Oil & Gas

The oil and gas industry has an important role to play, both as a significant contributor to the Australian and regional economy, and in meeting growing global energy demands as a transitional fuel.

The industry continues to evolve, and organisations are expected to navigate a complex regulatory environment faced with geopolitical stress, investment cycles, market uncertainty and the need for greater environmental sustainability.

How can we help?

Having played a major role in almost all of the oil and gas projects in Australia, and many of the pre-eminent oil and gas projects in the Asia-Pacific region (including in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar), our team is led by industry experts with expertise along the entire oil and gas value chain.

Supporting you across all stages of the project

We have helped our oil and gas clients with strategic mergers and acquisitions, including takeovers, the financing of developments and acquisitions, complex taxation and construction disputes, the development of LNG projects (including floating LNG and LNG import projects), as well as on-shore coal seam gas and shale gas projects. We also work on key operational agreements, such as joint operating agreements, product lifting and sales and transport agreements and associated arrangements, such as EPC contracts.

Helping you navigate the complex political and regulatory issues

We understand the vast cross-jurisdictional issues, opportunities and challenges in the sector, keeping you up to date as the market rapidly evolves.

Managing risks and optimising performance

Our role as an adviser to a wide range of industry participants, including oil and gas companies, financiers and governments, gives us the depth of experience and understanding to help you meet your objectives.

In 2018, we were once again ranked as a leading firm in Chambers Global for Energy and Natural Resources in the Asia Pacific - a position we have held consistently.

Experience

Inpex one of the world's largest project financings

Advised Inpex on the financing, reorganisation and restructure of the Ichthys LNG project, as well as on a range of disputes arising from the project.

Inpex largest oil and gas project in Asia

Advised Inpex on the development of the US$12 billion Masela LNG project in Indonesia – the world's first floating LNG plant.

ExxonMobil first LNG project worth $US20bn

Advised on the development and financing of PNG's LNG project including, most recently, ExxonMobil's integration work in relation to the newly acquired Papua LNG interest.

Nghi Son Refinery & Petroleum development

Advised on the development of the Nghi Son Refinery Vietnam, including construction and financing.

ConocoPhillips joint venture

Advised on the formation of its $9.6 billion Australian Pacific LNG joint venture with Origin Energy.

Royal Dutch Shell

Advised on the joint $3.4 billion acquisition (with PetroChina) of coal seam gas company Arrow Energy.

JERA investment

Advised in relation to its investment in the NSW LNG import terminal project (the Port Kembla re-gas project).

Woodside gas sale and purchase agreement

Advised on its agreement with Perdaman for the supply of domestic pipeline gas for 20 years from the proposed Scarborough development, and on structuring LNG and gas equity lifting from the North West Shelf and proposed Browse LNG projects.

APA acquisition of the QCLNG pipeline for US$5bn

Advised on the acquisition of the pipeline and the negotiation of gas transportation agreements, the O&M agreement and detailed due diligence and risk analysis

Osaka Gas acquisition

Advised on its acquisition of an interest in the offshore WA Crux project, and on a subsequent joint venture, and the consolidation transaction unitising the liquids and gas interests in the project.

Shell development and sell down of equity interests

Advised on the Prelude floating LNG project and hydrocarbon lifting and balancing arrangements, as well as its partial divestment of an interest in the Sakhalin II LNG project to Gazprom and its equity investment in Qalhat LNG.

Central Petroleum gas sales

Advised on sales to Macquarie, Incitec Pivot and Jemena as well as on gas trading, gas transportation and gas parking arrangements.