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Energy Publications

  • Focus: China's business regulatory approval reforms - further steps to market liberalisation

    1 April 2014

    The PRC Government is reforming its corporate regulatory approval processes at an unprecedented rate. The changes are aimed at facilitating private sector investment (including foreign direct investment) in order to move towards a more market-driven economy. Over the past four months, new regulations have reduced and, in certain cases, removed, corporate regulatory approval requirements for a range of business activities and investments. As part of these reforms, changes have also been made to the PRC Company Law and associated regulations. Partner Kate Axup, Senior Associate Wayne Wang and Lawyer Shona Shang look at the key changes.

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  • Focus: Pricing and repeal of the carbon tax

    28 March 2014

    The legislation that will repeal Australia's carbon pricing scheme will also introduce some significant new prohibitions, and confer some extensive enforcement and price monitoring powers on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, to ensure that the repeal of the scheme is accompanied by a corresponding reduction in the price of emissions or energy-intensive goods and services. Partners Grant Anderson and Fiona Crosbie report.

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  • Audio: New harmonized WHS laws for WA resources sector

    25 February 2014

    The Western Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum has flagged the introduction of harmonised workplace health and safety laws for the WA resources sector by early 2015. Special Counsel Eleanor Jewell spoke with BRR Media on what these new laws are likely to look like and what companies can do to ready themselves for their introduction.

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  • Audio: New regulations for minerals: Indonesia

    20 January 2014

    The Indonesian Government has issued new regulations to implement in-country processing requirements for mineral commodities, including a ban on the export of unprocessed ore. Jakarta-based Partner David Holme, from the Energy, Resources & Infrastructure group at Allens, spoke to BRR Media about the new laws and how they'll affect international business in Indonesia.

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  • Focus: Emissions Reduction Fund Green Paper released

    10 January 2014

    The Federal Government has released its Green Paper on the design of the Emissions Reduction Fund. Partner Grant Anderson reports on this proposed centrepiece of the Government's Direct Action Plan.

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  • Focus: New merits review regime commences

    9 January 2014

    Major changes to the merits review regime applying to regulated revenue and price determinations that the Australian Energy Regulator makes for electricity and gas networks have now come into operation. Partner Grant Anderson reports.

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  • Focus: New traditional owner negotiation requirements for central Victoria

    1 November 2013

    The Dja Dja Wurrung Land Use Activity Agreement has commenced operation, creating a new negotiation framework for activities on public land in central Victoria. Partner Chris Schulz and Senior Associates Emily Gerrard and Penny Creswell explore the implications.

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  • Audio: New investment law to drive interest in Mongolia

    25 October 2013

    The Mongolian Government has passed a new Law on Investment, aimed at recapturing investor interest in the north Asian nation. Partners David Wenger and Igor Bogdanich, from the Energy, Resources and Infrastructure group at Allens, speak to BRR Media about the new law.

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  • Audio: Election impacts on inbound foreign investment

    9 October 2013

    The newly elected Abbott Government has announced a range of policies that will impact upon Australian companies across a number of sectors, with potential changes in the areas of tax, climate change, infrastructure, competition, workplace relations, foreign investment and technology, media and communications. Partner Marcus Clark, from the Corporate group at Allens, speaks to BRR Media about the impact of the election results on businesses faced with foreign investment law issues.

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  • Audio: Election impacts on climate change

    9 October 2013

    The newly elected Abbott Government has announced a range of policies that will impact upon Australian companies across a number of sectors, with potential changes in the areas of tax, climate change, infrastructure, competition, workplace relations, foreign investment and technology, media and communications. Partner Grant Anderson, from the Energy, Resources & Infrastructure group at Allens, speaks to BRR Media about the impact of the election results on climate change policy.

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  • Audio: Election impacts on workplace relations

    9 October 2013

    The newly elected Abbott Government has announced a range of policies that will impact upon Australian companies across a number of sectors, with potential changes in the areas of tax, climate change, infrastructure, competition, workplace relations, foreign investment and technology, media and communications. Special Counsel Eleanor Jewell, from the Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution group at Allens, speaks to BRR Media about the impact of the election results on workplace relations.

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  • Audio: Election impacts on infrastructure

    9 October 2013

    The newly elected Abbott Government has announced a range of policies that will impact upon Australian companies across a number of sectors, with potential changes in the areas of tax, climate change, infrastructure, competition, workplace relations, foreign investment and technology, media and communications. Partner Michael Hollingdale, from the Energy, Resources & Infrastructure group at Allens, speaks to BRR Media about the impact of the election results on the infrastructure sector.

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  • Audio: Election impacts on competition

    9 October 2013

    The newly elected Abbott Government has announced a range of policies that will impact upon Australian companies across a number of sectors, with potential changes in the areas of tax, climate change, infrastructure, competition, workplace relations, foreign investment and technology, media and communications. Partner Jacqueline Downes, from the Competition group at Allens, speaks to BRR Media about the impact of the election results on businesses faced with competition law issues.

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  • Client Update: NSW's latest proposal to put CSG activities 'off limits' in residential areas and villages

    9 October 2013

    The New South Wales Government has released new mapping to support its growing package of measures to regulate coal seam gas activities in the State. Partner David Maloney and Senior Associate Michael Zissis review the implications of the Government's latest announcement.

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  • Client Update: Queensland's 30-year electricity strategy

    16 September 2013

    The Queensland Government has released a discussion paper outlining how it proposes to meet the challenges facing the State's electricity sector in the immediate term and over the next 30 years. Partner John Greig and Senior Associate Damien Hughes report on the Government's specific proposals and reform agenda signalled in the paper.

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  • Focus: Regulated revenue guidelines released

    10 September 2013

    The Australian Energy Regulator's recently released draft guidelines on its proposed approach to regulating electricity and gas transmission and distribution revenues indicate how it intends to exercise its expanded discretion in relation to electricity and gas transmission and distribution regulatory determinations. Partner Grant Anderson and Law Graduate Levona Lavi report.

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  • Audio: New government and mining: what to expect

    10 September 2013

    The newly elected Abbott Government has released its policy relating to Energy and Resources.Partners Mark McAleer and Martin Fry speak to BRR Media about the new policy and its likely impact on the Australian mining industry.

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  • Focus: Now for the Direct Action Plan

    9 September 2013

    The Coalition's election victory means that, assuming it ultimately gains control of the Senate, or is otherwise able to garner sufficient votes from the non-Coalition parties in the Senate, the current carbon pricing scheme will soon be replaced with the Coalition's Direct Action Plan. Partner Grant Anderson reports.

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  • Audio: Largest solar projects under flagships program signed

    6 August 2013

    Two of the largest solar power stations in Australia achieved financial close last week, as part of the Federal Government's Solar Flagships Program. Partner Anthony Arrow and Lawyer Fiona Borrelli, who worked on the projects, speak to BRR Media about the program, its significance, and the knowledge-sharing objectives that underpin the Federal and state governments' funding contributions.

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  • Audio: Policy impacts on renewable energy target scheme

    25 July 2013

    Energy industry leaders met yesterday at the Future Forum on Energy and some interesting comments have emerged in relation to the renewable energy target scheme, and the costs of that scheme to consumers in the context of the Government's and Opposition's policies on carbon and renewables. Allens Power and Utilities Sector Head Anna Collyer speaks to BRR Media about the scheme.

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  • Focus: National infrastructure plan revealed

    5 July 2013

    Infrastructure Australia has released a 50-year plan for national infrastructure, including an update to the national infrastructure priority list. The plan identifies key infrastructure challenges, and what needs to be done to address them in the near and long-term future. Partner Emma Warren and Lawyer Freya Dinshaw report.

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  • Client Update: SCER announces reforms to limited merits review regime

    19 June 2013

    Following an independent expert panel's report, the Standing Council on Energy and Resources intends to implement a substantial range of reforms to the limited merits review regime for electricity and gas regulatory decisions. However, several of the expert panel's most significant recommendations will not be adopted. Partner Paul Kenny and Lawyer Ben Strate report.

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  • Focus: Malaysian risk service contracts - the implications

    13 June 2013

    The offshore licensing unit of Malaysia's national oil company recently invited bids for 10 marginal fields in its third risk service contract licensing round in as many years. Partners Igor Bogdanich and Anthony Patten, and Lawyer Ainsley Reid-Willet, discuss the background to the need for such contracts, and the implications of the new contracts for oil and gas companies looking at investing in Malaysia.

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  • Focus: Queensland Government responds to Costello audit report

    9 May 2013

    The Costello Commission of Audit Report and the Queensland Government's response last week could transform the State's economy by recasting the way the Queensland public sector interacts with the private sector. Partner John Greig examines the main recommendations and the Government's response.

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  • Focus: New EU financial disclosure requirements for resources and logging sectors

    24 April 2013

    Companies listed in the EU and large private companies in the EU that operate in the extractives and logging industries will need to report on payments made to host governments, both on a country and project basis, under a new EU legislative proposal that is part of a trend towards improving transparency in the extractives sector. Compliance costs will be significant and companies need to start preparing now, as Partner Anthony Patten, Senior Associate Dora Banyasz and Lawyer Raquel Dos Santos report. 

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  • Focus: China encourages foreign involvement in green energy

    23 April 2013

    Although still light on specifics, a policy articulating China's plans for the development of its coalbed methane reserves has signalled the PRC Government's intention to encourage foreign investment as a way of dealing with the national demand for clean energy. Partner Kate Axup, Senior Associate Wayne Wang and Trainee Solicitor Alice Mok look at the policy's changes that are relevant to international oil and gas companies.

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  • Audio: Recent developments in Myanmar

    9 April 2013

    The fast pace of reform continues in Myanmar, creating significant opportunities for foreign investors. Partner Marae Ciantar spoke to BRR Media about the recent and upcoming developments in the oil & gas and telecommunications sectors, and what investors can do to prepare.

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  • Audio: Preparing for crisis situations

    2 April 2013

    One of the biggest problems for businesses when they encounter a crisis is a lack of preparation and planning. Partner Tracey Greenaway discusses how companies can best prepare themselves for crisis situations.

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  • Audio: Report supports uranium mining in Qld

    26 March 2013

    Partners Bill McCredie and Ben Zillmann discuss the 'Recommencement of Uranium Mining in Queensland' report's recommendations and whether we are likely to see similar action in other states.

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  • Focus: Further regulation of coal seam gas activities in NSW

    25 February 2013

    In response to widespread community concerns regarding increasing coal seam gas activities, particularly near residential areas, the New South Wales Government has announced a package of measures to strengthen the regulation of the coal seam gas industry. Partner David Maloney and Senior Associate Georgina Cowdroy report.

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  • Focus: Queensland Government opens door to oil shale industry

    18 February 2013

    The Newman Government has just introduced a new oil shale policy that encourages private sector research and investment in oil shale extraction, by removing restrictions on the development of an oil shale industry. Partner Ben Zillmann and Lawyer Faheem Anwar look at the new policy.

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  • Client Update: The changing environment of uranium mining

    18 December 2012

    As longstanding bans on uranium mining are being relaxed and lifted across many Australian jurisdictions, our uranium specialists summarise the current Federal regulatory framework that controls its exploration and extraction.

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  • Audio: Solar looks bright under current RET

    11 December 2012

    The Climate Change Authority recently released its draft recommendations regarding Australian Renewable Energy Targets. The final report is due to be released before the end of 2012. Partner Anthony Arrow and Senior Associate Stephen Natoli discuss the report and the potential implications for future renewable energy projects

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  • Focus: Review of the national access regime

    10 December 2012

    The Productivity Commission has been tasked with reviewing the effectiveness of Australia's national third party access regime, which potentially applies to all nationally significant infrastructure. As part of this process it has released an Issues Paper setting out the matters it will focus on in its review. Special Counsel Verity Quinn and Senior Associate John Hedge report on the key topics raised in the paper.

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  • Focus: Senate Select Committee on Electricity prices report released

    21 November 2012

    The Senate Select Committee on Electricity Prices has released its report, which lays out a series of recommendations, findings and comments in relation to rising electricity prices in Australia and the current electricity regulatory framework in the National Electricity Market. Partner Grant Anderson and Law Graduate Albert Yu report.

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  • Focus: Myanmar's new foreign investment law

    7 November 2012

    International investors have welcomed the news that Myanmar's new Foreign Investment Law has been approved and is now in force. In this article, members of our Myanmar team (Partners Marae Ciantar and Stuart Bedford, and Lawyer Mostyn Taylor) provide an overview of the new foreign investment regime and its implications for foreign investors.

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  • Audio: Operating in emerging Asian economies

    2 November 2012

    The Australian Government has released its Australia in the Asian Century White Paper, its blueprint for Australia's greater integration throughout the region and roadmap to becoming a more prosperous and resilient nation. Partners Erin Feros and Marae Ciantar spoke to BRR Media about other emerging markets within the region, such as Mongolia and Myanmar.

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  • Audio: Carbon policy in the Asian Century

    2 November 2012

    The Australian Government has released its Australia in the Asian Century White Paper, its blueprint for Australia's greater integration throughout the region and roadmap to becoming a more prosperous and resilient nation. Partner Grant Anderson spoke to BRR Media about the prospects for a carbon market in the Asia region.

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  • Audio: Infrastructure in the Asian Century

    2 November 2012

    The Australian Government has released its Australia in the Asian Century White Paper, its blueprint for Australia's greater integration throughout the region and roadmap to becoming a more prosperous and resilient nation. Partner Emma Warren spoke to BRR Media about the vital role that infrastructure will play in harnessing the opportunities and addressing the challenges of the Asian Century.

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  • Audio: Indonesia opportunities in Asian Century

    2 November 2012

    The Australian Government has released its Australia in the Asian Century White Paper, its blueprint for Australia's greater integration throughout the region and roadmap to becoming a more prosperous and resilient nation. Partner David Holme spoke to BRR Media about the untapped growth markets in Indonesia, and the opportunities for increased investment.

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  • Focus: Changes to merits review regime recommended

    18 October 2012

    The expert panel reviewing the merits review regime for electricity and gas regulatory decisions has recommended major changes that will, if implemented, have significant implications for regulated businesses. Partner Paul Kenny and Lawyer Ben Strate report.

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  • Focus: Significant changes proposed to native title legislation

    16 October 2012

    Significant native title reforms largely focus on further encouraging the agreement-making processes to obtain native title holders' consent for projects/developments, through changes to the 'right to negotiate' regime (including requiring parties to meet detailed 'good faith' criteria) and changes to Indigenous Land Use Agreement processes. Allens native title specialists Partners Ben Zillmann and Marshall McKenna and Senior Associates Emily Gerrard and Penny Creswell examine the proposed changes.

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  • Focus: Fortescue 'binding agreements' announcements were not misleading

    3 October 2012

    In a decision handed down yesterday, the High Court unanimously held that Fortescue Metals Group Ltd's announcements to the ASX and media in 2004 stating it had reached 'binding agreements' with Chinese State-owned entities to build infrastructure in the Pilbara were not misleading despite the 'agreements' being substantially incomplete and not being legally enforceable in Australia. Partners Richard Harris, Jeremy Low, Senior Associate Andrew Byrne and Lawyer Alice Dillon comment on the decision and its implications for listed companies and directors.

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  • Client Update: LNG supplementary assistance

    2 October 2012

    The Federal Government has made regulations for the calculation of the 'top up' assistance, in the form of free carbon units, that is to be given in respect of LNG projects. Partner Grant Anderson reports.

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  • Client Update: Renewed energy in renewable energy

    25 September 2012

    The NSW Government has released a draft renewable energy action plan, which, as it establishes the parameters for all new renewable energy investments in NSW up until 2020, has implications for all stakeholders in the NSW energy market. Partner Andrew Mansour and Senior Associate Joel Sturgeon report on the draft plan which intends to increase the use of energy generated from renewable sources in NSW by reducing investment barriers, building community support, attracting and growing renewable energy expertise, and improving energy efficiency.

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  • Client Update: Changes to reserves and resources disclosure rules

    24 September 2012

    Proposed new disclosure rules will affect the way mining and oil and gas companies report on their reserves and resources. The proposals seek to strike a balance between providing meaningful information to investors about listed entities' reserves and resources assets while managing compliance costs for listed companies. Partner Ted Hill and Lawyer Lachlan Clancy report.

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  • Audio: Japan holds new LNG opportunities

    19 September 2012

    Australia is well placed to respond to an increase in gas demand due to Japan's proposed phase out of nuclear power by 2040. Partners Tim Lester and Anthony Patten speak to BRR Media about the recent Fukushima nuclear disaster's influence on Japan's energy policy, how that policy could positively impact LNG suppliers in Australia and elsewhere.

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  • Audio: Multiple hurdles for wind farm projects

    5 September 2012

    The future of wind farm development in Australia continues to be a topic of discussion. Partner Anna Collyer spoke to BRR Media about the hurdles facing wind farm projects.

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  • Client Update: Australia's EU carbon price linkage and its consequences

    29 August 2012

    The Federal Government announced yesterday that the Australian and European Union emissions trading markets will be linked from 1 July 2015 and that, to facilitate this, the Government will abandon the carbon floor price and restrict the use of Kyoto emission reduction units under the Australian scheme. Partner Grant Anderson and Law Graduate Albert Yu report.

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  • Focus: More nations ease sanctions against Myanmar

    23 August 2012

    We recently reported on the easing of US sanctions against Myanmar. In this follow up article, we report on changes to the Australian, EU and Canadian sanctions against Myanmar. Allens Partner Anthony Patten, Linklaters Partner Satindar Dogra and Allens Law Graduate Laura Bellamy provide a brief overview of the changes to these sanctions regimes.

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