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Energy – Renewable Fuels

Vinson & Elkins represents refiners, developers, investors and technology companies in renewable fuel transactions, regulatory matters, projects and financings around the globe. V&E lawyers have a deep understanding of the market conditions and issues involved in the renewable fuels sector, distinguishing us from competitors.

Drawing on our market-leading experience in the renewables, downstream, chemical and infrastructure sectors, V&E’s multi-disciplinary team provides comprehensive service to our renewable fuel clients on all phases and aspects of their transactions and projects. Our lawyers routinely advise on financing, mergers & acquisitions, development, tax, intellectual property, environmental and regulatory matters related to renewable fuel projects and assets.

Experience Highlights

  • Sundrop Fuels, a subsidiary of Chesapeake Energy, in its investment in, and ongoing development, financing, and construction of, a $450 million, 50,000 barrel per day advanced biofuels facility utilizing natural gas and biomass to produce drop-in transportation fuels

  • Private developer as project counsel in all aspects of the development and project financing of a renewable diesel production facility with a nameplate capacity of 100 million gallons annually to be located on the Texas Gulf Coast, including the negotiation of hydrogen supply agreements

  • BioFields SAPI de CV in its joint venture with Kaiima Bio-Agritech for the development of castor seed genetics for use in the production of castor oil feedstock to supply a planned biorefinery in Mexico

  • Aurora Biofuels/Aurora Algae in the development of a commercial scale algae-to-fuel biorefinery in Western Australia, including negotiation of CO2 supply agreements, seawater access agreements, and EPC contracts

  • ING (U.S.) Capital LLC in the project financing of an 88 million gallon per year soybean biodiesel plant and related facilities in Indiana, including a construction loan, term loan, and borrowing base working capital facility

  • A Mexican biofuels company in a biofuels joint venture to develop technology for using castor oil as a feedstock for the production of synthetic lubricants and lubricant basestocks, including related licensing matters

  • TPG Capital in its $345 million joint venture with Italy-based Gruppo Mossi & Ghisolfi to explore and promote a break-through technology to produce biofuels

  • Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures in its investment in the $20 million Series D Preferred Stock financing of Rive Technology, a provider of innovative materials-based solutions for catalytic and separations processes in the petroleum refining, chemicals, water and biofuels industries

  • Riverstone Holdings in its investment in Intrinergy (now Enviva), a manufacturer of processed biomass fuel in the United States and Europe

  • A petroleum refining company in advice related to the utilization of excise tax credits for a new renewable diesel unit

  • Velocys in a landfill biomass-to-liquids joint venture

  • Reliance Industries Limited in connection with its $90 million investment in a company developing biofuels in the United States

  • Assisted in advising a national trade association in connection with waiver provisions under the EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard

  • Advising LNG producer on the generation of credits under the Renewable Fuel Standard in connection with production of renewable natural gas

  • Commodity trading group in the acquisition of retail renewable compressed natural gas fueling stations

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