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Steven C. Sparling


Developing LNG strategy options for oil and gas companies, project developers and financial institutions.
Analyzing and advising major concerns on the viability of LNG projects in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe.
Advising state and national government officers on LNG project development.

Project Development

Advising oil and gas companies, financial institutions, utilities, shipping companies and project developers on large and small scale LNG liquefaction projects in Africa, Australia, Europe and North America.
Counseling project developers, oil and gas companies, shipping companies, trading companies and utilities on the development of onshore and offshore regasification terminal projects in the Americas and Europe, including site assessments, waterway suitability, environmental issues, regulatory processes and commercial agreements.
Counseling project developers on LNG delivery systems and operations.
Advising shipping companies, a cruise ship company and a bunker fuel company on small-scale LNG and LNG bunkering projects, including regulatory requirements.
Counseling major companies on LNG liquefaction and regasification terminal safety, security and operations.
Developing LNG stakeholder engagement strategies for major concerns.
Advising project developers and terminal users on LNG liquefaction and regasification terminal services agreements.
Advising a multinational power company on US offshore wind projects.

Terminal Access

Negotiating and drafting terminal use, refining and throughput agreements for European and North American LNG, LPG and oil terminals for IOCs, NOCs, shipping companies, trading companies, financial institutions, utilities, and project developers.
Advising major concerns on interruptible and third-party access to LNG terminals in the Americas, Asia and Europe.
Counseling major concerns on rights and obligations under governing regulations, contracts, settlements and terminal procedures.
Advising major concerns on LPG, crude oil and oil product terminal agreements.

Supply and Services Agreements

Negotiating and drafting over 200 master, long-term and short-term CNG, LNG, LPG, oil and products sales and purchase agreements for buyers and sellers.
Acting as internal counsel for LNG trading groups at an integrated energy company and two trading companies.
Leading workshops to train commercial teams at IOCs, NOCs, financial institutions, trading companies, utilities and end-users on sale and purchase agreements.
Negotiating and drafting onshore and offshore oil field, LNG, LPG and wind services contracts for major concerns.
Advising major concerns on LNG price review clauses and arbitrations.

Multiple Shipper

Analyzing and modeling multiple-user terminal operations for major concerns.
Negotiating and implementing complex intershipper agreements that address LNG vessel schedules, inventory management, as well as storage and send-out coordination.
Developing multiple-shipper vessel scheduling procedures.


Drafting and negotiating bareboat, time and voyage charterparties for turbine installation vessels as well as LNG, LPG, crude oil and product tankers.
Advising master limited partnership on the acquisition of an inland marine business.
Counseling major concerns about LNG, oil and products lightering and barging.
Negotiating and drafting tug services and cost-sharing agreements at numerous LNG terminals. 
Drafting marine operations manuals at 5 LNG terminals for import and export operations.
Advising major concerns on the coordination of shipping schedules and operations at Asian, European and North American LNG terminals.

Emergency Response

Acting as the lead counsel for the internal investigation team at Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling Inc. on the 2010 Macondo Well oil spill in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
Advising a shipping company on a terminal oil spill and a marine spill and serving as part of its emergency response team.
Advising a global commodities trading company and serving as part of its emergency response team for several marine oil spills.
Drafting emergency response plans for a national oil company, commodities traders and a New England state for oil, oil products, LPG and LNG stored and transported both onshore and offshore.
Preparing and executing tabletop exercises and day-long incident drills for oil companies, commodities traders and ship operators.

Safety and Security

Advising a New England governor and state agencies concerning LNG issues, including state emergency response plans, consequence assessments, FERC proceedings, and U.S. Coast Guard evaluation of safety and security.
Representing LNG terminal stakeholders in U.S. Coast Guard procedures to develop safety and security plans for numerous U.S. LNG terminals.
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