Ellen Zhang and Anthony Arrow
With over 50 specialist energy, infrastructure and project finance lawyers working from our offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore, we can combine expertise on the ground with input from specialist local lawyers.
We work with clients on major oil and gas, power station, utilities and pipeline projects, covering all aspects of procurement, construction, operation, risk management, compliance, project financing, tenders and contractual frameworks, employment law, corporate issues, IT, intellectual property, health and safety and dispute resolution.
Oil & Gas
Our Oil & Gas team works in the full spectrum of conventional and unconventional oil and gas activities, from exploration and development through midstream processing and transportation to downstream refining and sales. We work with clients in all of the major oil producing countries and have significant experience of working in those countries over many years. Our lawyers also have an in-depth understanding of the full LNG supply chain: from advising on upstream feedstock supply to LNG processing facilities, long term LNG SPAs and spot LNG sales, LNG charterparties, LNG regasification terminal development, financing, construction and operation to onward supply of gas to end-users, including power stations.
Conventional means of power generation is the most common form and greatest source of electricity generation within Asia Pacific, and it is set to remain so although conventional power plants of the future are likely to be subject to more stringent emissions control than ever before.
Our team has supported both government and private sector clients on major oil and gas, coal fired power plants and utilities and pipeline projects and our experience extends to countries such as China, India, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Australia.
Our Renewable Energy team has been actively involved in the renewable/alternative energy industry for many years. Our finance, energy, environment, property, planning and construction lawyers have extensive experience of advising developers, stakeholders and funders on onshore wind, offshore wind, wave, tidal, landfill gas, biomass, biofuel, hydro, waste-to-energy and carbon capture and storage projects.
Nuclear power presents the energy industry and governments with a unique political/economic and environmental conundrum: weighing what is a reliable, non-carbon emitting source of energy which has the potential to produce an unlimited amount of hydrogen, against the significant environmental issues associated with the storage of nuclear waste, the dwindling nuclear skills pool, the economics of nuclear energy and public opinion which is still influenced by accidents at Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and Fukushima, as well as concerns about the threat of terrorism.
Our specialist team includes leading advisers on new nuclear build and decommissioning for developers who provide advice and assistance on the negotiation and drafting of project documentation, project finance, establishment of special purpose vehicle companies and issues such as nuclear liability, health and safety and regulation.
- Prelude LNG: We advised Single Buoy Moorings Inc. (SBM), a contractor, which is providing the 10,000 tonne turret mooring system for Prelude, the world's first floating liquefied natural gas facility that is being built for Shell. This will be the largest and heaviest vessel ever to sail. A permanent mooring will be established in the Browse Basin in Western Australia. We advised SBM in connection with management of legal risk and claims for extensions to the works schedule. This is the first floating LNG facility ever built. The technology is highly challenging, the capex is $13 billion and the corresponding risk for SBM is considerable. This is a great example of a client asking us to apply our sector knowledge and market leading position on a “cutting-edge” project. Our ability to take the largest projects through to a successful commercial conclusion is tried and tested
- Pertamina Hulu Energi: One of our partners, Ashley Wright (while at another firm) advised PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited and Pertamina Hulu Energi on the acquisition of Hess's Indonesian oil and gas producing assets for US$1.3 billion. This was one of the largest upstream tenders in SE Asia, and was very competitive in the number of potential bidders. Responses and negotiations with the Seller had to be a balance of achieving the needs of the Buyers (a fairly new joint venture between two very large NOCs in Pertamina and PTTEP) and remaining competitive in a process, the details of which were known only by the Seller.
South China Sea claimants could split the spoils and keep the peace - Article by Ashley Wright in South China Post