Nicholas Cane
Nicholas Cane
Senior Manager
Construction Consulting
Hong Kong

Mr. Cane is an engineering and construction consultant and a specialist in coastal and marine works. Most recently, Mr. Cane has provided technical support and management to several large construction international arbitrations, including Liquified Natural Gas plants, Mining plants and Nuclear Power Plants.

With his recent industry experience of Project Management Consulting (PMC), Front End Engineering Design (FEED) and Engineering, Procurement & Construction (EPC), Mr. Cane can provide in-depth expertise for many aspects of large infrastructure mega projects to clients in the oil, gas and chemicals industries and also government and local authority clients.

Mr.Cane has Chartered Scientist and Chartered Water and Environmental Manager status in the United Kingdom. He also has a professional background in coastal and marine structure design, hydrodynamics, sediment transport, and coastal flood and inundation mapping. In recent years he has led marine infrastructure mega projects throughout the project cycle, such as concepts, engineering design and construction. The projects have mostly been executed for oil, gas and chemicals export facilities, waterfront developments and maritime ports. Other marine structures include intake and outfall pipelines and material offloading facilities for construction sites. He is also an industry leader in construction risk management in the marine environment and can provide expert guidance for data collection and mathematical and physical modelling of marine and coastal environments to support environmental studies and impact assessments.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • B.Sc., Coastal Conservation and Management, Southampton Solent University, 2006
  • COZIP – Academic Programme in European Integrated Coastal Zone Management, European Union Erasmus (Socrates II), 2005

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Chartered Scientist, UK Science Council, 2011

Chartered Water and Environmental Manager, UK CIWEM, 2011

LANGUAGES

  • French

Publications

An approach to risk management for marine and coastal projects, Institute of Civil Engineers & Chartered Institution for Water and Environmental Management 2016 - Author and presenter of a white paper on risk management for marine and coastal projects and issues related to exposure and activities in and around a very complex, dynamic and difficult environment. Paper investigated ways in which we can use information from previous projects and experiences and apply them to critical points throughout all stages of new projects.

Effects of the North Atlantic Oscillation and climate change on beach management construction activities at Pevensey Bay, UK. Mouchel Group Plc. 2013. Author and presenter of a research paper in the impacts of climate change and the North Atlantic Oscillations on the beach management activities by a Public Private Partnership project at Pevensey Bay.

Prior Experience

Coastal Engineer, Mouchel, 2006-2007

Senior Coastal Engineer, Mouchel, 2007-2012

Senior Ports and Marine Specialist, Bechtel, 2012-2015

Head of Ports and Marine Infrastructure Engineering, Bechtel, 2015-2016

Project Experience

2018 - LNG Plant Product Loading Facility Dispute
Supporting expert for marine works dispute between contractor and subcontractor. I am providing expert input to various heads of claim including an extension of time claim for a 1.2km length of export jetty (details are confidential as case is ongoing).

2017 to 2018 - Australian Iron Ore Mining Plant Construction Dispute
International Arbitration supporting expert for an iron ore mining project in Australia. Claim in the region of AU$2.0 billion. Providing input to technical claims, delay claims and quantum.

2017 to 2018 - Australian LNG Processing Plant Construction Dispute
Supporting expert on an International Arbitration for a LNG project in Australia. Claim in the region of AU$2.0 billion. Providing input to technical claims, delay claims and quantum.

2017 to 2018, Australian LNG Processing Plant Construction Dispute
Led the review of a delay experts report in support of a claim by a contractor against the project owner for a LNG plant in Australia. Reviewed the approach taken by expert for a Time Impact Analysis for outside counsel and presented results to law firm representing the project owner.

2016 – Tahir Petrochemical Plant, Ain Sokhna, Egypt
Led the marine engineering for a petrochemical plant in Ain Sokhna, Egypt which includes a 400m jetty for liquid bulk, 6.5 million m3; of dredging, and offshore cooling water intake and outfall pipelines, each approximately 2km. I am providing pre-financial closure support to the owner in order to present front end engineering design to the lenders engineer to secure funding. The role will then lead to the full Project Management Consultant (PMC) role overseeing the final design and construction.

2016 – Pacific North West Liquid Natural Gas plant, British Columbia, Canada
Lead coastal engineer for a FEED of a suspension bridge, trestle and associated berthing structures of a Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) plant in British Columbia (Pacific North West LNG). This role requires direct input to the design and the management of a number of specialist internal and external consultants, including numerical modelling part of a complex coastal delta system. I am advising the design of the environmental baseline data collection and monitoring regime.

2015 – York Potash Mining Project, United Kingdom
Lead marine specialist for the York Potash Limited mining project which required a bankable 'Definitive Feasibility Study' for a marine export facility for mining activities. Other projects in 2014 included a leading role in London for a feasibility study for Owendo container port expansion in Gabon, West Africa which requires direct communication and coordination with government ministers. 

2012 to 2014, Gabon Infrastructure Project, Gabon, West Africa

Lead engineer for marine works for Gabonese government infrastructure projects, including the design and construction of a high profile waterfront and port development project. This particular project required me to oversee the conceptual and detailed design for the marine structures and reclamation design. 

Initiated a Gabonese 'National Coastal Management Framework' which required me to set up a steering committee consisting of government ministers and agencies, academic institutions and Non-Government Organisations. I based the approach to coastal management on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change guidance, and more specifically on the United Kingdom's Shoreline Management Plan methods.

2006 to 2012, Various Coastal Engineering works, United Kingdom

  • Managed three coastal strategies for Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, Scarborough Borough Council and Southampton City Council. All three strategies required Strategy Appraisal Reports (StAR) for funding applications to the EA.
  • Lead author and presenter for the production and publication of the Fife Shoreline Management Plan review, (SMP2) which considers policies for the sustainable development of 179km of Fife's Coastline in eastern Scotland for the next 100 years. 
  • Managed the Dawlish Storm Warning project for Network Rail which required calculating overtopping rates to set thresholds for the automated email and text system to warn network rail staff.
  • Coordinated and input technical information to contract documents for sea defence and road improvements in the Caribbean island of Dominica.
  • Member of the client advisor team to Fife Council for the Kirkcaldy Sea Wall construction project which involved studies and assessments into the future implications of climate change and sea level rise.
  • Provided managerial and technical support to the Pevensey Coastal Defence Limited 25-year Private Finance Initiative contract, including authoring a research paper on the effects of the North Atlantic Oscillation and climate change on beach management activities at Pevensey Bay.
  • Authored a research paper for the carbon emissions produced by the beach management, dredging and shingle transport activities at Pevensey Bay.
  • Detailed design input for two rock roundhead groynes and prepared the subsequent tender documents for Bournemouth Borough Council.
  • Provided technical input to a Project Appraisal Report using FCERM-AG for Lewes District Council to obtain grant funding for the maintenance of the sea wall, promenade and groynes between Saltdean and Peacehaven on the south coast of England.
  • Managed and designed a series of offshore waste water outfall structures for Southern Water Services across southern England.
  • Developed an efficient use of specialist software such as Mapinfo, ArcMap, Futurecoast and an occasional use of Vertical Mapper. 
  • Provided technical support to provide an automated spreadsheet to carry out the DMRB assessment for bridges for a number of sites across Scotland, and more recently Cumbria & Lancashire.
  • Project managed with design input to a large flood alleviation storage structure for a primary school in Surrey.
  • Assisted in producing concept designs for flood alleviation and undertook subsequent project appraisal using FCERM-AG for the London Borough of Southwark.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • B.Sc., Coastal Conservation and Management, Southampton Solent University, 2006
  • COZIP – Academic Programme in European Integrated Coastal Zone Management, European Union Erasmus (Socrates II), 2005

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Chartered Scientist, UK Science Council, 2011

Chartered Water and Environmental Manager, UK CIWEM, 2011

LANGUAGES

  • French