EPIC

We help clients negotiate contracts and resolve disputes under EPC, EPIC and EPCIC projects for fixed structure and floating platforms.  

Our expertise includes:
 

  • Claims for additional remuneration / additional time under Change / Variation Orders 
     
  • Delay and disruption claims
     
  • Defects in the basic/ preliminary design/ FEED
     
  • Advising on clauses and claims concerning soil conditions
     
  • Advising on clauses and claims concerning adverse weather
     
  • Disputes arising from the failure to obtain the necessary licences/ permits to work
     
  • Allegations of defective performance
     
  • Payment disputes
     
  • Claims of Force Majeure
     
  • Delays/ late completion
     
  • Risk allocation / indemnity/ knock for knock, limitation and exclusion clauses
     
  • Insurance and reinsurance policy wordings 
     
  • Advising on losses due to negligence, fires, collisions, the failure of machinery and the dragging of anchors
     
  • Disputes concerning quality and readiness for sail-away/ handover
     
  • Disputes concerning performance of subcontractors and suppliers
     
  • Claims for liquidated damages
     
  • Compliance with local content requirements
     
  • UXO delays
     
  • Insurance disputes
     
  • Post completion defects
     
  • Warranty claims
     

Our experience includes:
 

  • Advised a leading offshore contractor in a claim in London arbitration for an indemnity for costs incurred in relation to the construction of an FPSO resulting from changes in specification during construction. The indemnity claim was for approximately US$150 million.
     
  • Advised a shipyard in respect of warranty claims in relation to a series of semi-submersible drilling vessels of CVA 7500 designs. The ultimate result was that many of the warranty claims were withdrawn and the builder enforced its contractual limitations of liability. 
     
  • Arbitration in London concerning schedule delay and disruption costs on an offshore construction project for an oil production platform.  The shipyard received an additional payment of US$50 million. 
     
  • Resolving a dispute over the modification of an existing FPSO and the delayed commencement of operations offshore Nigeria due to defective production equipment. 
     
  • Advised successful contractor in High Court litigation concerning technical obstacles encountered during conversion of VLCCS for use in floating production operations offshore Brazil.
     
  • Advised an FPSO Contractor in claims with shipyard worth $100 million+ on a redeployment and upgrade project significantly delayed over budget, including regular attendance at the yard, LCIA arbitration facing the yard and advice on delivery of the FPSO into its charter.
     
  • Advised a shipyard in $300 million+ arbitration in respect of major cost overruns and delay following defective design for a series of four bespoke semi-submersible drilling rigs, including working closely with technical experts on design issues.
     
  • Secondment to major Korean shipyard offshore department in 2015 (5 weeks).
     
  • Drafting of pro-forma shipbuilding contracts for national oil company for high-value commercial vessels and offshore vessels.
     
  • Advised  the Buyer of two newbuild semi-submersible accommodation rigs on delivery disputes and termination rights, including negotiation of a “roll over” addendum. 
     
  • Advised a Japanese shipyard on key risks involved in construction of a jack-up wind farm installation vessel. 
     
  • Advised on EPIC contracts for various FPSOs including AGMABI, USAN, AKPO, PAZLOR, FRADE and ICTHYS.
     
  • Advised on the EPIC contract for a compliant tower.
     
  • Advised on the EPIC contract for a floating production platform/ spar in the Gulf of Mexico. 
     
  • Advised a leading SURF contractor on a high value dispute under an EPIC contract due to the late delivery and therefore hook-up of an FPSO. 
     
  • Advised a lead contractor on the EPIC contract for a FLNG Vessel offshore Mozambique.
     
  • Advised on disputes arising out of EPIC contracts relating to various issues including: (i) delay; (ii) cost overruns; (iii) deficiencies in design; (iv) failed equipment and machinery; (v) whether the facility met the contractual specification; and (vi) warranty claims.
     
  • Advised a construction contractor (one of South Korea’s largest construction and civil engineering companies) in its dispute arising under an EPC contract against the prime contractor in relation to the construction of a nuclear power plant in the UAE. This instruction may potentially be amongst the biggest (if not the biggest) construction dispute worldwide at the moment, with the clients' total quantum of the Claims Approx. US$ 500,000,000.
     
  • Advised DSME on consortium agreement re: Wellhead Pressure Management Project in relation to a contract for the fabrication of modules designed to expand oil production facilities and increase production capacity at the Future Growth Project site in Kazakhstan. 
     
  • Advised an industrial plant constructor on US $34 million Thai contract regarding a contractual dispute relating to a power plant being constructed in Thailand. 
     
  • Advised an EPCI contractor in relation to disputes with its employer in relation to requests for additional time and costs.
     
  • Advised an EPCI contractor in relation to disputes with subcontractors in relation to requests for additional time and costs, delays and quality of production.
     
  • Advised an international contractor in relation to dealing with a major UK based subcontractor's insolvency.
     
  • Advised a contractor in relation to fabrication problems.
     
  • Major LCIA arbitration proceedings relating to substantial refit and refurbishment contract for an FPSO vessel.

Global reach

From our offices in the UK, China, Dubai, Paris, Singapore and South Korea, we have extensive experience in offshore oil and gas projects and resolving international disputes. 

Norway

Norway

Representing a leading offshore contractor in a claim in London arbitration for an indemnity for costs incurred in relation to the construction of an FPSO resulting from changes in specification during construction.  The indemnity claim was for approximately US$150 million. 

Acting for shipyard in $300 million+ arbitration in respect of major cost overruns and delay following defective design for a series of four bespoke semi-submersible drilling rigs, including working closely with technical experts on design issues (2014-2016).

Major LCIA arbitration proceedings relating to substantial refit and refurbishment contract for an FPSO vessel (including issues such as termination rights, critical path delay, prolongation claims, the variations regime and scope of work). 

Korea

Korea

Representing a shipyard in respect of warranty claims in relation to a series of semi-submersible drilling vessels of CVA 7500 designs, the ultimate result was that many of the warranty claims were withdrawn and the builder enforced its contractual limitations of liability.

Arbitration in London concerning schedule delay and disruption costs on an offshore construction project for an oil production platform.  The shipyard received an additional payment of US$50 million.

Acting for shipyard in $300 million+ arbitration in respect of major cost overruns and delay following defective design for a series of four bespoke semi-submersible drilling rigs, including working closely with technical experts on design issues (2014-2016).  

Secondment to major Korean shipyard offshore department in 2015 (5 weeks).

Nigeria

Nigeria

Resolving a dispute over the modification of an existing FPSO and the delayed commencement of operations offshore Nigeria due to defective production equipment.

Brazil

Brazil

Advising successful contractor in High Court litigation concerning technical obstacles encountered during conversion of VLCCS for use in floating production operations offshore Brazil.

Acting for FPSO Contractor in claims with shipyard worth $100 million+ on a redeployment and upgrade project significantly delayed over budget, including regular attendance at the yard, LCIA arbitration facing the yard and advice on delivery of the FPSO into its charter.

Advising a leading SURF contractor on a high value dispute under an EPIC contract due to the late delivery and therefore hook-up of an FPSO. 

Major LCIA arbitration proceedings relating to substantial refit and refurbishment contract for an FPSO vessel (including issues such as termination rights, critical path delay, prolongation claims, the variations regime and scope of work).

Negotiating detailed EPIC contract terms (including advising on issues such as step-in rights, termination provisions, warranty provisions, limitations on liability and knock-for-knock clauses, design responsibility, transfer of title, subcontracting and ECAs).

Netherlands

Netherlands

Acting for FPSO Contractor in claims with shipyard worth $100 million+ on a redeployment and upgrade project significantly delayed over budget, including regular attendance at the yard, LCIA arbitration facing the yard and advice on delivery of the FPSO into its charter.  

Advising an FPSO owner on a high value dispute under an EPIC contract arising out of variations and delays on a FPSO conversion.

Singapore

Singapore

Advising the Buyer of two newbuild semi-submersible accommodation rigs on delivery disputes and termination rights, including negotiation of a “roll over” addendum (2016).  

Japan

Japan

Advice to Japanese shipyard on key risks involved in construction of a jack-up wind farm installation vessel (2019).

South Korea

South Korea

Advising a construction contractor (one of South Korea’s largest construction and civil engineering companies) in its dispute arising under a EPC contract against the prime contractor in relation to the construction of a nuclear power plant in the UAE. This instruction may potentially be amongst the biggest (if not the biggest) construction dispute worldwide at the moment, with the clients' total quantum of the Claims Approx. US$500,000,000.

Advising DSME on consortium agreement re: Wellhead Pressure Management Project in relation to a contract for the fabrication of modules designed to expand oil production facilities and increase production capacity at the Future Growth Project site in Kazakhstan.

Advising industrial plant constructor on US$34 million Thai contract regarding a contractual dispute relating to a power plant being constructed in Thailand. 
 

UAE

UAE

Advising a construction contractor (one of South Korea’s largest construction and civil engineering companies) in its dispute arising under a EPC contract against the prime contractor in relation to the construction of a nuclear power plant in the UAE. This instruction may potentially be amongst the biggest (if not the biggest) construction dispute worldwide at the moment, with the clients' total quantum of the Claims Approx. US$500,000,000.

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Advising a construction contractor (one of South Korea’s largest construction and civil engineering companies) in its dispute arising under a EPC contract against the prime contractor in relation to the construction of a nuclear power plant in the UAE. This instruction may potentially be amongst the biggest (if not the biggest) construction dispute worldwide at the moment, with the clients' total quantum of the Claims Approx. US$500,000,000.

Advising DSME on consortium agreement re: Wellhead Pressure Management Project in relation to a contract for the fabrication of modules designed to expand oil production facilities and increase production capacity at the Future Growth Project site in Kazakhstan.

Advising industrial plant constructor on US$34 million Thai contract regarding a contractual dispute relating to a power plant being constructed in Thailand.

Major LCIA arbitration proceedings relating to substantial refit and refurbishment contract for an FPSO vessel (including issues such as termination rights, critical path delay, prolongation claims, the variations regime and scope of work). 

Thailand

Thailand

Advising industrial plant constructor on US$34 million Thai contract regarding a contractual dispute relating to a power plant being constructed in Thailand.

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan

Advising DSME on consortium agreement re: Wellhead Pressure Management Project in relation to a contract for the fabrication of modules designed to expand oil production facilities and increase production capacity at the Future Growth Project site in Kazakhstan.
 

Angola

Angola

Advising on the EPIC contract for a compliant tower.

Gulf of Mexico

Gulf of Mexico

Advising on the EPIC contract for a floating production platform/ spar in the Gulf of Mexico.

USA

USA

Advising on the EPIC contract for a floating production platform/ spar in the Gulf of Mexico.

Mozambique

Mozambique

Advising a lead contractor on the EPIC contract for a FLNG Vessel offshore Mozambique.

Scotland

Scotland

Advised an international contractor in relation to dealing with a major UK based subcontractor's insolvency.

Advised a contractor in relation to fabrication problems.

North Sea

North Sea

Advised an EPCI contractor in relation to disputes with its employer in relation to requests for additional time and costs.

Represented an EPCI contractor in relation to disputes with subcontractors in relation to requests for additional time and costs, delays and quality of production.

  • Angola

    Advising on the EPIC contract for a compliant tower.

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  • Brazil

    Advising successful contractor in High Court litigation concerning technical obstacles encountered during conversion of VLCCS for use in floating production operations offshore Brazil.

    Acting for FPSO Contractor in claims with shipyard worth $100 million+ on a redeployment and upgrade project significantly delayed over budget, including regular attendance at the yard, LCIA arbitration facing the yard and advice on delivery of the FPSO into its charter.

    Advising a leading SURF contractor on a high value dispute under an EPIC contract due to the late delivery and therefore hook-up of an FPSO. 

    Major LCIA arbitration proceedings relating to substantial refit and refurbishment contract for an FPSO vessel (including issues such as termination rights, critical path delay, prolongation claims, the variations regime and scope of work).

    Negotiating detailed EPIC contract terms (including advising on issues such as step-in rights, termination provisions, warranty provisions, limitations on liability and knock-for-knock clauses, design responsibility, transfer of title, subcontracting and ECAs).

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  • Gulf of Mexico

    Advising on the EPIC contract for a floating production platform/ spar in the Gulf of Mexico.

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  • Japan

    Advice to Japanese shipyard on key risks involved in construction of a jack-up wind farm installation vessel (2019).

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  • Kazakhstan

    Advising DSME on consortium agreement re: Wellhead Pressure Management Project in relation to a contract for the fabrication of modules designed to expand oil production facilities and increase production capacity at the Future Growth Project site in Kazakhstan.
     

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  • Korea

    Representing a shipyard in respect of warranty claims in relation to a series of semi-submersible drilling vessels of CVA 7500 designs, the ultimate result was that many of the warranty claims were withdrawn and the builder enforced its contractual limitations of liability.

    Arbitration in London concerning schedule delay and disruption costs on an offshore construction project for an oil production platform.  The shipyard received an additional payment of US$50 million.

    Acting for shipyard in $300 million+ arbitration in respect of major cost overruns and delay following defective design for a series of four bespoke semi-submersible drilling rigs, including working closely with technical experts on design issues (2014-2016).  

    Secondment to major Korean shipyard offshore department in 2015 (5 weeks).

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  • Mozambique

    Advising a lead contractor on the EPIC contract for a FLNG Vessel offshore Mozambique.

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  • Netherlands

    Acting for FPSO Contractor in claims with shipyard worth $100 million+ on a redeployment and upgrade project significantly delayed over budget, including regular attendance at the yard, LCIA arbitration facing the yard and advice on delivery of the FPSO into its charter.  

    Advising an FPSO owner on a high value dispute under an EPIC contract arising out of variations and delays on a FPSO conversion.

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  • Nigeria

    Resolving a dispute over the modification of an existing FPSO and the delayed commencement of operations offshore Nigeria due to defective production equipment.

    Close
  • North Sea

    Advised an EPCI contractor in relation to disputes with its employer in relation to requests for additional time and costs.

    Represented an EPCI contractor in relation to disputes with subcontractors in relation to requests for additional time and costs, delays and quality of production.

    Close
  • Norway

    Representing a leading offshore contractor in a claim in London arbitration for an indemnity for costs incurred in relation to the construction of an FPSO resulting from changes in specification during construction.  The indemnity claim was for approximately US$150 million. 

    Acting for shipyard in $300 million+ arbitration in respect of major cost overruns and delay following defective design for a series of four bespoke semi-submersible drilling rigs, including working closely with technical experts on design issues (2014-2016).

    Major LCIA arbitration proceedings relating to substantial refit and refurbishment contract for an FPSO vessel (including issues such as termination rights, critical path delay, prolongation claims, the variations regime and scope of work). 

    Close
  • Scotland

    Advised an international contractor in relation to dealing with a major UK based subcontractor's insolvency.

    Advised a contractor in relation to fabrication problems.

    Close
  • Singapore

    Advising the Buyer of two newbuild semi-submersible accommodation rigs on delivery disputes and termination rights, including negotiation of a “roll over” addendum (2016).  

    Close
  • South Korea

    Advising a construction contractor (one of South Korea’s largest construction and civil engineering companies) in its dispute arising under a EPC contract against the prime contractor in relation to the construction of a nuclear power plant in the UAE. This instruction may potentially be amongst the biggest (if not the biggest) construction dispute worldwide at the moment, with the clients' total quantum of the Claims Approx. US$500,000,000.

    Advising DSME on consortium agreement re: Wellhead Pressure Management Project in relation to a contract for the fabrication of modules designed to expand oil production facilities and increase production capacity at the Future Growth Project site in Kazakhstan.

    Advising industrial plant constructor on US$34 million Thai contract regarding a contractual dispute relating to a power plant being constructed in Thailand. 
     

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  • Thailand

    Advising industrial plant constructor on US$34 million Thai contract regarding a contractual dispute relating to a power plant being constructed in Thailand.

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  • UAE

    Advising a construction contractor (one of South Korea’s largest construction and civil engineering companies) in its dispute arising under a EPC contract against the prime contractor in relation to the construction of a nuclear power plant in the UAE. This instruction may potentially be amongst the biggest (if not the biggest) construction dispute worldwide at the moment, with the clients' total quantum of the Claims Approx. US$500,000,000.

    Close
  • United Kingdom

    Advising a construction contractor (one of South Korea’s largest construction and civil engineering companies) in its dispute arising under a EPC contract against the prime contractor in relation to the construction of a nuclear power plant in the UAE. This instruction may potentially be amongst the biggest (if not the biggest) construction dispute worldwide at the moment, with the clients' total quantum of the Claims Approx. US$500,000,000.

    Advising DSME on consortium agreement re: Wellhead Pressure Management Project in relation to a contract for the fabrication of modules designed to expand oil production facilities and increase production capacity at the Future Growth Project site in Kazakhstan.

    Advising industrial plant constructor on US$34 million Thai contract regarding a contractual dispute relating to a power plant being constructed in Thailand.

    Major LCIA arbitration proceedings relating to substantial refit and refurbishment contract for an FPSO vessel (including issues such as termination rights, critical path delay, prolongation claims, the variations regime and scope of work). 

    Close
  • USA

    Advising on the EPIC contract for a floating production platform/ spar in the Gulf of Mexico.

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