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Case studies

The following are provided as examples. If more details are required please contact us.

Project definition
A significant project in which we were involved was for Sakhalin Energy Investment Company (SEIC) – with Shell being a significant shareholder – who hired us to define a substantial EOD task within a USD 20 billion infrastructure upgrade project on Sakhalin Island off the east coast of Russia. We then helped specify the Statement of Work and assisted in the overall tendering process.

We also worked on projects for a mix of multilateral organisations and governments. Each of these has interesting features: one involved work on problematic international borders; one was within a highly complex political environment; and another – Falkland Islands – is extremely remote location. In all cases we are involved in project definition and in the full contracting spectrum.

Contracting
All of the above projects involve designing Statements of Work and in the subsequent contracting process. Each Statement of Work is individually tailored to meet client requirements and adapted to address the technical realities of the task to be undertaken. On occasions this has required an innovative approach. Clearly we only undertake such work where we have no conflict of interest.

Project monitoring
This has been large part of our work and has taken place in almost all of the 35 countries mentioned earlier. We have been brought in to advise on projects that are failing and, in particular, whether the project can proceed or should be cancelled. In such situations we provide impartial advice to the client and in every case the projects proceeded to a successful conclusion although the original outcomes were not always achieved. In such cases we assist in the inevitable contract re-negotiations which are essential if the client is to get an acceptable level of value from the project.

Environment
Landmines and unexploded bombs left in or under the ground pose an environmental problem. For six years Alistair acted, within a multi-skilled team, as an Independent Reviewer for the United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) advising on a multi-billion dollar environmental remediation project in Kuwait. In turn the UNCC reported to the Governing Council of the United Nations whose membership is the same as that of the fifteen-member Security Council.

Despite his considerable experience over 30 years, this project posed challenges not encountered before.

Authorship
Alistair is now spending some of his time writing a book recounting a selection of his experiences and more books are planned. This is a new departure for him and it remains to be seen whether it will become another career stream!

Most of the Independent Reviewers with Kuwait colleagues in an area of wet oil lakes.

Environment
Landmines and unexploded bombs left in or under the ground pose an environmental problem. For 6 years Alistair acted, within a multi-skilled team, as an Independent Reviewer for the United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) advising on a multi-billion dollar environmental remediation project in Kuwait. In turn the UNCC reported to the Governing Council of the United Nations whose membership is the same as that of the fifteen-member Security Council.

Despite his considerable experience over 30 years, this project posed challenges not encountered before.

A striking image of oil fires covering large areas of Kuwait immediately after liberation. The free oil shown in the foreground remains in many locations complicating the process of environmental remediation including the location and removal of unexploded ordnance.