Oil & Gas

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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 we can 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 2021, 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

Oil Search

Advising on the A$22 billion merger with Santos.

Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP)

Advising on the acquisition of a 49% interest in the Pluto Train 2 Joint Venture from Woodside.

Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP)

Advising on the acquisition of an economic interest in the Gladstone LNG Project's downstream infrastructure facilities.

Santos

Advising on the divestment of a 12.5% interest in the Barossa / Caldita project to JERA and on the sale to SK E&S of a 25% interest in the Darwin LNG facility and the Bayu-Undan gas field.

Santos

Advising on the acquisition of ConocoPhillips’ interests in northern Australia for US$1.39 billion, together with a US$75 million contingent payment linked to FID on Barossa.

Inpex on 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 on the 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.

JERA investment

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

APA acquisition of the QCLNG pipeline for US$5bn

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