice/Standard of Care, Operations/MaintenanceSouth and Central America
Application of Superfund Tax to Gas Processors
Reviewed legislation relating to the Superfund Tax and its applicability to natural gas processors who produce natural gasoline at their facilities. Compared natural gas processing with crude oil processing in order to show whether the Superfund Tax was intended to be levied on gas processors.
Asbestos Exposure Litigation
Assisted a manufacturer of industrial equipment in defending personal injury claims related to asbestos exposure. Assisted in discovery, assessed the likelihood and degree of employee exposure to asbestos during maintenance activities, and reviewed equipment specifications, project histories, and maintenance records for various power generation units. Provided opinions regarding the potential for personal injury due to asbestos exposure in the course of normal work activities.
Industry Practice/Standard of Care, Operations/Maintenance, OSHA-related, Safety, Toxic TortNorth America
Asphalt Market Study
Provided a financial institution with an assessment of the market for paving asphalt in California. Study focused on current and short-term future markets and included the results of interviews with California paving grade asphalt producers, contractors, and buyers.