Energy and Resources

MinterEllison has one of the largest specialist energy and resources legal practices in the Asia Pacific with more than 100 lawyers across Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. Our strength is to combine lawyers from various offices in virtual teams to work with international and domestic clients who are operating across borders.

We work in the electricity, mining and metals, oil and gas, climate change, native title and water sectors throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Acquisition of Shell Aviation Australia Pty Ltd from the Shell Petroleum Company Limited

Advised Viva Energy Australia on its acquisition of Shell Aviation Australia Pty Ltd for approximately USD$250 million

One Sun: Solar Acquisition

Advised an international private equity investor on the proposed acquisition of a solar farm project being developed under the ACT solar auction scheme, including advice on the large scale solar feed in tariff regime.

Yancoal internal restructure and US$900m debt raising

Acting for the independent board committee of Yancoal Australia Limited on Yancoal's internal restructure which included the issuance of US $950 million of secured debt bonds to a consortium of financiers comprising Industrial Bank Co. Ltd, BOCI Financial Products Limited (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bank of China Limited) and United NSW Energy Limited (a subsidiary of Bohai Harvest RST (Shanghai) Equity Investment Fund Management Co., Ltd), the transfer of mining assets and operations to new entity structured in a manner that deconsolidated the assets and the entry into management and other agreements to support the new entity.

Sale of Alcoa's stake in the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline to DUET

Advised Alcoa of Australia on the sale of its stake in DBP, the owner and operator of the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline, to DUET Group for A$205 million. DBP is currently owned 20 per cent by Alcoa and 80 per cent by DUET (in aggregate). As part of the transaction Alcoa will maintain its current access to approximately 30 per cent of the pipeline's transmission capacity for gas supply to its three alumina refineries. Alcoa is Western Australia’s largest user of natural gas and biggest pipeline customer.

Merger of Ergon and Energex

Advised on all aspects of the merger between State-owned energy companies Ergon Energy and Energex, including review of legislation, development of implementation plans, due diligence and establishment of relevant corporate entities.