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Fertilizer Project Due Diligence Assessment
In conjunction with a leading upstream consulting firm, conducted a due diligence assessment of gas resources for the purpose of developing a fertilizer complex associated with onshore and offshore gas production under development. The assignment entailed delineating the quantity and quality of gas resources available to support the prospective fertilizer project and estimating costs to deliver natural gas suitable for producing nitrogen fertilizers to the project.
Fertilizers , Offshore , Pricing , Product Quality , Project Feasibility
Agrochemicals Manufacturing
Performed due diligence for the purchase of several fertilizer plants on behalf of an investor.  These plants manufactured nitrogen fertilizers, phosphate fertilizers, methanol, and other related industrial chemicals.  Inspected company assets, assessed technology, analyzed feedstock and product markets, reviewed contracts, evaluated capital investment programs, and analyzed comparative manufacturing economics.
Fertilizers , Pricing
Ammonia Plant Project Finance
Served as independent engineer on behalf of the financial advisor for the construction of a new small-scale biomass to nitrogen fertilizers complex.  Prepared a technology assessment, analyzed feedstock supply, reviewed contracts, reviewed site and infrastructure considerations, and advised with negotiation of contracts.  
Commercial Terms Review , Environmental , Fertilizers , Gasification , Intellectual Property , Project Feasibility
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
Nitrogen Fertilizers Arbitration
Assisted an investor in asserting claims that the owner’s poor performance in completing an EPC contract and its subsequent operation of a world-scale nitrogen fertilizers project resulted in economic losses.  Work included evaluation of the EPC contracting strategy, evaluation of project controls, analysis of the operating performance of the project, review of whether natural gas supplies were adequate, evaluation of electrical power supply and grid reliability, and analysis of capital investment required to improve operations to industry standards.  Provided an expert report that was accepted into evidence in an international arbitration proceeding.  
Arbitration , Expert Witness/Testimony , Fertilizers
Nitrogen Related Incident
Investigated events surrounding the rupture of a nitrogen vessel utilized to purge process equipment during a planned TA.  The rupture led to several employee injuries and a fatality.  Assisted counsel by evaluating existing plant safe work practices, procedures utilized by different parties associated with the event, and OSHA/PSM requirements relative to the job that was being performed.  Efforts included reviewing employee depositions, employee and contractor safe work practices, documentation related to the planned TA and incident, and OSHA regulations.  Developed expert report and provided deposition testimony. 
Expert Witness/Testimony , Fertilizers , Operations/Maintenance
Ammonia Plant Relocation
Evaluated technical issues related to project management in the relocation of an ammonia plant.  Reviewed records related to schedule, progress measurement, and construction budgets throughout the relocation project.  Reviewed project execution plan and compared actual execution to plan.  Also advised on responsibilities of the owner, contractor, and subcontractors on the project.
EPC-related , Expert Witness/Testimony , Fertilizers , Industry Practice/Standard of Care , Project Feasibility