Oil & Gas

Oil & Gas

Maximising returns in the oil and gas sector

With demand for energy increasing and China on its way to becoming the world’s largest energy importer, clients call on our oil and gas expertise to deliver industry firsts and colossal projects.

From developing facilities in remote locations to the largest ever LNG sale to Chinese interests, we are at the forefront of the world’s most complex and challenging onshore, offshore and floating projects.

Expertise for every step of your project

Our team has the expertise required to support all stages of a project. Operators, service providers, investors, funds, financiers, governments and state agencies all benefit from our in-depth knowledge of the sector.

As a client of King & Wood Mallesons, you can get whole-of-chain oil and gas support, including:

  • Project development and structuring, including taxation, compliance and fundraising
  • Equity, joint venture, farm-in and unitisation arrangements
  • Inbound and outbound investment and foreign investment regulation
  • Commodity sales, off-take agreements and shipping issues
  • Project approvals, planning and environment law
  • Infrastructure sharing and common user arrangements
  • Infrastructure and construction agreements.

Our experience in the oil and gas sector includes advising Chevron on structuring and developing the AUD 40+ billion Gorgon LNG Project – the world’s largest LNG project.

We were also involved in the largest offshore oil discovery in West Africa in the last decade when we advised the lenders on Kosmos Energy’s US$2 billion refinancing of its participation in the Jubilee Field in Ghana and upstream interests in Cameroon and Morocco.

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Other work highlights in oil and gas include advising:

  • Sinopec Corporation on its US$10+ billion share purchase of oil and gas assets from its state-owned majority shareholder, China Petrochemical Corporation in Russia, Kazakhstan, Colombia and Canada
  • PetroChina on its acquisition from BHP Billiton of an 8.33% interest in the East Browse gas joint venture and 20% interest in the West Browse gas joint venture in offshore Western Australia for US$1.63 billion
  • China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) as its dedicated international ‘operations’ counsel, including in respect of its upstream assets in Iraq and the North Sea
  • BG Group / QGC on developing the AUD 20 billion Queensland Curtis LNG project – the world’s first coal seam gas (CSG) to LNG project – including equity and LNG off-take arrangements with CNOOC and Tokyo Gas
  • Chevron on structuring and development in the pre-FID phase of the AUD 29 billion Wheatstone LNG Project
  • PetroSA on financing arrangements relating to the Mthombo Refinery, which will be built in South Africa at an estimated cost of US$15 billion.

We have a full team specialising in this area.

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07 December 2016

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15 September 2016