Navigating and responding to the energy transition

Petroleum & fuels

MinterEllison has advised on various gas, other petroleum and fuels projects and transactions in Australia and the region. Our specialist petroleum team works with explorers, producers, infrastructure owners and operators, commodity buyers, investors, lenders and governments. They also work with industry bodies to inform regulators of industry standards and practices, collaborate with other stakeholders and improve regulations.

We can help your business navigate and respond to the challenges presented by decarbonisation and rapidly evolving fuel technology, digital transformation, industrial relations reforms and an increasingly complex regulatory and policy landscape and dynamic market environment.


How we can help

Clients engage us to support them to adapt and transform their businesses in response to climate change and the sustainability expectations of their shareholders, investors and other stakeholders. We advise on the structuring, financing and development of hydrogen and carbon capture and storage projects, on updates to their procurement contracts to better support their decarbonisation ambitions and on climate change related disclosure obligations.

The range of services we provide to clients include:

View our report, Harnessing Hydrogen – The Tipping Point

Hydrogen. Momentum is growing.

Australia is positioned to be a world leader in the hydrogen sector. The industry is being driven by Commonwealth and State government funding, export demand, Australia's own decarbonisation goals, and the country's wealth of renewable energy opportunities. Our report, Harnessing Hydrogen – The Tipping Point, Dec 2020, details:

  • the potential for hydrogen
  • financial, supply chain and regulatory issues
  • Australia's national hydrogen strategy
  • lessons learned from harnessing solar and LNG

Case studies

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Acted in defence of an approximately $1b damages claim brought against it in the Supreme Court of Victoria by Lochard Energy, arising out of EnergyAustralia's sale of the Iona Underground Gas Storage Facility.

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Stanwell Corporation Limited

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

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Vintage Energy

Advising on establishment of a joint venture for and the development of the new Vali Gas field in the Cooper Basin, which will provide new gas supply to Australia's East Coast gas market.

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Advised on its agreement with 3D Oil to take a 75% interest in, and operatorship of, the offshore Otway Basin Permit T/49P through a farmout agreement.


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China Energy Reserve and Chemical Group Australia

Advised on its $463m takeover bid for AWE Limited, including performing oil and gas due diligence and reviewing its gas offtake arrangements.

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Beach Energy

Advised on its merger with ASX-listed Drillsearch Energy Limited to create a business with a market capitalisation of A$1.19 billion. This deal was a finalist for 2017 Energy and Resources Deal of the Year at the Australasian Law Awards.