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Luke Westmore

Partner
+61.3.9205.2107
Fax +61.3.9205.2055

Mr. Westmore has over 17 years' experience in complex energy and infrastructure projects.

In addition to his expertise in drafting and negotiating EPC agreements, power purchase agreements, connection agreements and operation and maintenance agreements, he has extensively advised on non-recourse or limited recourse project finance documentation.

His clients include sponsors, lenders, contractors and government agencies on a wide variety of energy and infrastructure projects including wind farms, solar projects, hydroelectric projects, power stations, highways, airports and the development of oil and gas fields across Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe, the United States and the Middle East.

Mr Westmore has extensive experience in the renewable energy sector and is acknowledged as one of Australia’s leading renewable energy lawyers.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Westmore was a partner and special counsel in leading global and national law firms. Mr. Westmore has also been a General Counsel at a leading Australian renewable energy developer and has advised on many landmark renewable energy deals in Australia and internationally across a broad range of technologies.

Achievements

  • Chambers Asia Pacific - Infrastructure, Recognised Partner, 2019
  • Legal 500 – Recommended lawyer for Project Development, 2018
  • Lawyers Weekly 'Partner of the Year Projects, Energy and Resources' finalist, 2017
  • Australasian Lawyer 'Hotlist', 2016

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Law Institute of Victoria

Speaking Engagements

Mr. Westmore regularly speaks at conferences and conducts client workshops. Examples of recent speaking engagements include:
  • Japan Overseas Institute 2018: Key Issues for Offshore Wind Power
  • International Project Finance Association 2017: Renewable Energy Projects Negotiation Workshop.
  • Australian Clean Energy Summit 2016: Solar Financing
  • Australian Wind Energy Conference 2012: Overview of the South African Renewable Energy Program
Experience gained prior to joining K&L Gates includes:

Renewable Energy
  • Advising Elecnor on the following:
    • their AUD100 million Barcaldine solar photovoltaic project in Queensland
    • on the sale of the Barcaldine I project; and
    • on the AUD300 million Bungala One and Bungala Two Solar Projects.
  • Advised a joint venture between ESCO and Palisade on the 148MW Ross River solar PV project, the largest single stage solar project in Australia.
  • Advising Epuron and Green Island Power on the sale of the Clermont, Nevertire and Walgett solar projects.
  • Advising Windlab in relation to:
    • the development of the AUD60 million Kiata wind farm including drafting and advising on the EPC and WOM, preparing due diligence report and advising on finance structure. This was the first project to reach financial close under the Victorian Government scheme of purchasing Large Scale Generation Certificates
    • the development of the AUD40 million Coonooer wind farm (Windlab's first development project in Australia)
    • the ARENA Funding Agreement for the Kennedy Energy Park
    • on its bid to develop the 140MW Msenge Emoyeni Wind Farm Project as part of Round 4 of the REIPP including drafting the EPC and WOM. This will extend to negotiating the full suite of project finance documentation.
  • Advising RATCH on the AUD500 million Mt Emerald wind farm project in Queensland. When built this will be the largest renewable energy project in Queensland.
  • Advising RATCH on the AUD400 million Collector wind farm project in New South Wales.
  • Advising Future Energy on the development of the Maroona wind farm.
  • Advising ARENA on the Cookshire solar project.
  • Advising a syndicate of lenders in respect of the AUD160 million refinancing of the Wattle Point wind farm.
  • Advising the developer, Cennergi (a joint venture between Tata Power and Exxaro Resources Limited), on the 95MW Tsitsikamma Wind Farm in South Africa.
  • Advised the lenders, Nedbank and Standard Bank, on the project documents for the 80MW Kouga Wind Farm in South Africa.
  • As General Counsel of Roaring 40s advised on the construction, financing and operation contracts for many wind farms in Australia including the 168MW Musselroe wind farm, the 111 MW Waterloo wind farm numerous wind farms in China including the Shuangliao and Rongcheng wind farms.
  • Acting for the borrower on the financing of the AUD872 million Bujagali hydroelectric project in Uganda including reviewing and advising on project finance documentation.
  • As General Counsel of Roaring 40s advised on many wind farms in Australia including the 168 MW Musselroe wind farm, the 111 MW Waterloo wind farm and the Shuangliao and Rongcheng wind farms in China.

Gas
  • Advising a leading international energy company on a Gas Haulage Capacity Agreement in respect of gas capacity on the Port Campbell to Adelaide gas pipeline.
  • Advising a leading international energy company on the Gas Access and Transportation Agreement in respect of gas transportation on the Moomba to Adelaide Pipeline.
  • Acting for the Lender of a US$25 million loan for the development of oil and gas fields in Poland. This was the first onshore gas project financing in Poland.
  • Acting for the financiers in the AUD210 million financing of the construction of five gas fired power stations in Western Australia.
  • Acting for the Lenders in a bid to build, own and operate a AUD500 million gas pipeline in northern Australia.
  • Acting for the purchaser of an equity interest in one of the world’s largest LNG projects, the AUD5.8 billion Qatargas 3 project.

Roads
  • Advising the Lenders in respect of a bid for the for the AUD1.6 billion Toowoomba Second Range Crossing project.
  • Advising the Lenders on IFMs bid for the AUD7 billion Queensland Motorway toll assets. \
  • Advising the existing Lenders on the AUD210 million Section 18 Cross Israel Highway Toll Road.
  • Acting for a Consortium on its bid to design, construct, operate, maintain and toll the AUD2.5 billion Mitcham to Frankston Freeway.

Other Infrastructure
  • Advising the Sponsor on the AUD600 million Northern Beaches hospital PPP.
  • Acting for the Borrower on the financing of the AUD600 million Seacom undersea fibre optic cable system, which directly connects South Africa and eastern Africa with Europe and southern Asia.
  • Acting for the Lenders of a AUD170 million loan for a float glass plant in Russia.
  • Acting for the Lenders on the Tbilisi International Airport in Georgia.
  • Acting for the sponsors on the £963 million refinancing of the Skynet satellite project.