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Project Development

Developers and investors call upon Vinson & Elkins’ project lawyers to advise on all phases of the development process, from initial project contract preparation and negotiation through siting and permitting, financing, construction, and operation. Our lawyers are intimately familiar with the entire package of agreements required to implement a project.

The V&E team particularly excels in complex infrastructure and energy projects, including cross-border development and finance. We bring to bear a strong understanding of key issues in such transactions and experience in assessing and managing execution risk.

V&E lawyers frequently assist in the development of standard form subcontracts and purchase orders, and the development of warranty models to ensure appropriate warranty protection (and related assignments) upon completion of the project.

V&E’s services encompass a broad spectrum of project development, including:

  • site acquisition and leasing
  • front-end engineering and design
  • engineering, procurement, and construction
  • construction management
  • process and technology licensing
  • equipment supply
  • feedstock supply
  • offtake sales and marketing
  • asset management
  • operation and maintenance
  • joint development and shareholder arrangements
  • government support

Experience Highlights

  • Goldman Sachs’ Alternative Energy Investing Group in the formation of a joint venture with TELOS Clean Energy to develop, construct, own, and operate distributed solar power projects

  • Noble Energy, Inc. as project counsel in the development of the Leviathan natural gas field in offshore Israel, including the development, construction and financing of a 2.1 Bcf/d natural gas production platform and associated subsea and tie-back facilities

  • GTL Americas as project counsel to the Arkansas GTL Project, a $3.5 billion landmark gas-to-liquids project in Arkansas

  • 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

  • Texas Central Partners as project counsel in the development of a high speed rail project between Houston and Dallas 

  • Gulf Coast Ammonia as project counsel in the development and financing of a world-scale ammonia project in Texas 

  • 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 

  • CenterPoint Properties Trust in all aspects of the development, and pending $240 million plus sale to Arc Logistics Partners LP and GE Energy Financial Services, of a crude oil unloading terminal in Joliet, Illinois

  • Dyno Nobel Inc. in all aspects of the development of an $850 million anhydrous ammonia plant in Louisiana, one of the first ammonia plants to be built in the United States in twenty years

  • Noble Energy in the development of a FPSO project in the Eastern Mediterranean, including negotiating EPC contract for the conversion of a tanker to an FPSO vessel 

  • A large international energy company in the formation of a 50/50 joint venture and the development of an ethylene cracker with an estimated capacity of 544,000 metric tons/yr (1.2 billion lbs/year); the project is anticipated to have a capital cost of approximately $1.5 billion

  • Mubadala Development Company in the $18 billion development and construction aspects of an aluminum smelter (EMAL Aluminium Smelter Project at Al Taweelah in Abu Dhabi); the world’s largest greenfield aluminum smelter

  • 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

  • Santos Limited in the $18.5 billion joint venture with Petronas, TOTAL, and KOGAS, for the development of a two-train greenfield LNG facility in Queensland, Australia, including the negotiation of long-term LNG off-take agreements

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