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Baker & O'Brien Release Third Quarter 2017 Edition of Energy Expert: Issues in Focus

November 20, 2017

This quarter’s Energy Expert newsletter profiles several of Baker & O’Brien’s recent engagements that we hope you will find interesting and thought-provoking:

  • In the lead article, Dan Finelt discusses how two different interpretations of a long-term crude oil supply agreement led to an international arbitration.  Specifically, the definition of “available alternative crude oil grades” was in dispute, with one view arguing that a relatively narrow basket of grades was intended, and the other taking quite the opposite position.
  • Next, Peter Halliday presents a dispute between a pipeline operator and right-of-way maintenance contractor following the discovery of crude oil leaking from a pipeline.  Our work included determining whether each party followed applicable pipeline industry standards and best practices.  
  • Finally, Bill Jackson summarizes an insurance claim that followed an explosion and fire at a petrochemical complex.  Due to the extent of the damage, several difficult engineering problems were encountered.  The claim was also complicated by the cost associated with repairing and replacing equipment constructed of specialized steel alloys.

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