Allens

Recent experience

Some of our recent projects have included:

APA Group
Advised Australia's largest natural gas infrastructure business, on its US$5 billion (approximately A$6.05 billion) purchase of the Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG) pipeline from the BG Group.

Rio Tinto
Advised Rio Tinto on:

  • the sale of its controlling interest in the Clermont Joint Venture to GS Coal Pty Ltd, which is jointly owned by Glencore Xstrata and Sumitomo Corporation.
  • its agreement to sell its interest in the Blair Athol mine, which is owned by the Blair Athol Coal Joint Venture (BACJV) and managed by Rio Tinto Coal Australia.

Meridian Energy Ltd
Advised Meridian on the sale of the Macarthur wind farm. Capable of powering more than 220,000 homes, the Macarthur wind farm is the largest of its type in the southern hemisphere.

Tangiers Petroleum
Advised Perth-based Tangiers Petroleum on a matter that saw the ASX-listed exploration company farm out a 50 per cent interest in eight exploration permits, located in offshore Morocco.

Meridian Energy Australia
Advised renewable energy company Meridian Energy Australia (Meridian) on the development of the Mt Mercer Wind Farm.

Meridian Energy Ltd
Advised New Zealand's largest renewable electricity generator, Meridian Energy Ltd, on the project financing of its share of development and construction costs of the $1 billion wind farm joint venture with Australia's largest renewable electricity generator, AGL.

ACCIONA
Advised ACCIONA, the world's largest independent (non-utility) renewable energy developer and owner, on the development of the $147 million Gunning Wind Farm.

Queensland Government
Advised the Queensland Government on the A$1.829 billion divestment of the X50 Abbot Point Coal Terminal to Mundra Port Pty Ltd, involving a 99-year lease.

Tomago Aluminium
Acted for Tomago (a joint venture between Rio Tinto, Hydro Aluminium, CSR and AMP) on the largest energy agreement ever signed in New South Wales with Macquarie Generation, locking in its power supply requirements until 2028.

ConocoPhillips coal seam gas acquisition
Advised ConocoPhillips on its A$9 billion acquisition of a 50 per cent stake in Origin Energy's coal seam gas business, to form Australia Pacific LNG. The joint venture will develop Australia's largest CSG reserves into a 14 million tonne per annum CSG to LNG project.

Queensland Government wind and gas asset sales
Acted for the Queensland Government on the sale of its wind farm assets and gas businesses. This was Australia's largest ever wind farm sale comprising five operating wind farms and 14 development sites.

Tamar Valley power station acquisition
Acted for the Tasmanian Government on its purchase of the partly completed, gas-fired Tamar Valley Power Station from Babcock and Brown Power. Allens undertook a comprehensive legal due diligence review and negotiated the sale and purchase agreement, as well as advising on related issues such as competition and industrial relations.

Philippines energy market reform
Advised the Philippines Energy Regulatory Commission on the development of competition rules, transmission and distribution revenue and price regulation rules, and business separation guidelines.

Shell coal seam gas acquisition
Advised Shell on its US$612 million acquisition of 30 per cent of Arrow Energy's Australian upstream tenements and US$125 million investment in 10 per cent of Arrow's international operations. This transaction represents Shell's first significant investment in the Australian coal seam gas sector.

Australian energy market reform
Advised the Standing Committee of Officials (a committee formed under the Australian Ministerial Council on Energy) on the development and implementation of significant reforms to the regulation of Australia's energy markets.

Chuandongbei gas project stake
Acted for Chevron Corporation on the acquisition of a 49 per cent interest in Chuandongbei gas project from PetroChina. The US$6 billion Chuandongbei project is currently China's largest inland natural gas and oil project under cooperation with foreign companies.

Sale of Queensland energy businesses
Advised the Queensland Government on the restructuring and subsequent A$3 billion sale of its electricity and gas retail, and gas distribution businesses.

Bluewaters power stations
Advised the Griffin Group in relation to the construction of the Bluewaters I and II power stations, the first privately funded, owned and operated coal-fired power stations in Western Australia.

Macarthur Wind Farm project
Advised Meridian Energy on the development of the Macarthur Wind Farm in joint venture with AGL Energy. Once completed, the development will be one of Australasia's largest wind farms, with enough capacity to power approximately 250,000 average Australian households.

Victorian Renewable Energy Target Scheme
Advised the Victorian Essential Services Commission on the interpretation and application of its regulatory functions and powers including on the development and implementation of the Victorian Renewable Energy Target Scheme.

Monash Energy Project
Advised the Monash Energy Project participants (Shell and Anglo American) on the establishment and development of a proposed coal-to-gas-to-liquids project in the Latrobe Valley region
of Victoria.

Victorian gas and electricity industry reform
Advised the Victorian Government on the reform of its electricity and gas industries including on the drafting and implementation of the legislative and regulatory aspects of the reforms, as well as the changes needed to enable the disaggregation and privatisation of the government-owned businesses in those industries.