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Midstream Oil & Gas

Energy – Midstream Oil & Gas

Vinson & Elkins has one of the most prominent Midstream Oil & Gas legal practices in the United States. Our lawyers have leading experience in joint venture development, master limited partnerships (MLPs), public and private placements of debt and equity securities, private equity, construction and related contracts, operating and maintenance agreements, midstream commercial agreements, environmental regulation, project development, project finance, tax, civil litigation, mergers and acquisitions, and antitrust.

V&E lawyers have advised on 67% of all natural resource and real estate MLP IPOs completed in the last decade, and continue to represent a large number of midstream MLPs in their ongoing strategic transactions. 

The V&E Regulatory team has extensive experience representing developers of oil and gas infrastructure in obtaining necessary Federal Energy Regulator Commission (FERC) approvals. We represent both developers and customers in negotiating project agreements for service on such facilities and in subsequent litigation at FERC regarding rates and terms of service.

Our project and mergers and acquisitions experience within the past five years includes greenfield and expansion projects for gas gathering systems (including compressors); gas fractionation, processing and treatment plants; NGL, condensate and crude oil gathering and transportation (rail, truck and pipeline) facilities; condensate splitters, NGL, condensate and crude oil terminals and docks; storage facilities; and LNG export and import terminals.

Outside the United States, V&E represents clients on major domestic and cross-border projects involving pipeline and related midstream infrastructure, including upstream oil and gas developments, LNG export and import terminals, and petrochemical and refining facilities. The geographies we work in are diverse, having advised on pipeline developments and related infrastructure in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Southeast Asia.

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Practice Highlights

  • BP Midstream Partners LP in its $765 million initial public offering of common units 
  • Oasis Midstream Partners LP in its $147 million initial public offering of common units
  • Underwriters to Antero Midstream GP LP in its $875 million initial public offering of common units by a selling securityholder
  • Underwriters to Noble Midstream Partners LP in its $323 million initial public offering of common units 
  • EagleClaw Midstream in its $182 million acquisition of gas-related midstream assets, including long-term future gathering and processing rights, in the Permian Basin from PDC Energy 
  • Summit Midstream in the $90 million sale of Tioga Midstream, a non-core gathering system in North Dakota, to affiliates of Hess Infrastructure Partners 
  • Plains All American Pipeline in the formation of Wink to Webster Pipeline, a joint venture with ExxonMobil and Lotus Midstream for a crude oil pipeline in Texas from Wink to Webster
  • Quantum Energy Partners and Post Oak Energy Capital in the approximately $3.6 billion agreement to sell substantially all of the assets of Oryx Southern Delaware Holdings and Oryx Delaware Holdings to funds managed by Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners 
  • Noble Midstream Partners in the formation of Black Diamond Gathering, LLC, a joint venture with Greenfield Midstream, LLC, to acquire Saddle Butte Rockies Midstream, LLC for $625 million 
  • EagleClaw Midstream Ventures, a portfolio company of Blackstone Energy Partners, in a joint venture with Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, to construct and own the approximately $2 billion Permian Highway Pipeline Project 
  • DCP Midstream and Targa Resources in the formation of Gulf Coast Express, a joint venture with Kinder Morgan, to construct, operate and own the Gulf Coast Express Pipeline that will transport up to 1.98 Bcf/d of natural gas from the Permian Basin to the Agua Dulce, Texas
  • Plains All American Pipeline in the formation of Red Oak Pipeline, a 50/50 joint venture with Phillips 66 to develop and operate the approximately $2.5 billion Red Oak Pipeline system 
  • Tortoise Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, in its $233 million initial public offering of units 
  • Blackstone Infrastructure Partners in the $3.3 billion acquisition of a controlling interest in Tallgrass Energy
  • Targa Resources Corp. in its $6.7 billion acquisition of Targa Resources Partners in an all stock-for-unit transaction
  • Pioneer Natural Resources in the $2.15 billion sale of EFS Midstream, an Eagle Ford Shale midstream company jointly owned with Reliance Holding USA, Inc., to Enterprise Products Partners 
  • Energy XXI in the $245 million sale leaseback with CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust Inc. of the Grand Isle Gathering System, a subsea pipeline system with related onshore facilities serving oil-producing fields in the shallow portion of the GOM
  • Underwriters to PennTex Midstream Partners, LP in its $238 million initial public offering of common units
  • SemGroup Corporation in connection with commercial product transportation and construction arrangements for the development, ownership and operation of three new pipelines in the U.S. Gulf Coast region of Louisiana, collectively named the Maurepas Pipelines, with a total capital cost of approximately $500 million 
  • Energy Transfer Partners in the $1.2 billion joint venture with Kinder Morgan to develop a 187-mile interstate natural gas pipeline originating in the Fayetteville shale
  • Columbia Pipeline Partners LP in its $1.2 billion initial public offering of common units
  • Underwriters to Shell Midstream Partners, L.P. in its $1.1 billion initial public offering of common units
  • Antero Midstream Partners LP in its $1.15 billion initial public offering of common units