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Andrew Nealon

Andrew Nealon Partner, Energy Transactions & Projects

Andrew advises on project development and finance, primarily in the energy and infrastructure sectors. He has extensive experience in engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contracts.

Experience Highlights

  • 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 $6 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 of the approximately $4 billion Surgil upstream gas and petrochemicals project and the Asian Development Bank, KEXIM, and KSure-led financing thereof; 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
  • Uzbekistan GTL on the construction, development and financing of a $3.6 billion gas to liquids project in the Kashkadarya Region, close to Karshi, in the Republic of Uzbekistan. This project is financed by or under the cover of several export credit agencies, development banks and commercial banks, including China Development Bank, KEXIM, KSure, EXIAR and Gazprombank
  • A joint venture between SOCAR Turkey Enerji A. Ş. and a subsidiary of BP plc on the proposed development and financing of a $1.8 billion petrochemical industrial complex in Turkey on the Aegean Sea
  • SOCAR GPC on its proposed multibillion dollar development and financing of a gas processing plant and petrochemicals facility in Azerbaijan
  • Eurochem on the construction and financing of an approximately $1 billion dollar ammonia complex to be located within the existing Phosphorit industrial complex at Kingisepp in the Russian Federation
  • SOCAR Polymer on the approximately $800 million development and  financing of facilities for the production of polypropylene and high-density polyethylene in the Republic of Azerbaijan
  • Nauticol Energy on the financing and development of a methanol project in Alberta, Canada 
  • Nauticol Energy on the financing and development of the Becancour Methanol project in Quebec, Canada 
  • A Canada-based petrochemical company on the proposed development and financing of a $2 billion methanol production facility in Alberta 

Contact Details


T +44.20.7065.6025
20 Fenchurch Street
24th Floor
London EC3M 3BY
United Kingdom
Local time: 9:24 PM
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Andrew's Practices

  • Monash University, LL.B., 2001
  • Monash University, B.E. (Hons), 1997
  • Admitted to practice: Solicitor, England and Wales; Victoria, Australia
  • Legal 500 UK, London: Real Estate, Construction, 2015−2018
  • Legal 500 UK, Projects, Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas, 2017, 2018 and 2020
  • Selected to the London Super Lawyers list, Energy & Natural Resources, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2013 and 2015
  • Chambers UK, Leader in their Field, Projects, 2014
  • Chambers UK, Projects, 2014, 2019 and 2020
  • Chambers UK, Leader in their Field, Projects, 2013
  • Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards, Shortlisted for Construction Lawyer of the Year–UK, 2013

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