POWERPLANT Consultants, Inc. offers a variety of Expert services for the Industrial Power Generation Customer. Please explore our website for more information; if you should have additional questions, please contact us.

Professional/Engineering Consulting Services

Expert Witness Work

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  • Expert to Klickitat Public Utility District (KPUD) against Dresser Industries, Waukesha Engine Division for landfill gas fueled power generation project in south, central Washington. Case involves range of technical and contractual issues for warranties, useful life, emissions conformance, maintenance life cycle, equipment availability & reliability for a 10.5MW landfill generation project. (2008 to present)
  • Expert witness for defendant, the U.S. Department of Justice, in Stanley K. Mann vs. United States of America in U.S. Court of Federal Claims No. 98-312C involving assessment of the economic potential of the direct use of geothermal energy for heating a proposed commercial greenhouse project in New Mexico. Work involves technical and economic feasibility analysis for a conceptual project. Report filed April 2005, deposed 4 May 2005; trial completed in November 2005.
  • Varnsdorf Pty. Ltd. versus Fletcher Construction Australia Ltd. Commercial arbitration proceedings re: Victorian Hospital Cogeneration Projects, Melbourne, Australia; 1998 to 2001. Work for owner, AXA/National Mutual of Australasia and attorney Freehills. Assignment involved 18 months temporary residency in Melbourne Australia at Client request. This was an extremely extensive engagement involving over 6,000 man-hours of professional services work as a consultant and expert.
  • Expert witness for the Plaintiff in Alvarado v. Becon Construction Company, Inc., Bechtel Corporation and Alstom Energy USA, Inc. in 152nd District Court of Harris County, TX in matter involving personal injuries in an industrial accident at a large power plant. Work involved forensic analysis of engineering and operational matters including OSHA Lockout/Tagout requirements. Deposition taken; case settled prior to trial.
  • Numerous mesothelioma and portable generator carbon monoxide poisoning cases where we provide characterization of the exposure scenarios and physics.
  • Resource Technology Corporation vs. Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority (Case 99-35434) United States District Court Northern District of Illinois – Eastern Division; Expert report and testimony concerning energy conversion aspects of a two unit, 1,730 kW, landfill gas project in Shelton, Connecticut, 2001 to 2002 for Defendant’s attorney Ross & Hardies. Final testimony completed November 2002. I provided sworn testimony in court for this case.
  • Expert witness for Defendant in Sithe Daesan Cogeneration Company v. Hyundai Petrochemical; International Chamber of Commerce (ICC-Singapore) Arbitration Case No. 12672/TE/MW; party appointed testifying expert by Hyundai Petrochemical and counsel Allen & Overy (London/Hong Kong) and Shin & Kim (Seoul) for technical construction & performance, engineering economics and energy sales agreement issues with “Third Party” owned and operated multi-unit cogeneration plant at the largest petrochemical complex in South Korea. Work included detailed quantum analysis of claims and rate structure in case involving over $100 Million in claims. (2003-2004 Settled before depositions or trial)
  • Expert witness for engineering and project economics for Plaintiff’s attorney Gauthier, Downing, LaBarre, Dean & Sulzer (later Stephen M. Huber, Gauthier, Houghtaling & Williams) (Metairie/New Orleans, LA) for ESI, Inc. (DELASA) v. Coastal Power Company, Tenneco, et. al. (CDC Docket No. 95-13172 “F”) and related case Walk Haydel & Assoc. v. Coastal Power Production Company et. al. (Delassa) etc. (U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit Docket 06-30886) involving an Independent Power Producer project in El Salvador. Merchant Power Plant economics, plant life-expectancy, rate analysis and other issues associated with large 2-cycle diesel engines fueled by Bunker-C (Heavy Oil). (2004-2005, settled before depositions or trial)

Click here to download the Curriculum Vitae of our Professional Engineer, Christopher K. Lane.

Click here to download the Curriculum Vitae of our Professional Engineer, Robert L. Poitras.