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Baker & O'Brien Releases First Quarter 2018 Edition of Energy Expert: Issues in Focus

April 30, 2018

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, Peter Halliday discusses a dispute between a pipeline operator and an NGL producer over the alleged cause of pipeline flow limitations, which resulted in a shutdown for cleaning.   At issue was whether contaminants on the filters causing high pressure drops were attributable to a single producer or even a single contaminant.    After examining relevant documents on pipeline ingress, segment pressure drops and sample collection, we provided an expert opinion on the probable causes of the flow limitations.
  • Two years after a new compressor station was placed in service, a compressor experienced a failure that resulted in a fire and damage to it and nearby equipment.   Dave Morgan describes the dispute between the operator and the equipment manufacturer about the bolt failure that led to the gas release and fire — flawed design or inadequate operations and maintenance.   Baker & O’Brien provided an expert opinion based on a design review, operating conditions, maintenance procedures, and attendance at the disassembly of compressors.
  • Finally, Bill Jackson presents a dispute between a refinery owner and contractor over the cost and schedule overruns for a time-and-materials contract to repair damages from an explosion on a process unit.   “He-said-she-said” — the contractor alleged that its performance was negatively affected by owner mismanagement.  The owner claimed that the contractor used inexperienced engineers resulting in design errors and excessive field rework.   Baker & O’Brien produced an expert report of our assessment of the contractor’s performance, owner impacts, and standards of care.

 

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