Power Generation

Need a hand assessing fuel substitution opportunities? Is construction behind schedule and over budget? Or how about investigating the root cause of a turbine failure? We’ve assisted major utility companies and EPC firms with generation and co-generation of power for — well, over a generation.

Case Studies

Power Plant Construction Dispute Energized by Missed Milestones

October 12, 2022

After key project schedule milestones were missed for a combined cycle power plant mega project, the Contractor and its Subcontractor began faulting one another for the delays and cost escalation. Baker & O’Brien analyzed the project documents, contemporaneous records, and correspondence to determine the responsibilities and impacts for the missed milestones. Our expert opinions, rendered in a technical report, a reply expert report and various joint expert reports proved useful in resolution of the dispute.

How Much is "Old" Fuel Oil Worth?

August 1, 2017

When a fuel oil-fired power plant was sold for demolition and site reclamation, the parties could not agree on the value of the residual fuel oil inventory. Baker & O'Brien determined the "heel" in the residual product, disposition practices and options, and the ultimate product net value. We analyzed the quality of the product and assessed its value.

Power Failure - Who's to Blame?

April 1, 2017

A dispute cropped up when a refiner suffered production losses after its backup power from the grid did not function as expected during a power failure. Baker & O'Brien's role was to sort out the responsibilities at the operational interface between refiner, power cogenerator, and the utility provider to understand why the incident happened. Our testimony addressed the chronology of the failure, operational relationships, and the steps that each operator would have been expected to take.