Delaware City Refinery

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Delaware City Refinery

Client Motiva Enterprises
Location Delaware City, DE
Scope Of Work Project Controls, Productivity Analysis, Schedule Delay Analysis, Damage Assessment, Litigation Support, Expert Testimony
Schedule 2000

Project Detail


The Motiva Enterprises Delaware City Refinery Repowering Project was the addition of an integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) plant capable of producing 1,800-tons-per-day of petroleum-coke and a 180-megawatt cogeneration power plant to increase the existing refinery’s efficiency and total capacity. The new plant produces power and steam by utilizing all of the fluid petroleum-coke produced at the adjacent refinery. Spire’s consultant provided project controls services to ensure the project was completed successfully during the construction of the new IGCC plant. The consultant’s responsibilities included analyzing the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor’s Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), developing a detailed as-built schedule delay, and performing a productivity analysis to identify the key issues delaying the critical path to interim milestones, such as start of the structural steel, piping installation delays, and system startup and testing delays. In addition, the consultant interviewed key personnel and reviewed schedule updates, monthly progress reports, cost code data, structural steel sequencing, gasifier component deliveries, and other contemporaneous documentation to help further explain the schedule delays. As a result of the analysis, Spire’s consultant assessed the damages to be approximately $35 million, and testified during arbitration.