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Construction & Engineering

The complexity, scale, and range of the construction and engineering matters that Vinson & Elkins handles is what distinguishes our dedicated Construction & Engineering team from other law firms. For example, in recent years, we have worked on the construction and engineering aspects of some of the world’s most dynamic and challenging high-profile projects, including the $5.25 billion Panama Canal expansion program, some of the world’s largest aluminum smelters and desalination plants, major off shore oil and gas developments, power and petrochemical plants, and rail projects. Our Construction lawyers include leading international arbitration practitioners, as well as EPC and FIDIC knowledge leaders. They are particularly well known and highly regarded for handling engineering disputes in relation to large on- and offshore energy projects.

Construction Industry Experience & Leadership

Our legal knowledge and experience are not limited to one side of the industry; rather, our lawyers have the broad perspectives and experience that come from advising all project participants. Our lawyers have represented project owners and developers, EPC and EPCM contractors, architects and engineers, major equipment suppliers, insurers, and subcontractors and governments. V&E has experience working on projects, including chemical, petrochemical, and other manufacturing and processing plants; onshore and offshore oil and gas facilities; FPSOs; refineries; desalination plants; pipelines; nuclear and fossil fuel plants; commercial projects; rail and marine infrastructure; multi-unit and single residential projects; and municipal enterprises, such as convention centers and roads.

We advise on the construction aspects of the whole life cycle of major projects, from procurement strategy, tender processes, and contract drafting and negotiation, to roles as project counsel when design and construction works are being implemented. When disputes become unavoidable, our lawyers have a truly outstanding track record of success, whether in international arbitration, litigation, before DABs and DRBs or in mediation and conciliation, and other forms of ADR.

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Practice Highlights

  • Representing the Panama Canal Authority in relation to the construction and engineering aspects of the $5.25 billion Panama Canal Expansion Program, including the procurement of the major Locks Contract (FIDIC Yellow Book based), the program manager’s appointment, and a number of technical and high-value disputes in DAB proceedings, ICC arbitration proceedings and related U.S. court proceedings
  • ChevronPhillips Chemical Company LLC on the development and financing of more than $1 billion petrochemical derivatives facilities in Saudi Arabia, including work on the related EPC contracts
  • Emirates Aluminium Company in connection with its construction, procurement, and technology arrangements for its 1.3 million tonnes per year aluminium smelter at Taweelah in Abu Dhabi, UAE, with a transaction value of approximately $6.4 billion
  • Dyno Nobel Inc. in the development of an $850 million anhydrous ammonia plant in Louisiana, including project development arrangements, real estate and environmental matters, and ammonia offtake
  • STAR Rafineri A.Ş. a subsidiary of the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (“SOCAR”) and its sponsors on the development and financing of a $5.65 billion greenfield oil refinery in Turkey on the Aegean Sea. This is the largest project financing in Turkey and involves the largest and most diverse group of ECAs for any multi-source financing in Turkey to date. The STAR project sets new benchmarks for project financings in Turkey in terms of amount and tenor of facilities. The Project won 10 awards including Infrastructure Journal’s “European Oil and Gas Deal of the Year 2014”
  • A joint venture among Korean Gas Corp (KOGAS), Lotte Chemical, STX Energy and Uzbekneftegas, on the development and the Asian Development Bank, KEXIM and KSure led financing of the approximately $4 billion Surgil upstream gas and petrochemicals project, Project Finance International's "Petrochemical Deal of the Year 2012", Infrastructure Journal's "Oil and Gas Deal of the Year 2013", The American Lawyer's "Global Finance Deal of the Year: Project Finance (Asia) 2014" and the largest project financing in Central Asia