Energy and Resources

Minter Ellison 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.

Mundaring Water Treatment Plant PPP Project

Advised on syndicated debt project finance commitments for the consortium's shortlisted bid for the Western Australian Government's Mundaring water treatment plant PPP project. This is the first of a number of projects to use the PPP procurement methodology in Western Australia and was the first PPP style project finance transaction completed in WA. It was further complicated by the intricate long-term energy/power requirements of the financing as well as the inclusion of existing pipeline assets of the WA Water Corporation into the project financing.

RTA carbon liability

Advised RTA, a client of over 20 years standing, on carbon liabilities arising in relation to its power generation, alumina refining and aluminium smelting businesses on the Eastern seaboard. This included helping RTA to understand the impact of the new carbon pricing scheme in Australia and with making submissions to Government about the operation of the scheme, advising RTA on assistance available under the scheme and advising on carbon cost pass through arrangements.

ALS Limited / Reservoir Group US$533m acquisition financing

Advised ALS Limited on both the capital raising and debt financing elements of ALS Limited's US$533 million acquisition of Reservoir Group.

Development of a suite of procurement contracts

Assisted Peabody Energy Australia with development of a suite of procurement contracts (including construction contracts) for use across multiple mine sites in Queensland and New South Wales. We currently assisting Peabody in the negotiation of deals based on those templates, with those deals ranging in complexity and value from tens of thousands of dollars to hundreds of millions of dollars.

Centerbridge Partners recapitalisation with Boart Longyear

Advised Centerbridge Partners on a recapitalisation transaction with Boart Longyear. The recapitalisation will involve a series of transactions, including debt refinancing by way of new 'covenenat lite' term loans of up to US$225 million and a US$119-127 equity raising carried out in several stages along with a share buy-back.