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Energy & Natural Resources

Members’ experience in complex dispute resolution means that they work extensively in the energy and natural resources sector. Members advise and represent clients, across the globe, for many of the world’s major energy companies and international engineering contractors, as well as for governments and public bodies

For up-to-date case reports and events news on energy and natural resources click here.

Legal disputes in the oil and gas sector

Traditional oil and gas disputes include not just the construction of power generation plant and petrochemical refineries but the supporting infrastructure including, FPSOs (Floating production storage and offloading units), jack-up and semisubmersible drilling rigs, storage facilities, and dredging and subsea cabling and pipe-laying vessels.

A change in the energy disputes landscape

The energy sector is undergoing unprecedented change driven by the required rapid and far-reaching transition to energy generation and systems infrastructure arising out of the global response to climate change.

Plant construction and dismantling/decommissioning, new supply systems and the challenges of integrating new technologies into existing energy systems, changes to existing buildings and infrastructure and so on will all bring with them disputes of a familiar and unfamiliar kind.

Renewable energy disputes in the UK and globally

Many members have built substantial reputations in the renewable energy sector – solar, wind, wave and biofuels – as well as clean energy and nuclear.

In particular:

  • The design, construction and commissioning of power plant in renewable energy related to solar plants and wind farms. Members have also worked extensively in the UK and increasingly overseas on biomass plants and energy from waste projects.  In the UK such projects are frequently subject to complex PFI arrangements.
  • Disputes related to storage and transportation/distribution facilities.
  • Disputes connected to some of the world’s largest LNG projects – seen by some as a “bridge fuel” that will play a role in supporting the transition to renewable energy.

Recent reported cases include:

Mining litigation and dispute resolution

Members continue to be instructed on mining disputes – coal and phosphates for example – across the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

Water project disputes

Members have extensive experience of large-scale water supply, wastewater recycling and desalination construction projects in the UK and overseas.

Commercial disputes in wider energy sector

Members are also instructed on wider commercial energy law disputes surrounding the related shareholder, supply/sales, power purchase, offtake and farm-in agreements, and issues around feed-in tariffs for example.