​From refineries and petrochemical plants to distributors, wholesalers and retail outlets, the downstream oil and gas sector plays a critical role in the energy industry. But refining and delivery operations present a host of challenges, including seasonality, scheduling challenges and supply chain issues, while projects are typically large, capital-intensive and subject to regulatory risk.
 
The Oil & Gas group at Blakes is ideally positioned to serve our clients in the downstream market. With global knowledge derived from 11 offices worldwide, we have provided strategic and tactical support on major groundbreaking energy projects in numerous international jurisdictions, including extensive expertise in the financing and development of international liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminals.
 
The downstream industry does not exist solely in a business environment, however, and levels of government play a key role in this sector. Thanks to our extensive on-the-ground experience acting for host governments and state-owned oil and gas companies, we also possess an in-depth understanding of how the business, government and legal environments intersect in this field.
 
The following are a few examples of how we have helped a deep and diverse client base that includes supermajors, other private oil and gas companies, and private and multilateral lenders.

Representative Matters
  • Advised Suncor Energy Inc. on its acquisition of a 50 per cent interest in the Fort Saskatchewan Ethylene Storage Limited Partnership operated by Dow Chemicals.
  • Advised Pembina Pipeline Corporation on the C$185-million purchase from NOVA Chemicals Corporation of a 50 per cent interest in the Fort Saskatchewan Ethylene Storage Limited Partnership
  • Advised Petronet with respect to its US$100-million financing from Proparco to finance a portion of the construction and placing into operation of the Kochi LNG (liquefied natural gas) terminal to process 2.5 MMTPA of LNG, expandable to 5 MMTPA of LNG. Other lenders to the project include the International Finance Corporation and the Asian Development Bank.
  • Acted for a consortium consisting of Hunt Oil Company, Repsol YPF, SK Energy and Marubeni Corporation (as financing counsel) on its equity investment in the Peru LNG project. The project achieved financial close with over US$2-billion in financing, including loans from the Inter-American Development Bank, the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the International Finance Corporation, the Export-Import Bank of Korea and Servizi Assicurativi del Commerciao Estero SpA. The Peru LNG project is the largest private-sector project, the largest direct foreign investment in Peru's history and Latin America's first LNG export project.
  • Acted for the LNG group of a major Japanese conglomerate on long-term LNG purchase and sale agreements from a Qatar-based LNG supplier and related project financing and charter agreements for LNG tankers.
  • Provided environmental and regulatory permitting advice to a client involved in an East Coast LNG facility, including advice on the TERMPOL process.
  • Represented Maple LNG (a subsidiary of 4Gas BV, formerly Petroplus International BV) in obtaining approvals for its proposed acquisition, development and realization of the Maple LNG regasification project in Goldboro, Nova Scotia.