EXPERT ADVICE

FEL provides Expert AProject Managementdvice to Insurers, Contractors and Developers covering C.A.R (Contractors All Risks) Insurance, Planning Permits and Technical Disputes following fault or failure modes on major projects, together with the management of follow-up Project Recovery assignments.

The principal of FEL has acted as a Witness in the Official Referees Court London, Central Commercial Court Vienna and the Federal High Court Lagos. He carried out the Gulf War Assessment Report for MEW (Ministry of Electricity & Water) of all Mitsubishi built EHV substation facilities following liberation of Kuwait

Some of the challenging projects that FEL has undertaken have included Claims and Contractual advice (“C&C Services”) provided through international Consultants:  

  •  Shuaiba III IWPP (935 MW + 194 mgd) Saudi Arabia, for Investors  
  • University Teaching Hospital Sharjah UAE, for General Contractor 
  • Al Mesaieed 2,000 MW IPP Qatar, for EPC Contractor
  • OPIC (Overseas Private Investment Corporation, USA). LFS (Life, Fire & Safety) Audit for 20+ high & medium rise residential developments in Sao Paulo, Brazil to ensure compliance with Section 3 of IFC (International Finance Corporation) EHS Guidelines. 

Dvory, Slovak Republic: EPC contract management and site supervision of a process plant manufacturing Xylose - a natural sweetener for animal feedstock and distillate from corn cobs - under a project recovery programme, following schedule delays by others.

 

Crown Agents: Technical Expert for the Massinger Dam rehabilitation, Limpopo River, Mozambique adjudicating Civil and M&E packages on the multi-purpose development for ARA-Sul, the southern region water authority, under the AfDB funded scheme

St. Martins, Netherland Antilles: advice to PFI buyout consortium on hurricane damaged leisure resort comprising Hotel, Casino and Timeshare apartments and in negotiations with Institutional Investor (State Pension Fund) who owned the asset on default of Project Managementthe original Operators.

Choma, Zambia: the site supervision staff on the Victoria Falls Hydroelectric project, were called to assist in an emergency following the collapse of a mass concrete dam for Muzuma Water Supply Scheme. Knight Piesold was subsequently appointed for the reconstruction of the dam upstream of the original site and away from a geological fault line, which was adjudged to have contributed to the original failure.

FEL, in collaboration with Baker & O'Brien Inc. of the USA, formulated a strategic plan for an integrated Crude Oil Supply and Product Marketing Operation on behalf of AIC, one of the five short-listed international groups invited to bid for the privatisation of the Pointe-a-Pierre refinery, Trinidad. The overall assignment entailed extensive negotiations with the government of Trinidad & Tobago and their management consultants CSFB (Credit Suisse First Boston). The project finance was offered through Chase Manhattan Bank and Union Bank of Switzerland; legal sevices by Jones Day Reavis & Pogue, Geneva.

FEL were commissioned by K&H (Kereskedelmi & Hitel) Bank Rt of Hungary to provide a financial model for the Kalvin Ter development located in central Budapest. The bank acquired the site through default of a customer and subsequent property asset take-over under liquidation procedures. A design team led by Ove Arup had drawn up proposals for redevelopment of the site for offices and retail; it was immediately adjacent to a recently developed modern hotel (by others) and had excellent access to transport routes, including metro railway station.The financial model tested the design proposals in comparison with known market parameters through a robust Risk and Sensitivity Analysis.