Energy & natural resources

Full service legal advice for New Zealand’s energy and natural resources sector

Our multi-disciplinary energy and natural resources team advises
New Zealand and international companies across the energy and natural resources sector, on issues relating to oil and gas, power, coal and minerals, water and waste, government and regulatory, and climate change.

Clients instruct us because of our ability to advise on the entire lifecycle of energy assets from the scoping and design, planning and resource management phase, through to their finance, construction, operation and maintenance and, ultimately, their sale.

Our team brings together specialists from across the firm including in corporate and commercial, iwi, finance, property, construction and major projects, environment, planning and resource management, litigation, health and safety and tax.

We advise on:

  • prospecting, exploration and mining permits

  • permitting and operational compliance, including health and safety

  • resource management issues, including property and land access

  • the procurement and construction of large-scale energy and oil and gas infrastructure projects

  • investment structuring for international companies and investors

  • merger, acquisition and disposal transactions

  • joint ventures, operating and management agreements

  • the special taxation and royalties regime for oil and gas exploration and production

  • logistics and services arrangements

  • project finance transactions

  • legislation and processes related to the granting of licences and permits

  • product supply agreements (covering gas, liquid petroleum gas and oil), at both the wholesale and retail levels

  • pipeline transmission agreements

  • downstream distribution agreements, and

  • climate change and emissions trading

We work with leading New Zealand corporates and major international upstream and downstream energy participants including Shell, Z Energy, Vector, the Solomon Islands Electricity Authority, Mighty River Power (now Mercury), Bathurst Resources, Bluescope Steel, Powerco, Transpower and Methanex.

Experience highlights

We have advised:

  • Vector on its sale of its gas transmission business and non-Auckland gas distribution business utilities investor First State Funds for $952.5m
  • Z Energy on the debt capital raising and competition law aspects of its $785m purchase of Chevron New Zealand's Caltex service station network
  • on all three of the New Zealand Government’s Mixed Ownership Model transactions involving state-owned energy companies: Mighty River Power (now Mercury ($1.7b)), Genesis Energy ($736m) and Meridian Energy($1.88b)
  • Mighty River Power (now Mercury), as its key legal advisor over a long period, on a wide range of projects including the establishment and operation of many of its geothermal power stations (Kawerau, Nga Awa Purua, Ngatamariki), and ongoing construction, consenting and operations and maintenance work relating to its substantial portfolio of hydro assets
  • the Solomon Islands Electricity Authority on four renewable energy projects in the Solomon Islands, including the proposed Tina River Hydro Development Project, which involves the development of a new 20MW hydro power plant and will be the Solomon Islands' first PPP

Ranked Tier One for environment and construction work by independent legal directory Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016, and ranked Tier One by IFLR1000 in the energy & infrastructure area.

Competition & antitrust; Corporate & commercial; Corporate governance; Employment; Environment, planning & resource management; Finance; Health & safety; Litigation & dispute resolution; Mergers & acquisitions; Property & real estate; Public law; Regulatory law; Shipping

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