Baker & O'Brien, Inc.

Experience

Experience

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  • 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, Pricing North America
  • Air Emissions Dispute
    Reviewed air emissions data and categorized events; provided understanding and analysis to air events with respect to process equipment and refinery and chemical plant operations.
    Environmental, Industry Practice/Standard of Care, Product Quality North America
  • Ammonia Manufacturing Litigation
    Assisted in a claim concerning allegations that equipment was the cause of a multi-million dollar business interruption claim.  Assisted in discovery, evaluated operating records, estimated business interruption losses due to a power outage, and provided expert testimony.
    Business Interruption, Expert Witness/Testimony, Industry Practice/Standard of Care, Operations/Maintenance North America
  • Ammonia Plant Insurance Dispute
    Assisted in a claims dispute between a major ammonia manufacturer and claims adjusters.  Evaluated claims involving construction defects and warranty work amounting to $3 million.  Assisted in documenting claim, inspected plant, evaluated project records, and reviewed maintenance records.
    EPC-related, Industry Practice/Standard of Care, Operations/Maintenance South and Central America
  • Ammonia Plant Project Finance
    Served as independent engineer on behalf of a major European bank for the relocation of a 750 TPD ammonia plant. Prepared a technology assessment, analyzed feedstock supply, reviewed contracts, and inspected progress prior to close of financing. Monitored construction progress and mechanical completion, and witnessed the plant performance test.
    Commercial Terms Review, Industry Practice/Standard of Care, Operations/Maintenance South and Central 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/Maintenance South and Central America
  • Ammonia/Urea Plant
    Worked in support of client and its attorneys to investigate the cause of a reactor failure and defense against claims by OSHA and third parties. Effort required extensive knowledge and analysis of process equipment and operating practices.
    Industry Practice/Standard of Care, Operations/Maintenance, OSHA-related North 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.
    Environmental North America
  • 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 Tort North America
  • Asian Refinery Study
    Assisted client in building PRISM refinery models of several Southeast Asian refineries.
    PRISM Data or Analysis, Pricing Asia Pacific
  • 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.
    Pricing North America

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