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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 within our LNG practice 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 regarding commercial LNG law. The lead members of our respective practice areas for LNG projects are leaders in their fields and recognized by premier industry publications.

Recent Experience
  • 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.

  • Shell Canada Energy on the purchase by Petronas-owned North Montney LNG Limited Partnership of a 25 per cent stake in the LNG Canada project JV from Shell, PetroChina Kitimat LNG Partnership and Kogas Canada LNG Ltd.

  • LNG Canada Ltd. on the development and operation of the LNG Canada project, with partners Shell Canada, Korea Gas Corporation, Mitsubishi Corporation and PetroChina Company Limited.

  • PetroPlus on obtaining approvals for its acquisition, development and realization of the Keltic Petrochemicals Inc. LNG project in Nova Scotia. Subsequently advised MapleLNG Limited (a subsidiary of 4Gas BV, formerly PetroPlus International B.V.) in environmental and regulatory permitting advice, including the Termpol Process, and obtaining approvals for its proposed acquisition, development and realization of the MapleLNG regasification project in Nova Scotia.

  • MapleLNG Limited (a subsidiary of 4Gas BV, formerly Petroplus International BV) on obtaining approvals for its proposed acquisition, development and realization of the MapleLNG regasification project in Goldboro, Nova Scotia.

  • Pembina Pipeline Corporation on its C$556-million acquisition of natural-gas-processing assets from, and related gas-processing arrangement with, Paramount Resources.

  • Mitsui & Co., Ltd. on its LNG joint venture with FortisBC and NextEra Energy Canada, including in respect of all project development agreements, non-­binding offtake arrangements, project structuring and First Nations matters.

  • Sinopec on its acquisition of a 15 per cent interest in the Pacific Northwest LNG project and all subsequent project development matters, including the negotiation of various natural gas/LNG value chain agreements.

  • Petronet 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.

  • A consortium consisting of Hunt Oil CompanyRepsol YPFSK Energy Co., Ltd. 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.

  • Proparco as lender for the financing of the extension of the Kochi LNG Terminal in India.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • A client involved in an East Coast LNG facility on environmental and regulatory permitting and the TERMPOL process.

Awards & Recognition

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