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Douglas S. Bland

Douglas S. Bland Partner, Energy Transactions & Projects

For more than 30 years, Doug has engaged in a domestic and international business transactions practice that focuses on energy, project finance and development, mergers and acquisitions, and joint ventures. His experience covers a broad spectrum of energy-related matters within the upstream, midstream, downstream, and clean energy sectors.

Doug has experience in the electric power area, from project development (including natural gas, geothermal, hydroelectric, wind, solar, and coal) to acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and project financings involving power generation facilities, trading and marketing businesses, and service firms. He also has represented clients on a variety of transactions involving the midstream sector, including refining and petrochemicals; natural gas gathering, processing, storage and transportation; and oil and condensate transportation, storage and terminalling; as well as the upstream sector, including several large shale development joint ventures, and acquisitions and dispositions of oil and gas properties.

Doug currently serves as the Firm Hiring Partner.

Experience Highlights

  • A leading midstream company in a $11 billion drop down of its U.S. transmission, storage and liquids assets to its MLP 
  • Trafigura AG in the sale of a majority stake in its Corpus Christi Terminal and associated Eagle Ford assets in South Texas, and related joint ownership arrangements 
  • KNOC in its $1.55 billion joint venture to buy a stake in the liquids-rich Eagle Ford shale in Texas from Anadarko Petroleum, including subsequent sale of minority interest by KNOC to VOGO
  • Velocys plc in a joint venture with Waste Management, NRG Energy, and Ventech Engineers International to develop gas-to-liquids plants in the United States and other select geographies

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • SandRidge Energy in $1.12 billion sale of its Gulf of Mexico offshore and Gulf Coast assets to Fieldwood Energy, LLC
  • Summit Midstream Partners (Summit Investments), with affiliates of GSO Capital Partners and Bear Tracker Investments, in the $513 million acquisition of 100% equity interests in Bear Tracker Energy, a full-service midstream company
  • Royal Dutch Shell in its $4.7 billion acquisition of East Resources, a major owner of shale gas holdings in the northeast United States, from private investors
  • PAA Natural Gas Storage in the $750 million acquisition of a natural gas storage company in Mississippi
  • Direct Energy in separate acquisitions of the Bastrop Energy Center (540 MW), the Frontera Generating Facility (477 MW), and the Paris Energy Center (240 MW), three gas-fired, combined-cycle electric generating facilities
  • Duke Energy in the $685 million sale of substantially all of its natural gas and electric power trading book to Barclays Capital, and a separate $715 million sale of Cinegy’s trading and marketing business in the U.S. and Canada to Fortis
  • Huntsman International in the sale of its base chemicals and polymers business units to Flint Hills Resources
  • SandRidge Energy in its $1 billion sale and development joint venture with Repsol in the Mississippian Lime, and its $500 million sale and development joint venture with Atinum Partners in the Mississippian Lime

Project Development & Finance

  • Investment by Sundrop Fuels, a subsidiary of Chesapeake Energy, and ongoing development, financing, and construction of a $450 million advanced biofuels facility utilizing natural gas and biomass to produce drop-in transportation fuels
  • BG Group in the development of a multitrain, multibillion dollar LNG project in Lake Charles, Louisiana, including involvement in the feedstock, off-take, and other project-related agreements
  • Plains All American in its creation of a joint venture entity with a private equity fund and the acquisition by that entity of a natural gas storage facility in Michigan and a gas storage facility under development in Louisiana, followed by a $320 million project financing of the Louisiana facility that included a Term Loan B tranche and a Revolver Loan tranche (co-counsel)
  • NRG Energy in development and co-ownership arrangements for a 550 MW natural gas-fired power plant under construction at NRG’s Cedar Bayou Power Station in Texas
  • The governments of Curaçao and the Netherlands Antilles, and their subsidiaries, in the development, investment in, and project financing of a $212 million electric power, steam, potable water, and compressed air plant at the Isla Refinery in Curaçao (co-counsel for the development)
  • BG Group in a 20-year, 3.5 million tonnes per annum purchase and sale agreement for LNG to be produced at Cheniere Energy Partners’ Sabine Pass LNG terminal in Louisiana
  • A Danish wind turbine manufacturer in the development of the 280+MW King Mountain Wind Farm in Texas
  • eSolar in connection with a transaction with NRG Energy, Inc. for the development of three solar thermal power plants totaling up to 500 MW in the U.S

Joint Ventures

  • M3 Midstream LLC in the joint venture with affiliates of Chesapeake Midstream Development and EV Energy Partners to develop and operate natural gas gathering, compression, processing, fractionation, loading, and terminalling facilities in the Utica Shale
  • Copano Energy in its joint venture with Magellan Midstream to deliver condensate from the Eagle Ford Shale to Corpus Christi, Texas
  • 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
  • BP Alternative Energy North America, Inc. in its joint venture transaction with Clipper Windpower
  • A turbine erection contractor in several wind power projects in Texas, and in the creation of a joint venture to provide cranage services
  • Velocys in the creation of ventures to develop technology in various fields of use involving the energy and chemical businesses
  • Duke Energy in the creation of a joint venture and subsequent development of, a 600 MW combined-cycle merchant power plant in Arizona, including participating in the negotiation of the EPC, operation and maintenance, fuel supply, and electric power allocation agreements (co-counsel for the development)
  • Samsung Heavy Industries and Samsung Engineering in the creation of a joint venture entity with AMEC to carry out the design engineering for fixed and floating offshore platforms, FPSOs, and subsea pipelines


Contact Details

Houston

T +1.713.758.2498
F +1.713.615.5649
dbland@velaw.com
1001 Fannin Street
Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77002
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Doug's Practices

  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D. cum laude, 1984 (Order of the Coif; Contributing Editor, Michigan Law Review)
  • University of Virginia, B.A., Economics with high honors, 1981 (Phi Beta Kappa)
  • Admitted to practice: Texas
  • Chambers Global, Energy & Natural Resources (USA), 2014–2016; Energy: Oil & Gas (Transactions), 2012–2014 and 2017-2018; Projects, 2006, and 2009–2013
  • Chambers USA, Energy: Oil & Gas (Transactions), 2010–2015 and 2017−2018; Projects, 2008–2012
  • Legal 500 U.S., Project Finance, 2008, 2010, and 2013–2014; Energy Transactions, 2014–2015; Construction, 2014 and 2018
  • Who's Who Legal (Law Business Research Ltd.), Energy, 2013–2016; Project Finance, 2007–2008, and 2014–2017
  • The International Who’s Who of Project Finance Lawyers (Law Business Research Ltd.), 2010–2013
  • The International Who’s Who of Oil and Gas Lawyers (Law Business Research Ltd.), 2007, 2010–2011, and 2013
  • Legal Media Group’s (Euromoney’s) Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Energy and Natural Resource Lawyers, 2007–2013
  • Legal Media Group’s (Euromoney’s) Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Banking, Financial and Transactional Law Lawyers, 2013
  • LMG Cleantech & Renewable Energy, Cleantech 100, 2013
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (Woodward/White, Inc.), Corporate Law, 1995–2017; Energy Law, 2006–2017; Project Finance Law, 2006–2017; Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2007–2017
  • Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2003–2017