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Energy & Natural Resources

Clyde & Co focuses on the sectors that build, move, power and protect the international economy, which makes the energy and natural resources sector a key priority.

Technical prowess and experience underpinned by global presence

Our energy and natural resources team is present across our global office network and consists of lawyers who provide best-practice advice in all areas of contentious and non-contentious disciplines, always with an awareness of commercial realities.

Clients are often involved in complex multi-jurisdictional and cross-border transactions and disputes. This demands deep industry knowledge and pragmatic, risk-conscious advice we can provide.

Crucially, we offer sharp insights on a complex and fast-changing market. Geopolitical and market factors continue to exert pressure on the energy and natural resources sector, while environmental concerns have boosted the renewables industry.

In such a context, clients face significant challenges as well as attractive opportunities, and we are adept at helping them respond decisively to the dynamic landscape in which they operate.

Our Energy & Natural Resources Work

  • Africa
  • Americas
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
  • UK & Europe
  • USD 1.5 billion enhanced oil recovery project

    Advising a North American company on its USD 1.5 billion enhanced oil recovery project in North Africa. This included re-negotiation of the terms of the concession agreement, joint venture arrangements and conversion of the concession into a production sharing agreement, project structuring...

    Algeria

    Aswan dam

    Advising on disputes in relation to the Aswan dam hydro power project in Egypt

    Egypt

    USD 20 billion Simandou South iron ore mining in Guinea

    Advising on the high profile, USD 20 billion Simandou South iron ore mining project. This project is one of the world’s largest untapped high quality iron ore deposits and the project includes the construction of a 700km railway and the development of a deep water port to the south of Conakry...

    Guinea

    Acquisition financing of a natural gas pipeline

    Advising CMG (a subsidiary of ENH) in relation to the limited recourse multi source financing of the acquisition of an interest in ROMPCO, the project financed SPV which owns the natural gas pipeline from the Temane and Pande gas fields in Mozambique to Secunda in South Africa

    Mozambique

    Solar plant development in Nigeria

    Advising Nova Power on the feasibility study for the development of several solar plants in Nigeria including an audit of the regulatory system for the building and operation of a solar PPP in Nigeria, meetings with the authorities and proposing solutions to the issues identified

    Nigeria

    Construction contracts for the Tonkolili iron ore project in Sierra Leone

    Advising a mining and exploration company on construction contracts, including labour and material issues, as part of the Tonkolili iron ore project. Their flagship asset is the AIM listed Tonkolili iron ore project in Sierra Leone. At Tonkolili African Minerals has a confirmed JORC magnetite...

    Sierra Leone

    Mineral Exploration Company on transfer of employee rights

    Advising employees of a minerals exploration company in Tanzania on the transfer of employee rights to a new entity coal exporter in various arbitrations valued at USD 500 million.

    Tanzania

    Mtwara electricity project, Tanzania

    Advising on the Mtwara electricity project for the sustainable development and finance of Mnazi Bay natural gas reserves and construction of a power station and electricity supply infrastructure in Southern Tanzania

    Tanzania
  • Petrobras divestment

    Advising on the sale of interests in Parque das Conchas Block BC-10 in the Campos Basin for USD 1.54 billion.

    Brazil

    Acquisition of 96 mining licenses

    Advising one of the world’s largest commodities traders on the acquisition of 96 mining licenses in Brazil

    Brazil

    Hydropower plant

    Providing pre-contentious advice in relation to a tunnelling contract for the Alto Maipo Hydropower Plant Project, Chile

    Chile

    EPC USD 2 billion oil refinery upgrade

     Advising on a bespoke EPC contract for the USD 2 billion upgrade of the Cartagena oil refinery

    Colombia

    MARPOL/APPS investigations

    Advising a drilling company under investigation since 2012 for alleged MARPOL/APPS and related record keeping violations, including successful voluntary disclosure, implementation of standard record keeping procedures and adoption of robust compliance and audit program for fleet of rigs...

    United States

    Wind farm financing

    Advising the lenders in financings of several wind farms in Riverside and Kern Counties, California

    United States
  • Federal Court proceedings for collapse of underground mine workings

    Acting for the insurers of a large consulting engineering firm in relation to Federal Court of Australia proceedings which alleged that they were responsible for the collapse of underground mine workings.

    Australia

    Hallet 1 Wind Farm Project

    Acting for an EPC Contractor in relation to the preparation of EPC contracts, supply contracts and subcontracts for the construction of 45 wind turbines (95 MW) at the Hallet 1 Wind Farm Project in Australia

    Australia

    CNOOC Ltd stock exchange

    Advising Merrill Lynch/Credit Suisse First Boston/Bank of China International on dual listing by IPO of shares and ADSs of CNOOC Ltd on the Hong Kong and New York Stock Exchanges, raising USD 1.436 billion

    China

    Cairn India Production Sharing Contract Arbitration

    Acting on a high value and large scale international arbitration under a Production Sharing Contract relating to tax levies with some USD 2 billion at stake.

    India

    Coal exporter in various arbitrations valued at USD 500 million

    Acting for a coal exporter in various arbitrations valued at USD 500 million, including USD 280 million SIAC arbitration against a power producer concerning the export of several million tones of thermal coal from Indonesia after the Indonesian Government imposed new export requirements

    Indonesia

    USD 125 million secured financing of copper mining-smelting enterprise

    Advising a bank on a USD 125 million secured financing to a Kazakhstan copper mining-smelting enterprise (involving collateral including the pledge of raw materials, bank accounts and vehicles)

    Kazakhstan

    Delay to the conversion of a jack-up rig

    Representing a UAE based construction company in connection with an LCIA arbitration on claims for delay, disruption and variations in connection with the conversion of a jack-up rig into an offshore permanent production facility

    Qatar
  • Investment of USD 10 billion for mine construction in Saudi Arabia

    Advising Amwal Al Khaleej on its investment in a USD 10 billion project for the construction of an alumina mine in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

     

    Saudi Arabia

    Yemeni USD 10.9 billion Production Sharing Agreement ICC Arbitration

    Successfully acting on a multi-billion dollar arbitration concerning the Republic of Yemen's national wealth and in relation to a 20-year old Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) regarding the Marib Block 18 oil field in the Yemen. Reported in The American Lawyer as the 2nd largest contract...

    Yemen
  • Maritza East III Power Plant

    Advising a consortium of two major international contractors on an innovative restructuring of the engineering and construction contracting arrangements for the 840 MW Maritza East III Power Plant in Bulgaria

    Bulgaria

    Onshore wind portfolio

    Assisting Iberdrola Renovables in relation to the establishment of its onshore wind portfolio in France including the acquisition of several wind projects (600 MW portfolio) and supervising all transactional, corporate, regulatory matters

    France

    Acquiring an international oil & gas business

    Advising Petro-Canada on the USD 2.1 billion acquisition of Veba Oil & Gas’ international operated and non-operated business having business operations in 12 countries.

    Germany

    Eastern Petroleum Corporation acquires an oil field in Russia

    Advising a subsidiary of Eastern Petroleum Corporation on the acquisition of an oil field in Khanty-Mansiysk and the establishment of a JV company

    Russian Federation

    North Sea offshore radioactive incident

    Defending a major offshore oil & gas contractor in a criminal prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive, following a radioactive source incident on an offshore platform in the North Sea.

    United Kingdom

    Negotiating licence with oil major

    Representing a leading UK change management consultancy specialising in the oil & gas sector, in complex negotiations with an oil major relating to the licensing of copyright and confidential information embodying our client's proprietary technology and project management methodologies

    United Kingdom

    Offshore wind charter party dispute

    Advising a contractor in LMAA arbitration proceedings regarding a charter party dispute following damage caused to the leg of an offshore wind farm jack-up installation vessel off the coast of Northumberland in the UK

    United Kingdom

    Smart metering

    Advising Energy UK and the UK gas and electricity supply market on the creation of the Central Delivery Body to promote smart metering and associated industry codes

    United Kingdom

Our Energy & Natural Resources team

Andrés Adame
Andrés Adame

Partner

Rebecca Armstrong
Rebecca Armstrong

Partner

David Bennet
David Bennet

Partner

David Brown
David Brown

Partner

Owen Carragher
Owen Carragher

Partner

Nigel Chapman
Nigel Chapman

Partner

Fernando Escamilla
Fernando Escamilla

Partner

Alejandro Garcia
Alejandro Garcia

Partner

David Hesse
David Hesse

Partner

Peter Hirst
Peter Hirst

Senior Partner

Simon Jackson
Simon Jackson

Partner

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