Fast-growing Asian economies are increasingly turning to natural gas to produce the power they need to continue to develop. These Asian customers want stable, secure and long-term supplies. Gas producers in Canada have an abundant resource and are moving to supply growing global markets. Additional Canadian advantages include that British Columbia’s west coast is a full day or two less sailing time to key Asian ports than many competing export terminals.

Blakes brings a wealth of expertise in liquefied natural gas (LNG) project development. Our strong team has a depth of experience in each of the areas necessary for upstream and downstream LNG projects to be successful, including the coordination of the various complex parts of a multiparty LNG project, joint ventures, real estate, pipeline and maritime transportation, commercial LNG contracts, regulatory, First Nations, and financing. We have worked on a number of major projects around the world. The lead members of our respective practice areas for LNG projects are leaders in their fields and recognized by premier industry publications.

Representative Matters

  • Sinopec on its acquisition of a 15-per-cent interest in the proposed Pacific Northwest LNG project and all subsequent project development matters, including the negotiation of various natural gas/LNG value chain agreements.
  • Shell Canada Limited on the development and operation of the LNG Canada project, with partners Korea Gas Corporation, Mitsubishi Corporation and PetroChina Company Limited.
  • LNG Canada Development Inc. in connection with its arrangements with TransCanada Corporation to design, build, own and operate the proposed Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project (Coastal GasLink). The proposed project involves the construction and operation of an approximately 650 km natural-gas pipeline from the Groundbirch area near Dawson Creek, B.C., to the proposed LNG Canada LNG export facility near Kitimat, B.C. Coastal GasLink is subject to regulatory approvals and a final investment decision by LNG Canada.
  • National Thermal Power Corporation on its fuel procurement program through two international tenders, including drafting LNG sale and purchase, terminalling, and regasified LNG supply and pipeline gas sale and purchase agreements.
  • Mitsui & Co., Ltd. on its LNG joint venture with Fortis BC and NextEra Energy Canada, including all project development agreements, non-binding offtake arrangements, project structuring and First Nations matters.
  • Obtained approvals for PetroPlus’s acquisition, development and realization of the Keltic LNG project in Nova Scotia. Subsequently advised MapleLNG (a subsidiary of 4Gas BV, formerly PetroPlus International BV) in environmental and regulatory permitting advice, including the Termpol Process, and in obtaining approvals for its proposed acquisition, development and realization of the Maple LNG regasification project in Nova Scotia.
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  • ronet LNG on India's first successful LNG terminal and regasification project in Dahej, including LNG and gas purchase and sale agreements, equity, debt, shipping, port operations, insurance arrangements, and initial public offering
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  • roparco as lender for the financing of the extension of the Kochi LNG Terminal in India.
  • 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, Export-Import Bank of the United States, the International Finance Corporation, the Export-Import Bank of Korea and Servizi Assicurativi del Commerciao Estero SpA.
  • 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.



Members of our Energy group are recognized as leaders in the most recent editions of the following publications:

  • Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
  • Who’s Who Legal: Business
  • The Legal 500 Canada
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada



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