CJH Energy works closely with the following Senior Associates to offer additional hands-on experience in the field of commodities trading, hedging, shipping, technology and refining.
A European Chartered Chemical Engineer also qualified in Accounting and Finance, Peter has been involved in the upstream and downstream oil and gas sectors since 1970, developing expertise in a diverse range of techno-economic disciplines. On an international basis, clients have been provided with advice on:
- asset valuations;
- project evaluations;
- crude oil and gas field development and production options,
- oil and gas field economics and fiscal regime aspects, and transportation options,
- crude oil evaluation, refining and marketing, and refined product trading and marketing,
- oil and gas pipeline analysis,
- gas transmission, distribution, marketing and competing fuel economics, and
- power generation economics and power demand studies.
In the field of dispute resolution, clients have been provided with advice on:
- insurance and commercial disputes associated with crude oil, petroleum products and natural gas/LPG/LNG cargo losses and cargo quality specifications,
- refining, petrochemical, gas processing/petrochemical plant and shipping incidents, assessment of related consequential damages and financial damages limitation strategies,
- contractual disputes associated with oil and gas development, refining, petrochemical and gas processing plant construction projects,
- commercial disputes associated with crude oil, petroleum products, and natural gas/LPG/LNG supply and shipping contracts, and
- commercial disputes associated with petroleum project-related equipment supply contracts and tendering procedures.
First at Mobil Oil Company and then at Esso Petroleum Company, Peter undertook various assignments in process engineering, computer control, production control and scheduling, and supply operations. At Mobil’s Coryton refinery, he was promoted to Operations Supervisor, with responsibility for crude oil distillation, naphtha reforming, catalytic cracking and gas treating units. At Esso, Peter was appointed Onsite Operations Supervisor for the Milford Haven refinery.
In 1979, Peter joined the Trading Division of the British National Oil Corporation (BNOC) as Manager of Technical and Supply Planning. In this role, his responsibilities included corporate management and supply planning, the evaluation and pricing of the crude oil, LPG and refined products traded by the Corporation, and the provision of technical support to BNOC’s transportation activities.
Following 6 years at BNOC, Peter was appointed Downstream Manager at the then primarily upstream consultancy, Gaffney, Cline & Associates (GCA), whereupon he quickly established a successful international downstream consulting practice. Senior promotions included Projects Director, responsible for executive control of all projects handled by GCA’s UK company, and Director of Downstream Oil, Gas and Power.
In 2000, Peter established Synergy Consulting Services Limited (SCSL), providing a wide range of international clients with technical, economic, strategic, due diligence and, in particular, dispute resolution services, the latter focussing primarily on expert witness advice and expert determination. His wide-ranging knowledge and experience are highly regarded by clients and law firms. Alleged damages in the disputes in which he has been involved as an expert have varied from $50,000 to $8 billion.
Max Beckett has 25 years’ experience within the oil industry, having held senior management roles at several global oil traders. His expertise encompasses operations, blending, shipping, risk management, business development, oil and gas supply, storage and distribution and Mergers & Aquistions.
Max spent 11 years working as Head of Operations and Supply at Blue Oil Group (in both the UK and the Americas), followed by a further 4 years as Head of Business Development at Petredec (Europe) Ltd (UK). Preceding these roles, Max also held the responsibility of VP of Operations and Business Development at Itochu Petroleum Corp (USA). At present, he is the Commercial Director of MB Energi Ltd (UK/Kenya).
Max has led strategic initiatives across the energy sphere with experience in the areas of litigation, arbitration mediation and negotiation in relation to disputes. Examples of some cases are listed below:
- Successful mediation between Mauritian Government and a Trading Company in relation to the efficient utilisation of a storage terminal; resulting in significant increase in annual revenues.
- Successful mediation between the Guatemalan government and a Trading Company in relation to distressed assets at a Guatemalan storage terminal and tax arrears. He mediated agasint the seizure of assets with the local Government and Concerned Companies, resulting in an operational downstream sales division solution with increased net profit.
- Investigation and management of several off-specification cargoes to mitigate losses and manage insurance and counterparty claims prior to litigation.
- Arbitration for various breach of contract claims.
With over 40 years of experience, Terence Kelly has gained considerable knowledge and expertise in the oil and gas industry, specializing in Mechanical Completion, Commissioning and Start Up. Have been appointed to managerial positions on numerous occasions, Terence has worked on FPSO’s, TLP’s, Drilling Rigs, Pipe laying Vessel and Fixed Platforms, onshore facilities and pipelines. His work has involved both Offshore and Onshore activities, in environments including design office, fabrication yards and offshore projects. These projects have taken place in various locations, including the North Sea, USA, Canada, Africa and Asia.
In the early years of his career, Terence held senior roles for Shell UK, namely Senior Commissioning Technician at Brent Field (1976-80), and on the Fulmar Project (1980-83). Then onto the British Gas Morecambe Project, starting in London office then through construction yards to offshore start up.Terence has held several positions as Managing Director for different companies and projects, responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management, and reporting this to those his senior. Such responsibilities were assumed at Teesworld Group and Derian Limited. In March 1992, Terence assumed the role of Senior Commissioning Engineer at British Gas as part of the North Morecambe Project. Based in the London Design Office, he was responsible for reviewing project documentation, vetting and approving Commissioning Procedures. Following this, he was relocated to the Fabrication Yard at Lowestoft, overseeing the onshore construction and commissioning activities. This progressed to offshore work, until the commissioning completion and platform handover in August 1993, when he returned to project office for contract close out. In July 1997, Terence successfully managed the Bideford Dolphin STV Project under the authority of Harland and Wolff Ltd. Duties involved the initial creation of a commissioning infrastructure, subsequently establishing the commissioning plan and the full Commissioning Protocol. After the success of this project, these measures have been adopted as regular corporate procedures. Following this role, Terence was appointed as Lead Commissioning/MC Manager of the Jotun FPSO Project for Esso Norge (June 1998). In this position, he was responsible for the day-to-day monitoring of progress, quality and safety, whilst also operating as Interface Co-ordinator with Esso-s sub-contractors. At the request of the Esso Commissioning Manager Terence was transferred into Commissioning Department as Commissioning Co-ordinator; following this, he was transferred offshore as Lead Engineer, before being relocated to the Fabricators Office to close out the project. The project is recognised as one of the more successful FPSO projects, and is in full production.
Following several positions within the same field of work, Terence was appointed Lead Commissioning Engineer in the Greater Plutonio Project (FPSO), with BP, in February 2005. He began this role in the Design Office (Leatherhead), with roles including the writing of commissioning specifications, reviewing design documents, and formulating system limits. In October, he was relocated to HHI facility, Ulsan, South Korea where he was responsible for the commissioning of all, and operating equipment up to handover to operations. Terence went onto Maersk Contractors as Lead Commissioning Engineer in the Vincent FPSO Project, in August 2007. Posted to the Module Fabrication Yard in Thailand, his responsibilities included the review and comment on the design and configuration of mechanical systems, review of system limits, and the review of MC data base (PROcoSYS in Thailand, WinPCS in Singapore), also developing the MC procedures. Following the completion of activities in Thailand, he was relocated to the integration site in Singapore (December 2007). Here, the contract involved the Shipyard’s commission of the Hull systems and client commission of the topsides; Terence was responsible for monitoring and advising the contractor on Hull MC and commissioning activities, and selecting and supervising the team who would complete the project. Once completed, the vessel moved to anchor, and he travelled with her to location in NW Australia.
In June 2012, Terence engaged in a short-term contract as MC Manager to troubleshoot the deficient MC system of the Pappa Terra FPSO Project. This role involved the selective recruitment of specialists, subsequently working together to reconstruct the handover system. This was followed by the establishment of new system boundaries, taking control over the ‘Proarc’ database in order to revaluate, verify and input the necessary data. This allowed for, upon completion, the clearly defined scope, detailed and efficient system boundaries, and the updated completions database, thus demonstrating the success of the project.
In more recent years, as a self-employed consultant, Terence has engaged in several projects. In May 2017, he was taken on as an Independent Consultant on the Audit in Singapore of an FPSO project. Having assessed information concerning the vessel’s sailaway, the report offered to the client proved wholly accurate. Having received training in arbitration procedures by ‘Bond Salon’, Terence attended a three week arbitration in Malaysia (KLRCA/AIAC Rules), assisting the legal team and being involved in cross examination. In total, he was involved in the project – with a total counterclaim of US$ 573 million – for 18 month.Terence assumed the position of Lead Technical Expert/Expert Witness for the EPC contractor regarding an operator’s counterclaim for costs incurred in the construction of the first semi-submersible floating oil production system in Southeast Asia. He worked with a specialist team concerned with, to name a few, control systems, water systems, preservation, and metallurgy. Following his involvement in this project, a report, titled ‘Kelly Hazlett’, was published to the tribunal, referred to extensively throughout legal proceedings. Most recently, in January 2020, Terence held the role of Technical Consultant/Expert Witness with regards to a dispute between FPSO operator and shipyard, responsible for advising on MC, pre-commissioning and commissioning. He was also required to review and comment on the procedures of both parties, analysing the MC/Commissioning planning alongside the methods of recording progress, how the schedule mirrored the plan, and commenting on any perceived deficiencies.