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Oil & Gas Contracts
Oil & Gas Contracts
Principles & Practice
ISBN:  9780414034426
Published by:  Sweet & Maxwell
General Editor:Peter Roberts
Publication Date:  22 Jul 2016
Subscription Information:  Non-Subscribable Product
Format:  Hardback
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A handbook covering the law of upstream, midstream and downstream petroleum contracts.

  • Covers standard industry documents covering providing the legal framework for upstream, midstream and downstream petroleum contracts, with accompanying commentary on their application to energy transactions and related matters
  • Looks at issues relating to mineral laws, including licences, and host government and inter-governmental agreements
  • Examines preliminary participation contracts, including agreements and concessions relating to confidentiality, area of mutual interest, joint study, joint bidding and joint wells; data trade and sharing contracts; and enforceability of reasonable endeavour and best endeavour covenants
  • Assesses model form joint operating agreements, including contents, accounting procedure, and trust deeds
  • Examines drilling, procurement and services contracts
  • Discusses the principles of unitisation and unitisation agreements, and considers pooling and other joint development options, pre-unit agreements, UUOA and JOA relationships, principles of petroleum lifting and commingling, balancing agreements, title interests, allocation and attribution/substitution agreements
  • Advises on petroleum management contracts including those for provision of petroleum processing and operational services; third party access to infrastructure, project structures for gas liquefaction and LNG regasification, contracts for terminal access and provision of services
  • Looks at project structures for gas liquefaction and LNG regasification, contracts for terminal access and provision of services
  • Deals with oil, gas and LNG sales contracts dealing in detail with their respective terms
  • Goes through shipping contracts, including ship leasing, time and voyage charter-party terms, contracts of affreightment and bills of lading
  • Addresses pipeline transportation contracts, looking at the transporter and shipper perspectives, pipeline system rules, sales and transportation contract interfaces, cross-border pipeline investment protection, agreements for pipeline crossing, proximity and tie-in, and pipeline capacity management agreements
  • Extends coverage to interest sale and purchase contracts, including asset exchange contracts, farm out and earn out agreements, addressing pre-emption, due diligence, representations and warranties
  • Features decommissioning and security contracts
  • Includes contractual clauses for the construction of petroleum infrastructure
  • Examines corporate and project finance agreements, taking into account contingent consideration, royalty deeds, volumetric production payments, reserves based lending agreements, debt prioritisation and security interests
  • Considers key corporate and social responsibility issues


General Connections:

  1. Upstream Concessions and Contracts
  2. Joint Study and Bid Agreements
  3. Joint Operating Agreements
  4. Unitisation and Redetermination
  5. Drilling and Service Contracts
  6. Petroleum Processing and Third Party Access
  7. Gas Storage
  8. Petroleum Pipeline Projects
  9. Crude Oil Sales and Trading Contracts
  10. Natural Gas Sales and Trading Contracts
  11. LNG Sales and Trading Contracts
  12. Shipping
  13. Mergers and Acquisitions
  14. Farmout Agreements
  15. Construction Contracts
  16. Financing
  17. Decommissioning
  18. Human Rights and the Social Licence to Operate

Peter Roberts
Peter is a partner with Orrick LLP, based in London, and has advised on upstream and midstream operations and development projects, acquisitions and divestments and gas and LNG trading arrangements (both in-house and in private practice) for more than 20 years.  Peter is also the author of three leading books (Gas and LNG Sales and Transportation Agreements (Sweet & Maxwell, 4th edition 2014); Joint Operating Agreements (Globe, 3rd edition 2015); Petroleum Contracts and English Law (OUP, 2nd edition 2016)).
Daniel Johnston
Daniel is the chairman of Daniel Johnston & Co., Inc., based in New Hampshire USA, and has worked with more than thirty international oil companies and forty governments in evaluating exploration and development risks and potential, advising on petroleum fiscal/contract analysis and design, negotiations and dispute resolution. He is author of over 100 articles on these subjects and his eight books are used as textbooks in over twenty universities worldwide.
Nadia Haghegh
Nadia is an in-house counsel with Repsol S.A.’s E&P legal team, based in Madrid, from where she advises on various oil and gas projects.  Nadia is currently focusing mainly on the company’s interests across Europe, Africa and Asia. Nadia has worked both in private practice and in-house (including in London and in Libya). 
Robin Carvell
Robin is senior legal counsel with PetroSaudi International (U.K.) Ltd, based in London, and focusing on project development and oilfield service contracting.  Robin has worked on a variety of oil and gas projects in private practice (where part of his time was spent working in Indonesia and on secondment to BG Group) and in house, including with Maersk Oil in Copenhagen.
Sean Rush
Sean is the owner of Spindletop Law, a law firm specialising in international oil and gas projects work with offices in New Zealand and London.  Sean has advised on a wide range of upstream oil and gas development, financing and construction projects in a number of jurisdictions.  Sean has also worked in private practice and in in-house roles, both commercially and legally, in several countries.
Eldi Beyers
Eldi is in-house legal counsel with Tullow Oil, based in London. Eldi has advised on a wide range of upstream oil and gas projects, construction projects and operational supply chain work, and currently advises on exploration, appraisal and development work in East Africa. Eldi has also worked in commercial roles for various operators and service companies in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Tony Hawkins
Tony is the general counsel and head of commercial for Sterling Energy plc, based in London, and is an energy lawyer with more than twenty years of experience, predominately in the oil and gas sector but also in relation to power, LNG and renewables projects. He has worked in private practice and in-house in Australia and the UK.
Craig Purdie
Craig is an associate with Dechert LLP, based in Dubai, and focuses his practice on upstream and midstream matters globally, including project development, contracting, and acquisitions and divestments.  Craig also has significant gas storage projects expertise, having spent a number of years advising a leading storage system operator on all aspects of its operations.
John Murray
John is the legal manager of the Falkland Islands Business Unit for Premier Oil plc, based in London and dealing with all legal matters relating to the exploration for, and development of, petroleum and supporting infrastructure assets in this new basin.  John began his career working on oil and gas projects in private practice in Aberdeen and has also worked in Hong Kong.
Hans von der Linde
Hans is a German lawyer who over 28 years has held a variety of legal and managerial positions with the Royal Dutch Shell Group (working in Germany, The Netherlands, China and the UK). From 2006 to 2015 Hans was the General Counsel for Shell's global downstream business.  Hans retired from Shell at the end of 2015 and has returned to private practice.
Ruchdi Maalouf
Ruchdi is the head of LNG supply and general counsel for Global Energy Investments, a company developing an integrated LNG import project in Pakistan, based in Singapore.  Ruchdi specialises in LNG trading and developments and upstream oil and gas, has worked in private practice and has also worked for the Korea Gas Corporation in South Korea and Yamal LNG in Russia in a legal and commercial capacity.
Sandra Sinclair-Hughes
Sandra is a partner with Clyde & Co, based in London, and specialises in projects and commercial contracts in the oil and gas and LNG sectors, and related project and other structured finance. Her particular area of expertise is in relation to floating oil and gas and LNG projects and other offshore energy projects, including agreements relating to the chartering of all vessel types.
Lisa O’Neill
Lisa O'Neill is a partner with McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP, based in London, and advises a diverse range of clients including major international and independent oil and gas companies, mining groups, corporates, private equity funds and financial investors on M&A, joint ventures, commercial contracts, disputes and other oil and gas related work. Lisa has also worked in Hong Kong, Moscow and New York, and undertook a long-term secondment to Shell. Lisa is admitted to practice in England and Wales.
Joanna Kay
Joanna is of counsel with Orrick LLP, based in London, and has advised on a wide range of international oil and gas transactions including in relation to upstream operations and development projects, acquisitions and divestments, gas and LNG trading arrangements and gas storage projects. Joanna has also previously worked as in-house counsel, with Tullow Oil plc.  She is admitted to practice in England and Wales.
Adam Constable QC
Adam is a QC with Keating Chambers in London and specialises in onshore and offshore construction, engineering, energy, shipbuilding and technology disputes along with professional negligence and insurance claims related to these sectors. Adam’s client base is both domestic and international, and he has extensive experience appearing in the UK and representing multi-national clients in front of tribunals constituted under numerous international arbitral rules. Adam is the general editor of Keating on Offshore Construction and Marine Engineering.
Abdul Jinadu
Abdul is a barrister with Keating Chambers in London and has extensive experience of a wide range of disputes and advisory work relating to infrastructure projects. Significant cases Abdul has been engaged in have involved oil and gas, facilities pharmaceutical plants, hospitals, mining, marine construction and local authority matters and other major construction projects.
Richard Cliff
Richard is the general counsel of FlowStream Commodities Ltd, based in Switzerland, and has over twenty years’ legal experience, much of it gained in the oil and gas sector. Prior to joining FlowStream (a stream capital provider to the energy sector) Richard worked in private practice. Richard’s experience includes M&A, securities transactions, private equity and private fund-raisings and upstream legal issues.
Marc Hammerson
Marc is a partner with Akin Gump LLP, based in London, and practices in M&A, joint ventures and project development in the energy industry, including upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas. Marc has been based in Dubai, London, Houston, Singapore and Tokyo and has authored and edited several books, including Upstream Oil & Gas (Globe, 2011), Oil & Gas Decommissioning (Globe, 2013), Oil & Gas M&A (Globe, 2014) and Oil & Gas in Africa (Globe, 2015).
Nicholas Antonas
Nicholas is an associate with Akin Gump LLP, based in London, and advises international energy companies, hedge funds, bondholders and lenders, primarily in relation to cross border mergers and acquisitions, project developments and restructurings. Nicholas has extensive experience advising on decommissioning matters, and has co-edited a text on the subject. 
Evita Rackow
Evita is an upstream lawyer at Shell, based in the UK, and focusing on exploration, business development, M&A and upstream and integrated gas projects. Evita began her career working in private practice in London and Paris and has also worked in-house with Hess and Premier Oil.  She has a background and interest in development, sustainability and human rights issues having lived in Brazil, Nicaragua and Ukraine.

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