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  • 1. Angus Bradley
    ME, BE (Mech), BCom (Acc & Econ), Post Grad Dip Bus
    ANZIIF (Fellow), FCLA, MIPENZ, CPEng, IntPE(NZ)
    Chartered Loss Adjuster
    Chartered Professional Engineer
    UAE Registered and Licensed Loss Adjuster
    Member of the International Professional Engineers Register
    Mobile +971 50 103 0905
    PO Box 450141, Dubai, UAE

    16 Years Loss Adjusting Experience; 4 Years Middle East
    • Oil and Gas
    • 2. Geothermal Wells
    • 3. Downstream Oil and Gas production
    • 4. Pipelines
    • 5. Energy Generation and Transmission
    • 6. Industrial Gas Turbines
    • 7. Industrial Processing Plant
    • 8. Mining and Smelting
    • 9. Infrastructure Works
    • 10. Construction and Civil Works
  • Oil and Gas
    • Fixed platform and mobile drilling rigs
    • 11. Well ‘kick’ problems leading to cratering
    • 12. Production casing failure
    • 13. Oil-gas separators, oil tanks, gas compression stations, treating plants, pump stations and gasoline-sulphur recovery plant
    Dry drilling problems on an offshore rig damaged the drill bit, loss under deductible.
  • 14. Downstream Oil and Gas
    • Refining
    The accidental loss of steam caused heat damage to a hydrogen reformer, property loss $7,400,000. Business interruption losses were less than the time deductible.
  • 15. Downstream Oil and Gas
    • LPG production
    • 16. Mobil process – natural gas to methanol and then to gasoline (synfuel)
    Cause investigation: A weld failed fracturing a heat exchanger pipe and caused an explosion in a waste heat recovery unit at a LNG facility, EAR loss in excess of $100,000,000.
  • 17. Geothermal
    • Geothermal well risks
    • 18. Geothermal power generation
    Five sections of a production casing failed at a depth of 876m during quenching of a geothermal well, loss $15,000,000 and generation losses $4,000,000. It was suggested that the well was at the end of its economic life and the claim was eventually withdrawn.
  • 19. Downstream Petrochemical Plant
    • Steam cracking and catalytic reforming of refinery hydrocarbons for the production of olefins (ethylene and propylene) and aromatics (benzene and xylene isomers)
    • 20. Plastics, resins, fibres, solvents and detergent production
    • 21. Fertiliser manufacture
    Faulty design led to the failure of the concrete structural members supporting plant and equipment at a fertiliser plant; quantum was in excess of $350,000,000 and the claim was repudiated. Ewan Cresswell of Integra Technical Services was appointed by facultative reinsurers to mentor the handling of this claim.
  • 22. Pipelines
    • Gas and oil pipelines
    • 23. Potable and wastewater reticulation (and processing risks)
    A flood collapsed a bridge supporting a natural gas pipeline. Due to the lead time to reconstruct the bridge the pipeline was reinstated under the riverbed. The initial claim of circa $9,000,000 for the pipeline was negotiated at $4,600,000.
  • 24. Energy Generation and Transmission
    • Natural gas, light fuel oil, and biogas simple cycle and co-generation facilities
    • 25. Reservoir and run of river hydropower
    • 26. Steam turbines and associated desalination plant
    • 27. Diesel and coal fired power stations
    • 28. Alternative renewable energy – geothermal and wind generation
    • 29. Power transmission equipment
    The design of the HPC (high pressure compressor) stage 17 on an ABB GT26 gas turbine was defective, and as a consequence a stage 17 blade cracked during the gas turbine running-in procedure, EAR loss $2,900,000. (DSU claimed $16,000,000 but subsequently negotiated to nil).
  • 30. Industrial Gas Turbines
    • Industrial single and dual shaft gas turbines
    • 31. Aero turbines
    The vane ring, which is part of the diffuser assembly on the high pressure turbine stub shaft, suffered a high cycle fatigue failure causing an explosion inside the hot section sump area of a GE LM6000 gas turbine, machinery breakdown loss $9,000,000 and business interruption losses mitigated to nil.
  • 32. Industrial Processing Plant
    • Chemical process manufacturing
    • 33. Automated manufacturing
    • 34. Food processing (in particular the dairy industry)
    • 35. Water and wastewater treatment plants
    • 36. Pulp and paper
    • 37. Pollution and contamination incidents
    A lump of milk powder oxidised causing an explosion in a vibrofluidiser that set fire to a milk powder dryer. Property damage and business interruption losses $20,000,000. My role in this loss was relatively minor, but it was my first loss adjusting assignment (1993) and I’m very grateful to the team of adjusters that were kind enough to share their knowledge and experience.
  • 38. Mining and Smelting
    • Open cast and continuous coal mining
    • 39. Aluminium and iron (steel) smelting
    A flashover inside a rectifier transformer shut down the number five pot line at an aluminium smelter, property loss $500,000. Business interruption losses were uninsured.
    A screening machine caught fire inside a coal mine, plant loss $350,000. Prompt emergency fire fighting prevented a much more serious fire from occurring.
  • 40. Infrastructure Works
    • Water treatment
    • 41. Wastewater treatment
    A contractor left construction debris inside pipework, which during the maintenance period damaged the membrane filters used in the second stage of a water treatment plant, CAR loss $3,500,000.
    Nocardia rod bacteria caused extreme foaming of the activated sludge (human effluent) inside the digesters of a wastewater treatment plant resulting in a series of ongoing losses to plant and equipment totaling $1,850,000.
  • 42. Construction and Civil Works
    • Resorts and hotels
    • 43. Multistory tower blocks and high rise construction
    • 44. Civil infrastructure works including culverts, rock revetments and coffer dams
    • 45. Roads, bridges and under passes
    • 46. Airports
    • 47. Tunnels
    CAR fire loss in a hotel $30,000,000