Crude Oil Marketing and Trading Reorganization
Provided reviews of crude oil marketing and trading practices of a major international oil company operating in Europe. Prepared analysis of the reorganization, key successful practices, and operating tactics. In the final report, recommendations were made to restructure the organization and change a number of operating practices to improve effectiveness and profitability.
Crude Oil Metering Dispute
Investigated alleged tampering with crude oil Automatic Custody Transfer volume and quality measuring devices. Reviewed common carrier pipeline tariffs, inspected site, and analyzed measurement data. Determined that pipeline company had the right to disconnect the offending shipper.
Crude Oil Economic Evaluation LP
Evaluated whether advanced non-linear optimization evaluation programs provide a material economic advantage compared to traditional linear algorithm programs for the valuation of crude oils purchased by a refinery.
Evaluation of Crude Oil Supply Options and Sale of Crude Gathering System
Performed economic and strategic evaluation of existing crude oil gathering system for possible sale and alternate crude supply options for a domestic refining company.
Review of Economics for Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Pipeline and Tertiary Crude Oil Recovery Project
Provided arbitration testimony concerning the viability of tertiary recovery and the developer’s project economics evaluation methodology.
Crude Logistics Improvement Study for Refinery
Led study to improve refinery crude oil logistics for short and long term. Immediate results included adding a short connection to a major Gulf Coast crude pipeline allowing the company to reduce third party storage and working capital in excess of $5 million and to reduce crude oil transportation costs. Long term modeling identified the optimal amount of refinery storage and dock space required for economic flexibility and refinery growth requirements.
Offshore Platform Contingent Business Interruption Claim
Reviewed and analyzed service company business interruption claims regarding the shutdown and delay in start up of offshore oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. The platforms' operations had been impacted by the 2005 hurricanes Dennis, Rita, and Katrina.
Crude Pipeline Gathering System Economic Study
Reviewed 500-mile domestic crude gathering system logistics and crude delivery economics. Provided recommendation on possible divestiture, crude oil processing economics, and consideration of alternative crude oil supply sources.
Crude Oil Pipeline Evaluation
Commercial finance firm required investigation on behalf of a refinery whether to purchase an existing idle crude pipeline in need of rehabilitation or to build a new crude pipeline to supply refinery. Recommended the construction of a new pipeline which subsequently occurred.
Accident and Fatality Investigation
Investigated cause of fatality at a drilling rig during rig set up. Inspected site, evaluated factual evidence and reviewed owner and contractor maintenance, construction and safety procedures and practices.