• Share
  • Email
  • Print

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) has been a vital element of the global energy economy for decades. However, recent increases in global oil and gas development coupled with the environmental advantages associated with use of natural gas as a feedstock and fuel have propelled LNG to the status of a global commodity.

LNG now commands the attention of investors, infrastructure developers, commodity traders, policy makers, and elected officials. Technological advances have led to the exploration and production of vast quantities of unconventional natural gas deposits in the United States and all over the world – fundamentally reshaping the global natural gas industry as the United States is poised to become one of the world’s largest exporters of LNG. Similar unconventional natural gas discoveries in Australia have led to massive investment in exploration and production and to the development of multiple LNG export projects that will compete with the United States to serve the Asian and European markets. New discoveries and projects in regions like East Africa are poised to challenge the dominance of traditional LNG exporters and the new market position of the United States and Australia.

K&L Gates advises participants around the globe on the full spectrum of legal services related to the exploration, production, liquefaction, storage, transportation, regasification, sale, and purchase of natural gas and LNG. Our deep experience encompasses the project financing, development, construction, and operation of LNG liquefaction and regasification terminals; sale and purchase agreements for both LNG and natural gas; maritime port and rail construction, development, and agreements; marine operations; ship financings; policy, compliance, and regulatory matters, including import and export licensing, pipeline permitting and construction, environmental, safety and security issues; and contract disputes. We have significant experience drafting and negotiating natural gas supply agreements and structuring alternative transportation agreements including the use of Asset Management Arrangements (AMAs); agreements for upstream natural gas pipeline capacity; LNG terminal capacity agreements, on both the import and export side; multiple shipper operations coordination agreements; and marine services agreements, such as tug services contracts and marine terminal manuals.

Lawyers from our energy, maritime, regulatory, environmental, project finance, construction, public-private partnerships, public policy, and corporate practices work seamlessly across the firm’s global platform to provide services from project concept to completion and throughout the operational life span of LNG facilities.

Global Client Base
Our clients include international oil companies (IOCs), national oil companies (NOCs), trading houses, LNG exporters and importers, cooperatives, utilities, pipeline companies, investors, lenders and host governments, upstream and downstream project developers, terminal operators, and capacity holders, as well as contractors and suppliers to the global LNG industry. Our team has worked on LNG matters spanning the globe, with involvement in a range of matters in Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States.

Industry Depth
Our years of experience in the LNG field provide unique insight to the economic underpinnings of transactions and to the contractual, regulatory, financial, and risk framework at issue in the permitting and operation of LNG projects. For decades, the lawyers at K&L Gates have been at the forefront of global LNG issues, regularly writing and speaking on LNG issues for legal and business audiences. We offer deep experience in all facets of the LNG industry:

  • Upstream feed gas and transportation;
  • Exports and liquefaction;
  • Supply and capacity agreements;
  • Vessel transportation;
  • Imports and regasification.

Combined with our substantial experience in upstream unconventional development, midstream gas gathering, pipelines, and storage, our team offers unparalleled depth in the industry.

Areas of Practice

NameTitleOfficeContact
Partner
P +65.6507.8125
Partner
P +65.6507.8113
Special Counsel
P +61.2.9513.2515
Associate
P +1.305.539.3305
Staff Lawyer
P +1.843.579.5641
Partner
P +1.206.370.6791
Senior Government Affairs Specialist
P +1.202.778.9287
Associate
P +1.617.951.9190
Partner
P +1.412.355.6767
Partner
P +1.412.355.6260
Partner
P +1.202.778.9178
Government Affairs Counselor
P +1.202.778.9374
Partner
P +81.3.6205.3616
Partner
P +44.(0)20.7360.8246
Practice Area Leader - Energy, Infrastructure and Resources
P +1.202.778.9085
Senior Associate
P +44.(0)20.7360.8150
Partner
P +65.6507.8105
Partner
P +1.206.370.7631
Managing Partner, Harrisburg Office
P +1.717.231.4509
Practice Area Leader - Policy / Regulatory
P +1.202.778.9014
Counsel
P +81.3.6205.3605
Partner
P +1.212.536.4810
Partner
P +1.412.355.6219
Showing 11-20 of 21 results
< Previous   1 | 2 | 3   Next >
Represent a Japanese insurer in connection with its provision of commercial and political risk insurance to the lenders in a limited recourse LNG ship finance transaction
Representation of a major Asian NOC on all commercial, operational and regulatory matters associated with acquisition of LNG export capacity at the Cove Point LNG terminal in Maryland
Representation of a major international LNG importer to the United States in natural gas interchangeability proceedings on multiple interstate pipelines and in defense against allegations of infrastructure harm
Representation of a major IOC in all regulatory and commercial matters associated with acquisition of LNG export and pipeline transportation capacity at the Elba Island LNG terminal in Georgia
Representation of a major IOCs, NOCs, utilities and commodity groups at financial institutions on the acquisition of LNG import and export terminal capacity in the United States, Europe and the Caribbean
Representation of major IOCs, NOCs, utilities and commodity groups at financial institutions on multiple user coordination issues and agreements at over 10 LNG terminals in the Pacific market, the United States and Europe
Representation of project developers on the development of a floating LNG facilities in Italy, Puerto Rico and Jamaica
Representation of the government in the development agreement between the State of Western Australia and Chevron as joint venture operator providing for the AUD 29 billion Wheatstone LNG Project in Australia
Representation of the Government of the Province of New Brunswick, Canada, on LNG and natural gas matters, including participation in proceedings at U.S. FERC and PHMSA related terminal and pipeline safety issues
Representation of the lenders in the Sakhalin 2 project, the first offshore LNG gas project in Russia