Industries We Serve
Refineries, Petrochemical and Chemical
Our refinery consultants have many years of experience working with clients on petrochemical, chemical, and other process industry projects. We invite you to explore our project management, expert witness, claims prevention, and other consulting services in more detail.
Analyzed the expediting costs associated with a $320 million rebuild of a refinery in Alberta following a fire. This work was performed in support of the insurance company’s interest on a property damage claim that the refinery owner filed. Analyzed the trade-offs of increased time-related costs that would have been incurred had the work not been expedited compared to the increased costs as a result of a fast track schedule. Evaluated the results of the various scenarios using Monte Carlo calculations to derive a probabilistic determination of the range of costs as a function of the variables involved in the analyses. Analyses contributed to a successful settlement between the insurance carrier and the owner.
Served as tribunal appointed experts for technical and schedule delay issues associated with an €18 million claim and a €145 million counterclaim on a major oil refinery upgrading and expansion project in Europe. The disputes were being resolved in ICC arbitration proceedings. Prepared expert reports and testified before the tribunal.
Argentina, Spain, and The Netherlands
Provided dispute resolution services in support of a chemical company that was defending against $150 million in impact claims made by a European EPC contractor on several polyethylene terephthalate plants. Participated in the document discovery, research, organization, and coding of over 500,000 project records into an Internet-based document repository. Assisted in answering interrogatories and prepared questions for fact witness depositions. Scrutinized the entitlement of alleged critical path schedule delays due to late and continuous changes, technology changes, late turnover package approvals, weather impacts, and slow agency reviews potentially affecting 15,000 schedule activities. Developed a comprehensive delay allocation model used to quantify and document critical path and concurrent delays affecting the schedules. Correlated issues to schedule activities. Employed a retrospective CPM schedule delay analysis methodology to correctly calculate entitlement for compensable delay costs and evaluate concurrent delays due to approved change orders, fact-based project issues, and weather impacts as supported by project records. Based on the findings, the contractor’s claims were grossly overstated and unsupported; the owner enjoyed a favorable settlement at a small fraction of the total dispute. Performed extensive schedule quality assurance review studies of the contractor’s contemporaneous EPC project schedules to determine if these schedules were fit for delay analysis including identification and resolution of open-end activities, over use of constraints, incorrect as-built dates, missing as-built dates, missing original scope, and missing logic.
Prepared an expert report for an ICC arbitration in London concerning a refinery project in Iraq. Prepared analyses and provided opinions regarding the delays that occurred during the project and the parties responsible for the project delays. Prepared analyses and provided opinions concerning the validity of the costs the contractor incurred as a result of terminating its subcontracts and executing new subcontracts with replacement subcontractors.
On behalf of an owner, analyzed a Canadian contractor’s $25 million delay and disruption claim against the owner of a refinery. The venue was international arbitration under UNCITRAL rules. The contractor’s scope of work involved the construction of a new visbreaker unit, modernization of instrumentation facilities, and a revamp of a fluid catalytic cracker oil upgrading process unit. The project further involved the organization of thousands of documents and assessments of alleged delays and disruption impacts identified in change orders, correspondence, meeting minutes, disruption notices, monthly progress reports, and CPM updates. The scope of work also included a detailed CPM schedule analysis and the quantification of damages. Prepared an expert report in international arbitration prior to settlement of the dispute.
Featured Team Members
Rod C. Carter, CCE, PSP
Curtis W. Foster
S. Andrew McIntosh
Ronald J. Rider, M.B.A.
Garrett J. Brown
Larry R. Dysert, CCP, CEP, DRMP
Michael T. Gunter, P.E., EVP
Kenney W. McNabb, M.B.A.
Senior Executive Consultant
Long International serves the global construction industry on projects of all types and sizes, as well as disputes of various complexities. We invite you to explore the projects that our refinery professionals have been involved in worldwide.