Oil & Gas Production

Need someone who can comfortably expound on the intricacies of whole-field, three-stage electrostatic desalters? Or a commanding authority on cryogenic NGL recovery and fractionation? Our oil and gas expertise runs uncommonly deep.

From the well-head to the market, our consultants offer experience in onshore and offshore oil and gas production facilities and pipelines. In commercial matters, we have advised and provided expert services on the market value of crude oil and natural gas and tariffs for regulated pipelines. Our consultants have hands-on experience in accident investigations, contract disputes, and production sharing agreements in the upstream industry.

Case Studies

How "Petroleum" is Defined Can Have Important Contractual Implications

July 1, 2013

The definition of "petroleum" was front and center in a lawsuit about compensation related to an oil and gas partnership agreement. Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) had been converted to derivative products, sold at world market prices; however, a consultant's override was based on sales revenues from downstream products. Expert opinions based on a working knowledge of petroleum production contracts, natural gas processing and LPG production, and other derivative products helped facilitate a settlement.

Refinery Power Outage-What Were the Damages?

January 1, 2020

Uninterrupted electrical power is essential for the safe and continuous operation of petroleum refineries; power interruptions can result in equipment damage, loss of operating income, and commercial losses. Baker & O'Brien was retained to evaluate the impact on a refinery after a series of power disruptions from the local utility. We prepared an expert report and presented evidence to the court based on an evaluation of the operational response and associated costs vis-vis refinery-specific and market-related data.

A Difference of Opinion - Major Offshore Incident

October 1, 2019

The responsibility for damages pursuant to an offshore oil and gas production platform explosion and fire resulted in a dispute between the insurers regarding cause and origin. Baker & O'Brien was engaged to test two different expert opinions developed during the incident investigation through a review of cited evidence and extensive operating records. Following an open pre-mediation expert conference and supplementary written reports, the dispute was quickly resolved in an international mediation.