Baker & O'Brien, Inc.

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Chemical Plant Insurance Claim Support
Provided comprehensive technical and accounting support for a property damage claim settlement and analysis for a chemical manufacturing plant that was damaged during a hurricane.  Work included review of all repair cost estimates and invoiced repair invoices, as well as analysis of claimed damages discovered and submitted post-recovery.  Assistance was also provided during final claim settlement negotiations.  
Business Interruption , Property Damage
Estimate for Fire Rebuild
Developed a cost estimate for replacing and/or purchasing new equipment and materials after damage from plant fire.
Industry Practice/Standard of Care , Operations/Maintenance , Physical Asset Appraisal , Property Damage
FCC Construction Litigation
Provided expert testimony regarding allegations that construction errors in the installation of an FCC catalyst cooler resulted in a significant business interruption claim.  Assisted in discovery, analyzed operating data, evaluated design issues, calculated property damages and business interruption losses.
Business Interruption , EPC-related , Expert Witness/Testimony , Industry Practice/Standard of Care , Operations/Maintenance , Property Damage
Litigation - Fuels Terminal Operations Assessment
Performed expert advice on fuels terminal operations that focused on the practices and procedures with an emphasis on the filling of product tanks.
Industry Practice/Standard of Care , Operations/Maintenance , Property Damage , Safety
Incident Analysis - Petrochemicals
Performed an investigation analysis following fire and explosion incidents at a major Gulf Coast manufacturing facility.  The engagement entailed development of the sequence of events, root cause analysis, assessment of the decision to rebuild, and reconstruction monitoring.  An independent project schedule and cost estimate for the plant reconstruction was developed.
Business Interruption , EPC-related , Industry Practice/Standard of Care , Operations/Maintenance , OSHA-related , Property Damage , Safety
Investigate Refinery Heater Explosion
Performed root cause analysis of an explosion at a refinery heater and identified contributing factors. Performed a review of safe operating procedures, including shutdown and start-up of heaters. Provided expert testimony.
Expert Witness/Testimony , Forensic Analysis , Industry Practice/Standard of Care , Operations/Maintenance , Property Damage , Safety
Subsea Pipeline Rupture
Assisted attorneys in investigating the circumstances surrounding a rupture of a subsea crude oil pipeline caused by a vessel dragging an anchor. This assignment included a review of the impact on crude oil gathering system and receiving terminal operations, the owner's emergency response, subsea pipeline repair costs, and a determination of the maximum insurable loss.
Business Interruption , Offshore , Pipeline , Property Damage , Safety , Waterborne/Marine
Refinery Business Interruption
Prepared detailed analyses of property damage, business interruption, and demurrage claims resulting from a vessel allision with a refinery dock.  
Business Interruption , Property Damage , Waterborne/Marine
Polyolefins Plant Explosion
Assisted attorneys and company in preparation for litigation and negotiation with government agencies while investigating the cause of an explosion which caused the death of over 20 people. Assisted risk management in preparing and negotiating property damage and business interruption claims in excess of $1.3 billion.
Business Interruption , Expert Witness/Testimony , Industry Practice/Standard of Care , Operations/Maintenance , OSHA-related , Property Damage , Safety
Polypropylene Manufacturing
Assisted in a dispute concerning insurance claims for property damage and business interruption in connection with a reactor incident during construction of a production facility.  
Business Interruption , EPC-related , Industry Practice/Standard of Care , Property Damage
Gas Plant Explosion & Subsequent Insurance Claims
Assisted resolution of claims between insurance company and Owners/Operators related to a gas plant explosion.  Reviewed property damage and business interruption claims for accuracy and veracity.
Business Interruption , Pipeline , Property Damage
Crane Accident Claim Analysis
Analyzed business interruption and property damage insurance claim by a refinery operator resulting from a crane accident. This included analysis of the cost to repair the physical damage from the accident, the impact to schedule and cost of a process unit turnaround that was in progress at the time of the accident, and valuation of lost production due to the accident.
Business Interruption , Operations/Maintenance , Property Damage
Refinery Explosion, Subrogation of Insurance Claim
Assisted in a dispute concerning a rebuild estimate, which was the subject of subrogation, for an oil refinery process plant damaged by an explosion.  
Property Damage
Horizontal Drilling Property Damage
Reviewed damage to private property (farmland) allegedly caused during the installation of an underground pipeline.  A portion of the pipeline was installed using the technique of horizontal directional drilling (HDD). 
EPC-related , Pipeline , Property Damage
Marine Accident Investigation
Investigated causes for contamination of a cargo of residual fuel aboard a barge that exploded and sank.
Industry Practice/Standard of Care , Operations/Maintenance , Product Quality , Property Damage , Safety , Waterborne/Marine
Refinery Fire Damage Assessment and Rebuild Costs
Assisted in a dispute concerning fire damages and estimated rebuild costs at a petroleum refinery, as well as monitored the rebuild project.  
Property Damage
Gas Plant Fire Damage Repair Costs
Assessed fire-related damages and estimated rebuild cost for a cooling tower at a gas plant.
Property Damage
Terminal Hurricane Damage Repair and Claim
Assisted in a dispute concerning a rebuild estimate for a terminal damaged by a hurricane.  
Property Damage
Undersea Pipeline Damage Repair Costs
Assisted client by providing opinion on reasonableness of claimed repair costs to an undersea pipeline damaged by a ships's anchor.
EPC-related , Offshore , Pipeline , Property Damage
Refinery Repair Costs Dispute
Provided expert assistance and a written report for a dispute concerning reasonable contractor repair costs for an oil refinery unit after it had been damaged by fire.
EPC-related , Property Damage
Power Outage Root Cause Analysis
Root cause analysis of a Port of Houston container facility power outage and an assessment of potential exposure to business interruption claims.
Business Interruption , Industry Practice/Standard of Care , Property Damage
Refinery Fire Insurance Claim
Assisted in a dispute concerning a rebuild estimate, which was the subject of subrogation, for an oil refinery process plant damaged by fire.  
Business Interruption , Property Damage
Refinery Business Interruption Assessment
Assisted in a dispute concerning factors which may have contributed to an explosion and prepared an estimate of lost profits stemming from the resultant loss incident.  
Business Interruption , Expert Witness/Testimony , Property Damage
Refinery Fire Claim
Provided litigation support for a valve supplier with regards to an insurance subrogation claim associated with a refinery fire.  Determined extent of damage, cost and time to repair, and estimated business interruption if refinery facility had been designed per normal industry standard.
Business Interruption , Expert Witness/Testimony , Property Damage
Tank Collapse Assessment
Assessed contractor work practices associated with the collapse of  a storage tank that occurred during cleaning operations.
Expert Witness/Testimony , Industry Practice/Standard of Care , Operations/Maintenance , Property Damage , Safety
Ethanol Plant Freeze Claim
Reviewed an insurance claim associated with an idled ethanol manufacturing facility being re-started.  Purpose was to assess items listed in the claim to determine if damages were caused directly by a winter freeze or due to some other failure mechanism such as improper mothballing techniques or normal degradation of a once-operating facility.
Business Interruption , Industry Practice/Standard of Care , Operations/Maintenance , Property Damage
Faulty Equipment Claim
Assisted refinery operator with an insurance claim concerning the delivery and operations of a faulty air cooler.  Reviewed documentation and supported client to determine roles and responsibilities of the equipment supplier to design, fabricate and deliver equipment free from manufacturing defects.
Expert Witness/Testimony , Industry Practice/Standard of Care , Operations/Maintenance , Property Damage
Refinery Economic Losses Due to Fire
Prepared an assessment to quantify the economic damages resulting from a refinery fire that caused damage to equipment and a lengthy shutdown of a refinery distillation and conversion train.  Prepared a detailed report that documented both business interruption losses and repair costs for damaged equipment.  Provided testimony in deposition and district bench trial.
Business Interruption , Commercial Terms Review , Expert Witness/Testimony , Pricing , Property Damage
Refractory Failure Investigation
Provided expertise and technical assistance related to the evaluation of a failed refractory in a methanol reformer. 
Business Interruption , Forensic Analysis , OSHA-related , Property Damage
Business Interruption Claim Analysis
Reviewed preliminary business interruption calculations related to a ship collision incident at a refinery dock.  Developed a revised business interruption estimate, which resulted in a claim settlement.
Property Damage , Waterborne/Marine
Electrical Supply Disruption
Following the sudden loss of electrical supply to a chemical plant, which resulted in equipment damage, the chemical plant owner claimed that the electricity supplier was negligent.  In addressing the root cause of the equipment damage, our work assessed the following parameters: (1) the nature of the supply contract; (2) the nature of the outage - whether intentional or inadvertent; (3) the chronology of events following the outage; (4) the designs of the electrical systems in question; and (5) the operational procedures in the event of a power outage and whether they were followed.
Business Interruption , Industry Practice/Standard of Care , Operations/Maintenance , Property Damage
Pipeline Pig Station Incident Investigation
Reviewed information concerning a fire associated with the commissioning of a pipeline station and equipment skid. Purpose was to assess cause and origin for the incident and roles and responsibilities of the operating company and equipment supplier associated with the project. 
Property Damage
IPP/Refinery Power Generation Outage Dispute
Assessed the cause(s) of supplier's steam and electricity generation failure and mitigating actions by the refinery/petrochemical customer. Preliminary findings and a document request were provided to the client.
Arbitration , Business Interruption , Expert Witness/Testimony , Industry Practice/Standard of Care , Operations/Maintenance , Property Damage
Refinery Construction Dispute
Provided expert consulting support assessing EPC contractor’s responsibilities, project execution, and start-up issues associated with the construction and start-up of a refinery expansion project.  Assisted client in two areas:  (1) assessed circumstances associated with a piping failure to determine if failure was due to poor engineering design; and (2) organized retained materials to assist with insurance claim.
Arbitration , Business Interruption , EPC-related , Industry Practice/Standard of Care , Operations/Maintenance , Property Damage
Power Plant Insurance Claim
Provided expert consulting services regarding operations and maintenance of a barge-mounted, diesel-powered turbine electric power generation facility..
Business Interruption , Forensic Analysis , Industry Practice/Standard of Care , Operations/Maintenance , Property Damage
Explosion Insurance Claim
Provided report presenting a reasonable timeline and duration to source, contract, start, and conduct the demolition of the parts the Gas Plant damaged after the plant experienced a fire and explosion.
Business Interruption , Industry Practice/Standard of Care , Operations/Maintenance , Pipeline , Property Damage
Ammonia Plant Failure Investigation
Assisted in evaluating a series of insurance claims centered around separate events to determine a proximate cause.  Work included reviewing design and operating records for a worldscale ammonia plant.  Each of the events resulted in claims for property damage and business interruption.  Prepared an analysis and report that evaluated the root cause for each of the events and whether the events were connected by a chain of causation.
Business Interruption , Fertilizers , Operations/Maintenance , Property Damage
Electrostatic Precipitator Explosion
Investigated the cause and origin of an explosion in an electrostatic precipitator used in a cement manufacturing plant that was the subject of an insurance claim.  Reviewed operating records for temperatures, pressures, and flow rates through a rotating cement kiln.  Evaluated operation of the electrostatic precipitator for anomalies prior to the explosion.  Concluded that the cause and orgin related to a mechanical failure in the kiln.  Provided findings to the owner and its insurer and supported decisions regarding coverage and subrogation issues.
Business Interruption , Property Damage
Refinery Incident CLaim
Assisted in the investigation of a refinery leak and fire. Coordinated the collection of information related to the incident and disseminated it to the relevant parties.  Helped audit incident related retained materials and developed inventory documentation.
Business Interruption , EPC-related , Operations/Maintenance , Property Damage
Tank Collapse Dispute
Investigated the cause of a tank collapse that occurred during cleaning activities in preparation for a planned internal inspection.  Assessment included evaluating:  (1) condition of the tank prior to the incident; (2) work processes utilized by contractor performing tank cleaning; (3) maintenance and inspection practices of tank operator; (4) industry accepted practices for tank inspection; and (5) contributing causes that led to the incident.  Baker & O'Brien also assessed the cost to clean the tank and perform repairs following the incident.  Developed expert report and provided support through mediation and settlement efforts.   
Expert Witness/Testimony , Operations/Maintenance , Property Damage
Refinery Power Failure
A power supply failure at a refinery resulted in a complete and extended outage of the refinery, as well as long-term impacts to refinery operation.  Opined on the duration of the outage, the refiner’s actions, and refinery procedures during the restart effort with respect to typical refinery restart efforts.  Also calculated the economic damages suffered by the refinery as a result of the power outage.
Business Interruption , Expert Witness/Testimony , Industry Practice/Standard of Care , Operations/Maintenance , Property Damage
Oil Field Production Facility Fire
Assessed potential cause and origin of a fire at an oil and gas gathering facility pump station that resulted in significant damages to power generation, distribution, and instrumentation control equipment.  Provided an expert report.
Forensic Analysis , Property Damage
Insurance Support: Liability and Business Interruption
Assessed the merits of a liability claim and business interruption claim associated with an equipment failure in a sulfuric acid regeneration facility.  Advised on the value and key determinants of a business interruption claim.
Business Interruption , Expert Witness/Testimony , Industry Practice/Standard of Care , Operations/Maintenance , Property Damage