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 Expert  731474

Expert in Oil, Liquids and Natural Gas Pipeline Tolls, Tariffs, Cost of Service Models


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

Alberta
Canada
Education Work History Career Accomplishments Consulting Services Expert Witness Market Research

Summary of Expertise:

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Expert, a professional engineer, has been involved in the oil and natural gas industry for over 35 years in Canada and the United States. For half his career he has been involved in the energy consulting sector.

He specializes in the areas of: * Development and implementation natural gas and liquid pipelines rates and tariff design * Development of economic/financial (cost of service) computer models related to pipeline rates and tolls design * Cost allocation and appropriateness of cost of service components * Development of regulatory processes and frameworks related to the administration and operations of pipelines and gas distribution systems * Cost allocation and pricing of storage and other gas distribution services and assets * Strategic and operational planning for all sections of the natural gas industry, liquids and petroleum regarding investment opportunities, in particular to infrastructure development and usage * Facilitation of project strategic plans and economic/financial scenario planning related to natural gas, liquid and oil supplies, markets, storage, transportation and regulatory developments including the development of financial computer models to assist in the analysis of the economic evaluations * Natural gas price forecasting and other related marketing issues for natural gas * Natural gas supply developments, supply portfolio management for distributors and large industrial consumers,

Expert has appeared as an Expert Witness on the above matters before Federal, Provincial and States Public Utilities Commissions in Canada and the United States on the above areas since 1985.

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natural gas industry

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Public Utilities Commission

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regulatory affairs

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utility cost analysis

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arbitration testimony

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Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1975   Bachelor of Engineering   Mining and Resource Economic   McGill University  
1980   Professional Engineering     Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1990 to

 

(Undisclosed Consulting Company)

 


 

President

 

Expert is an independent consultant responsible to fulfilling all of his consulting clients requests as outlined in specific consulting agreements.

2003 to 2004

 

Navigant Consulting Inc

 

Energy

 

Director Energy Practice - Associate

 

Expert was responsible of the operations of the Calgary office, solicitation of prospective clients, marketing Navigant's expertise and products, development of new client-focused assignments and maintaining existing client consulting assignments.

1991 to 1993

 

Ziff Energy Group

 

Natural Gas

 

Senior Vice President - Associate

 

Expert had executive responsibility for the natural gas consulting practice of the firm which involved all aspects of firm administration, client oversight, development of multi-client projects, development of responses to proposals, appearing as an expert witness of behalf of clients before energy regulators and arbitrators.

1984 to 1990

 

Independent Petroleum Association of Canada

 

Natural Gas

 

Manager of Regulatory Affairs

 

Expert was a senior member of the management team reporting to the Board of Directors. Expert was responsible for the management of all all the association's member committees related to development of energy policies in Canada that would involve presentations to energy regulatory agencies in Canada, provincial and federal energy departments. Expert was responsible for responding to member's requests for information and research, drafting of presentations and evidence (both policy and expert opinion) regarding natural gas and crude oil: pricing; pipeline rates and tariffs, expansions; energy policies associated with deregulation of natural gas and oil in Canada; appearing before energy regulators both as a policy and expert witness; lobbying before provincial and federal government energy policy departments, and elected government officials. Expert was also responsible for the development and presentation of yearly budgets related to his responsibilities before the Board of Directors (apart from the budget for staffing and administration of the Association, Expert's budget far exceeded all other departments and had the greatest scrutiny.

1977 to 1984

 

Dome Petroleum Ltd/ Hudson Bay Oil and Gas Company Limited

 

Various

 

Senior Regulatory and Market Analyst, Senior Pipeline and Project Engineer – Gas Liquids

 

Expert started his career in the petroleum industry as an engineer, working in a variety operating and management departments, where he gained significant experience in the development and analysis of pipelines' economics: natural gas, petroleum and related product markets; budgetary development.

1980 to 1981

 

Royal Bank of Canada

 

Oil and Gas Division

 

Senior Pipeline Engineer

 

Expert took a one year sabbatical to work with the Royal Bank of Canada in assisting its oil and natural gas division in the development of financial models regarding the viability of large scale pipeline projects throughout the world.

1975 to 1977

 

KPMG (formerly Peat, Marwick, Mitchell)

 

Audit and Management Consulting

 

Senior Auditor/Consultant

 

After graduating from McGill University in Engineering, Expert commenced working for KPMG while undertaking Graduate Courses in Accounting, Finance and Economics.


Career Accomplishments:
Licenses/Certifications

Professional Engineer, Province of Alberta


Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Canadian Municipality: Retained to assist in the examination of its municipal gas supply arrangements and develop various alternatives. Examination of utilities cost of service (revenue requirements) and the appropriateness and design of specific cost of service components. Further retained by the municipality to assist in the development and renegotiation of a new franchise agreement between the municipality and gas distributor.
  • Canadian Provincial Energy Regulator: Retained to examine the future upstream supply and transportation arrangements respecting a local gas distributor. Subsequently retained by the regulator to assist in the review of the LDC's application for a restructured storage and transportation arrangements.
  • Canadian Market and Regulatory Review for US Investment Company: Undertook an examination of the Canadian natural gas transportation system, market outlook, and regulatory framework respecting near term future developments for a US Investment company. The assignment involved not only a detailed description of the existing Canadian natural gas industry, but conducting confidential interviews with key stakeholder to determine their views of current issues, challenges and possible changes to the natural gas market and transportation systems in Canada related to the ability of a new entrant into the gas merchant business.
  • Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board: The lead regulatory/technical/economic consultant to the Board Members, staff and counsel regarding the examination of a new gas distributor(s) for the Province of Nova Scotia. The process also involved review and development of all aspects of Board review of gas distribution regulations, including the regulations governing the review of gas distributors, including the development of program to related increased Board regulatory operational costs, application fees and hearing costs. The selection process was undertaken under the directions of a formal public hearing, involving pre-filed testimony, data requests and interrogatories, and oral cross-examination and delivery of final briefs.
  • Northern Natural Gas Infrastructure (Project 1): Retained to develop a number of financial models related to petroleum and natural gas production and infrastructure investment opportunities in northern Canada. Financial models were developed for each potential investment in a variety of infrastructures as well as an overall corporate model that integrated all of the potential individual investment opportunities.Northern Natural Gas/Liquid Infrastructure (Project 2): Retained to develop and evaluate strategic investment options related to petroleum and natural gas facilities in Northern Canada from delivery to burner-tip. A number of financial models (including detailed cost-of-service pipeline/distribution models) were developed for each potential investment in a variety of infrastructures as well as an overall corporate model that integrated all of the potential individual investment opportunities.
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Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Specific appearances and/or assistance in the following public regulatory proceedings:

• 2006/2007 National Energy Board – Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Provided expert evidence regarding pipeline tolls, tariffs and regulatory policies on behalf of a Canadian oil and natural gas producer as well as assisting Legal counsel. • 2004 Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board – Heritage Gas Rate Case Lead rates and tariff consultant to Board Members and counsel regarding the first rate case application by the principal natural gas distributor in Nova Scotia. • 2004 Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board Gas Distribution Rights – Strait Area Gas Lead technical, regulatory and management consultant regarding examination of revised gas distribution rights application in a specific region of Nova Scotia. • 2002 Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board Gas Distribution Rights – Revisited Lead technical and management consultant to Board Members and counsel regarding the awarding of natural gas distribution rights (subsequent proceeding required due to the relinquishment of franchise rights by Sempra Atlantic) • 2002 Ontario Energy Board Enbridge Gas Distribution– Alliance Pipeline Capacity Appeared as an expert witness as to the appropriateness of contracting for long term capacity on the Alliance Pipeline system and the Canadian natural gas market conditions existing at the time of contracting for capacity by the utility. • 2002 Alberta Energy and Utilities Board ATCO Gas – Carbon Storage Appeared as an expert witness regarding an appropriate storage transfer price between affiliates and whether the existing regulated storage facilities were continued to be required for utility purposes. • 2001 British Columbia Utilities Commission Plateau Pipelines (Pembina Pipelines) Appeared as an expert witness regarding oil pipeline toll designs and regulatory policies regarding safely and environmental practices. • 2001 National Energy Board TransCanada PipeLines Appeared as an expert witness regarding various tariff/tolling matters on behalf of long-term transportation shippers. • 2000 Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board Sempra Atlantic Gas Lead technical and management consultant to Board Members and counsel regarding Sempra Atlantic's initial distribution tolls and tariff application. • 2000 Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board Gas Marketing Licence Lead technical and management consultant to Board Members and counsel regarding the determination of gas marketing licences. • 1999 Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board Gas Distribution Rights Lead technical and management consultant to Board Members and counsel regarding the awarding of natural gas distribution rights. • 1998 National Energy Board Coleman Pipeline Appeared as an expert witness respecting future gas supply and markets relating to natural gas in Alberta. • 1997 National Energy Board Novagas Canada Ltd. Appeared as an expert witness regarding tolling and tariff issues related to transportation services access. • 1996 Manitoba Public Utilities Board Generic Hearing - Future Role of the Gas Distributor Appeared as an expert witness relating to the past, current and future business environment for the marketing of natural gas from the wellhead to the burner tip and the future changes to the retail marketing of natural gas and other energy services. • 1995 Alberta Energy & Utilities Board NOVA Gas Transmission Appeared as an expert witness on natural gas pricing issues, outlook for the forthcoming tolling year • 1994 California Public Utilities Commission Pacific Gas & Electric Company Appeared as an expert witness on behalf of a major shipper respecting the appropriate financial and economic performance measure to evaluate pipeline efficiency and effectiveness. • 1993 Manitoba Public Utilities Board Centra Gas Manitoba Inc. Rate Case Appeared as an expert witness on natural gas pricing issues, outlook for the forthcoming tolling year • 1993 Ontario Energy

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Market Research:
Since 1990, Expert has consulted to most sectors of the petroleum and natural industry in the above areas of expertise, as well as for electrical generators, natural distribution companies, mining companies and a variety of federal and provincial government energy departments and regulatory agencies. Not only does Expert provide strategic advice and recommendations regarding his specific expertise but he has developed specific computer financial models to assist in the evaluation of the various scenarios related to investment opportunities, in particular to investments in the upstream and midstream sectors of the petroleum and gas industry.

Expert has appeared before energy regulatory agencies in Canada and in the United States as an expert witness related to natural gas pricing determination and supply assurance; oil pipeline rate design; natural gas transmission and distribution rates and tariffs; and the development of regulatory processes related to natural gas distribution and transmission systems. He has written and spoken at energy conferences on a variety of energy development issues including development of regulatory frameworks, changes to gas transmission and distribution systems in a competitive environment, natural gas supply and pricing outlooks.

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