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Energy & resources

The energy and resources industry is experiencing change and disruption. There's a focus on ESG issues. There's a shift to renewables. Miners are decarbonising and resetting operations. Water services are under pressure. New technologies are driving innovations in service and access. Energy policy is complex and uncertain. We work with policymakers as they shape the sector's governance and regulation, and with companies to prepare for, and respond to change.


Andrea Frank on renewable energy investment

Andrea shares her views on the vibrant state of Australia's renewable energy sector, with robust investment, evolving market dynamics, and opportunities for innovation and growth.



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End-to-end, integrated solutions

MinterEllison's energy and resources specialists provide end-to-end, integrated legal and consulting solutions to the power and renewables, mining and metals, gas and fuels, and water sectors. Their knowledge is from years of advising at the policy, corporate, project and operational levels of business and industry.

With sector expertise, we are known for commercial and pragmatic advice. Our teams advise on market reforms, sector redesign, new sector frameworks, and governance and regulations that will enhance the energy and resources sector's benefits to consumers, investors, and operators.

For investors, explorers, developers and producers, we help them build, manage and protect their business interests, minimise risk, and seize the opportunities unfolding in the sectors. The range of services we provide to clients include:

  • Project structuring, joint ventures, financing
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Competition and market regulation
  • Regulatory and environmental approvals
  • Offtake, sales, marketing and logistics
  • Procurement, contract management, supply chains
  • Construction
  • Dispute resolution
  • Employment, IR and workplace health and safety
  • Mine, infrastructure and facility decommissioning
  • Technology strategy and transformation
  • Land access, native title, cultural heritage

Case studies

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Albemarle Corporation

Advised on all aspects of its US$1.3bn acquisition of a 60% interest in, and forming a joint venture with, Mineral Resources for the Wodgina Lithium Project and the US$480m sale of its interest in the Kemerton lithium facility, as well as the bond offering to fund the purchase. (Australasian Law Awards 2020 Energy & Resources Deal of the Year).

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Western Australian Government

Advising the State of Western Australia and the Energy Transformation Taskforce on wholesale electricity market reform including the reserve capacity pricing regime, constrained access, technical and generation regulation, essential system services, security constrained economic dispatch and distributed energy resources.

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Advised on its farmout agreement with 3D Oil involving the acquisition of a 80% interest in, and operatorship of, the offshore Otway Basin Permit T/49P.


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Flinders Mines

Advised on its transaction with BBI Group in relation to a farm-in, incorporated joint venture arrangement and infrastructure development project for Flinders' Pilbara Iron Ore Project.

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Flinders Power

Advised on the closure and dismantling of the coal-fired power stations at Port Augusta, including site remediation, the closure and remediation of the Leigh Creek coal mine, and the closure of the Leigh Creek to Port Augusta coal railway.

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Stanwell Corporation

Advising on its development of the proposed Central Queensland Hydrogen Project in consortium with Iwatani Corporation, Kansai Electric Power Company, Marubeni Corporation and Keppel.

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