Energy Industry

We are up-to-date on the latest upstream developments and we’ve got downstream down. From wellhead to consumer, clients from every facet of the energy industry rely on Baker & O’Brien’s experience and technical expertise to solve unique and complex challenges.

Energy Value Chain

We have assisted companies with operations in the following industry segments:

  • Oil and gas gathering
  • Pipeline, water, rail, and truck transportation
  • Natural gas processing, marketing, and distribution
  • Petroleum refining and marketing
  • Power generation
  • Chemical, petrochemical, agrochemical, and specialty chemical manufacturing

Complex Matters

We commonly address the following matters that require technical and commercial expertise:

  • Project management
  • Insurance claims
  • Asset valuations
  • Commercial contracts
  • Standard of care
  • Due diligence
  • Technology assessments
  • Competitive and market analysis
  • Feasibility studies
  • Operations analysis and optimization
  • Supply chain analysis
  • Best practices management
  • Accident investigation

Case Studies

Allocating Environmental Remediation Costs for an Old Refinery Site

January 29, 2024

A comprehensive environmental site remediation was required for a refinery storage facility and pipeline corridor, but there was an ongoing dispute about which parties were responsible for the clean-up cost. Baker & O’Brien was engaged to review the approaches to allocating the total remediation costs among several potentially liable parties and conduct cost modeling and allocation analyses. Our consultant prepared an expert report and provided deposition testimony.

Commercial Impacts of Butane Blending into Crude Oil

January 1, 2022

A pipeline crude oil quality dispute arose when one shipper on a common carrier pipeline complained that the price of its crude was reduced as a result of butane blending into the pipeline. We explored the butane content of light crude oils, price relationships between butane content and oil price, pipeline throughput impacts and the impacts on petroleum refiners. Baker & O'Brien's expert opinions and reports helped facilitate a settlement.

Terminal Operator Access to Crude Oil Pipeline - Connecting the Dots

April 1, 2022

Pipeline regulatory agency involvement was required when a terminal operator sought to blend a heavy crude oil into a light sour crude oil shipped on a common carrier pipeline. Baker & O'Brien identified the regulatory requirements and determined the economic impact of the proposed crude oil blending. We submitted expert reports to assist the regulatory agency in evaluating the issue, which was decided without oral hearings.