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Kenzie plays decisive role in offshore platform tribunal

Kenzie Group has played an integral role in the owning company of an offshore platform successfully defending itself against claims from an engineering, procurement and construction contractor in a tribunal that lasted 50 days.

After negotiations between the owning company and the EPC contractors failed, the case was heard by three arbitrators in Oslo, who ultimately awarded the contractor just 10 per cent of the value of the claims that were made.

The defence was supported by the dispute resolution services of Kenzie Group, whose team provided written evaluations extending to hundreds of pages to the tribunal.

Kenzie’s documentary evidence provided arbitrators with a clear explanation of the methodology used in order to value the claims and assess variations from the contract of work.

The evidence also included calculations, measurements, drawings, industry norms and rate calculations to support the evaluation, which found the variations to be substantially lower than the amounts claimed.

Kenzie also worked with a leading Oslo law firm to provide litigation support services and assist them in dealing with issues that arose during the hearing.

In the final award, the arbitrators commented favourably upon Kenzie’s witness testimony.

Joseph Bond, managing director of Kenzie Group, said: “We were instructed to value some of the EPC contractor’s claims and variations on behalf of our client, and to prepare the client’s counter claims.

“We provided a comprehensive, substantiated and logical report that formed a key part of our client’s defence, and we were pleased that the arbitrators agreed with our assessment.”

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