MAJOR STUDIES

 

PATRICK C. FLOWER, Ph.D. MAJOR STUDIES COMPLETED December, 2012

Valuation Based on Replacement Cost – Lonestar Industries Inc. – Cement Mill and Distribution Terminal, New Orleans, LA – 2010

Lead consultant for study to evaluate the impact of a major logistical change on operating cement mill and distribution terminal. Tasks included evaluation of functional factors affecting the facility, develop an opinion on the replacement cost for the facility’s fixed assets, evaluate the condition of the fixed assets, and provide opinions on the values with and without the changes based on the depreciated replacement costs. Study Fee approximately $300,000.

Conceptual Design Study – Kinder Morgan Terminals – New Bauxite Unloading System and Alumina Ship Loading System – U.S. Gulf Coast – Fall, 2008
Conceptual Design Study – Kinder Morgan Terminals –Design Audit for Technip Italy Regarding a Petroleum Coke Handling System – August, 2007 – Feb., 2008

Lead Consultant for a Kinder Morgan team that provided advice to Technip regarding a project located in Saudi Arabia to store, handle, and load to ships Pet Coke. Aspects considered included the coke pit operation, a conveying network approximately 20 km long, one storage building near the refinery and two storage buildings at the port, and a ship loading dock. A conceptual design was provided of an alternate design for the conveyor system. The total construction value for this project exceeds $300,000,000.

Conceptual Design Study – Kinder Morgan Terminals – Formed Sulfur Terminal Spring, 2007 – Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada

Develop conceptual design and opinions of probable cost for a new terminal to receive molten sulfur by pipeline, process to formed sulfur, store, and ship by rail – maximum tonnage 4MM per year.

Conceptual Design Study – Relocation of New Orleans Cold Storage Export Terminal, March, 2006 – Port of New Orleans, LA

Develop alternate conceptual designs and opinions of probable cost for developing a new refrigerated warehouse, ship loading dock, and truck marshaling yard on the Mississippi River. The Port considered two sites and alternative designs were developed for each.

Simulation Study – Coke and Sulfur Material Handling & Export Terminal SINCOR, September, 2005

Logistical study using a simulation model similar to the Summer 2000 study completed as part of the original design of the terminal. This study was commissioned by SINCOR to investigate the implications of two new operating factors: 1) plans to significantly expand production levels; and 2) the increasing percentage of sulfur exported in solid form. The original model was modified to address the complications handling and loading higher tonnages of coke and sulfur, cleaning dual use shipping conveyors before and after sulfur ships, and accommodating a schedule of solid and liquid sulfur ships in addition to the coke ships. The model introduced dynamic scenario analysis, including factors such as mechanical reliability as stochastic ship arrivals, and results were formatted to highlight potential production constraints. The results of the study incorporated financial analysis of various design alternatives based on amortized capital cost, operating costs, and ship costs. RC used these results as the basis for recommendation for various improvements to the terminal and operational issues.

Conceptual Design Study – Shipyard River Terminal Import Coal Project, 2005 Kinder Morgan Terminals

Develop conceptual design and opinion of probable cost for modifications and expansion of SRT to facilitate the unloading from ship, storage, and loading to rail approximately 9,000,000 tons per year of imported coal.

Conceptual Design Study – Pier IX Terminal Import Coal Project, 2005 Kinder Morgan Terminals

Develop conceptual design and opinion of probable cost for an extension to the existing Pier IX dock, and the construction of a new dock designed to facilitate the unloading from cape size ship, storage, and loading to ocean going barges approximately 4,000,000 tons per year of imported coal.

Barge Transportation Study, 2004 BHP Billiton, Suriname

A study examining the feasibility of expanding the production capacity of a barge transportation system handling bauxite between an existing mining area and an alumina refinery. The analysis considered the logistics of the barge fleet and the loading/unloading terminals, with recommendations for changes needed to facilitate the increased throughput.

Site Selection & Feasibility Study, Ascension Parish, Louisiana, 2003
Container Port Facility, Louisiana Transportation Center (LA Airport Authority)

As part of the Master Plan Study for an international cargo airport, RCI provided a feasibility studyof a port on the Mississippi River to be developed as part of the LTC. The study included site selection, conceptual design, and economic analysis of a container inter modal terminal (Barge/Rail and Truck) designed to handle a shuttle system of barge tows transporting containers from a proposed container terminal to be constructed near the mouth of the Mississippi River.

Study of Logistics and Design Concepts, 2003
Cement Terminal, Alamo Cement Company, Galena Park, Texas

Comprehensive study of different transportation alternatives and terminal design concepts for receiving imported cement into a Galena Park facility. Transportation alternatives included barge transportation from an existing ship unloading terminal in New Orleans, barge transportation from a mid-stream berth near Baton Rouge, and direct delivery by ship to Galena Park.

Redevelopment Plan for Port of Rio Haina, 2002
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Joint Venture with CSX World Terminals; Redevelopment plan for bulk, break-bulk, and container port facilities; conceptual design and opinions of probable cost for capital investment and operations.

Study of Logistics & Design Concepts, 2002
Virginia Power/Chesapeake Energy – Chesapeake, VA

A studyof transportation alternatives and the associated terminal assets needed to receive coal by marine transportation to a power generation plant. Using RCI conceptual designs for terminal infrastructure, the analysis considered alternate sources for coal, the cost of marine transportation, and terminal costs, with an economical analysis of the amortized capital costs, transportation costs, and operating costs.

Transportation Feasibility Study, Suriname
BHP Billiton – March 2002

A comprehensive study involving the logistical analysis, conceptual designs, opinions of probable cost, and economic analysis of transportation alternatives for importing bauxite into Suriname. The studies considered ocean freight, a shuttle barge system for transshipment options, dredging options, and an import terminal.

Feasibility Studies, Coal Import Terminals
Kinder Morgan Bulk Terminals, Inc. – 2000-2002

Logistics, conceptual designs, opinions of probable costs, and economic analysis of the additions to and redevelopment of existing terminals to handle imported coal delivered in Cape and Panamax ships. Analysis considered four terminals and a barge transportation system.

Transportation Feasibility Study, Suriname
BHP Billiton – January 2001

A comprehensive study involving the logistical analysis, conceptual designs, opinions of probable cost, and economic analysis of a 16,000 metric ton/day transportation system comprised of three terminals, a dedicated railroad system, and a dedicated barge system capable of river and open water navigation.

Simulation Study – Coke Export Terminal
SINCOR, Jose, Venezuela, Summer 2000

Logistical study using simulation modeling software to establish required conveying capacities, storage capacities, and ship loading operations for the proposed export terminal to be constructed as part of the SINCOR Petroleum Upgrader Facility. The model introduced dynamic scenario analysis, including factors such as mechanical reliability as stochastic ship arrivals, and results were formatted to highlight potential production constraints. The results of the study incorporated financial analysis of various design alternatives based on amortized capital cost, operating costs, and ship costs.

Conceptual Design & Feasibility Study, Shipyard River Terminal – Import Cement Facility, Kinder Morgan Terminals – Summer 2000

Conceptual design and opinions on probable costs for redevelopment of the existing facility into a 1.5 million TPY import cement terminal, including vertical-screw type ship unloading, receiving conveyors, two 60,000 ton storage domes with Cambelt reclaim systems, and truck and rail loading systems.

Logistical and Operational Evaluation – River Transportation System
Paraguay/Paranar River System
Emerging Markets Partnership (GE Capital) – January 2000

Analysis of proposed business plan for new barge transportation system as part of financing due diligence.

Bulk Coffee Terminal, Jacksonville, Florida
Dupuy Storage & Forwarding Corporation/Maxwell House Coffee – 1998

Logistical analysis, conceptual design, capital budgets, operating budgets, cash flow analysis, site analysis and report regarding a bulk coffee facility capable of receiving trucks with bagged or containerized-bulk coffee, storing and blending bulk coffee, and loading dedicated bulk trucks.

Logistical Study, River Transportation System, Yangon, Myanmar
Ivanhoe Myanmar Holdings, Ltd. – 1997

Logistical analysis of transportation system, performance specifications for barges and tow boats, organization plan, terminal designs, opinions of probable cost for capital investments and operating expenses, and economic analysis of alternatives.

Cement Terminal Expansion – Georgetown, South Carolina
Holnam Inc. – 1997

A conceptual study and opinion of probable cost for a cement terminal expansion and the proposed addition of a 50,000-ton storage dome and rail/truck loading station.

Cement Terminal Expansion – Holly Hill, South Carolina
Holnam Inc. – 1997

A conceptual study and opinion of probable cost for the expansion of an existing cement terminal and the addition of a 50,000-ton storage dome and a new dual-lane truck loading station.

Conceptual Design, Opinion of Probable Cost, and Final Design – Import Cement Facility – Globalplex, Reserve, LA – Holnam Inc. – 1996/97

Initial conceptual design study with opinions on probable cost and schedule; Project manager for Final Design of project, including vertical-screw type ship unloader, inbound conveying and distribution system, two 50,000 ton storage domes with Cambelt reclaim systems, tunnel reclaim and outbound conveyors, and barge dock with cement loading system.

HBI Production Facility, St. James Parish, Louisiana
KMI – 1996

A dock utilization study to establish major equipment requirements for the development of an HBI (hot briquette iron) production facility.

Tondu Winchester Terminal, Phases 1 and 2, St. James Parish, LA
Tondu Corporation – 1996

This asset utilization study estimated the utilization of the major components of the marine facilities and storage yard planned for the Tondu Winchester DRI Facility(Phase 1) and HBI Facility(Phase 2). Individual utilization analyses were provided for three distinct areas: (1) the ore dock, (2) the storage yard, and (3) the barge loading system.

Import/Export Grain Terminal, Port of Suape, Brazil
Suape Complexo Industrial Portuario and the Port of South Louisiana – 1997

A conceptual study for an integrated development of a Phase 1 Import Grain Terminal and a Phase 2 Export Grain Terminal at the Port of Suape. This study included a preliminary logistical analysis, a description of the two terminal design concepts (horizontal and vertical), and opinions of probable cost for both options.

Bulk Commodity Terminal, Pascagoula, Mississippi
Jackson County Port Authority – 1995

Logistical analysis, conceptual design, capital budgets, and a projection of terminal operations for a multi-commodity, intermodal transfer terminal at the Port of Pascagoula developed on the site of an obsolete grain elevator. The products to be handled include cement, alumina, fly ash, calcined coke, fertilizer, and pebble lime.

Rail Transportation System, Baja, California, Mexico
Exportadora de Sal, S.A de C.V. – 1994

Logistical analysis, conceptual design, capital budgets, operating budgets, and financial analysis for a 150 km dedicated rail system with a bulk storage/rail loading terminal, and a terminal featuring rail unloading, open storage, and a ship loading berth.

Modernization of Export Elevator, Bahia Blanca, Argentina
Molinos de Rio de la Plata – 1994

Conceptual design, capital budgets, operating budgets, and report on modernization plan which includes simplified flow paths, enhanced blending, on-line cleaning, remote shipping scale, shipping bins, and incline belt conveyors to the cleaners, scale, shipping bins, and docks.

Modernization of Export Grain Elevator, Terre Haute, Louisiana
Cargill Grain Division – 1993

Conceptual design, capital budgets, operating expenses, explanation of benefits, and report on plan to convert existing storage to shipping bins and add on-line cleaning.

Site Selection Study, Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela
Louisiana-Pacific Corporation – 1993

The study involved the evaluation of the capital costs, transportation costs, and operating costs associated with different locations for a ship dock to service a proposed chipping mill and particle board manufacturing facility. The analysis required separate conceptual designs, logistical analysis, capital budgets, and operating budgets for each facility; a recommendation was based on a comparison in the net present value of the differences in the capital costs and transportation/operation costs.

Facility Utilization Study, Bulk Terminal – Berth 4, Longview, Washington
Port of Longview Board of Commissioners – 1992

Marketing study, conceptual design for modernizing grain terminal and ship dock, logistical analysis and conceptual design for improving rail track system, capital budgets, operating budgets, financial analysis of prospective lease terms, and report.

Bulk Coffee Terminal, New Orleans, Louisiana
Dupuy Storage & Forwarding Corporation – 1991

This studyof a phased development of a bulk coffee facility involved logistical analysis, conceptual design, capital budgets, operating budgets, cash flow analysis, recommendation for pricing strategies, and a report. The facility was designed to be capable of receiving trucks with bagged or containerized-bulk coffee, storing and blending bulk coffee, and loading dedicated bulk trucks or rail cars.

Riverplex Bulk Terminal, Reserve, Louisiana
South Louisiana Port Commission – 1991

The project involved converting a retired sugar refinery into a bulk commodity terminal capable of handling wood chips, various ores, coke, white powders, and other cargoes. The study entailed conceptual designs of dock modification, ship loading systems, unloading systems, conveyors for distribution and reclaim, and storage areas. The study also provided capital budgets, operating budgets, revenue estimates, and measures of economic feasibility.

Grain Transfer Facility, Point Gourde, Trinidad, West Indies
Continental Grain Company – 1991

The study to convert an existing facility into an import grain terminal involved a conceptual design, capital and operating budgets, and estimate of benefits based on transportation and operation savings, and a discounted cash flow analysis of investment worth.

Dock Utilization Study, Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela
CVG InterAlumina – 1991

A logistical analysis of anticipated barge traffic during a planned facility expansion and evaluation of its impact on the existing dock facility’s operations pertaining to both barges and ships. The study identified problems, recommended improvements, and estimated the capital costs of those improvements.