Energy - Midstream

Energy - Midstream

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Our energy and infrastructure practices represent clients in the midstream sector, including producers, pipelines, gathering companies, processors, treaters, storage companies and industrial end-users in all aspects of crude oil, natural gas, and refined products transportation and storage. Our attorneys regularly handle acquisitions and divestitures of pipelines and related assets and equity interests for midstream projects, including:

  • Greenfield development of pipelines and gathering systems
  • Greenfield development of natural gas storage facilities, both in depleted reservoirs and salt features
  • Acquisitions and divestitures of pipelines, gathering systems and processing plants
  • Acquisitions and divestures of natural gas storage facilities and storage companies
  • Asset “drop downs” for midstream MLP transactions
  • Acquisitions and divestitures of crude oil and refined product pipelines and terminating facilities
  • Acquisitions, divestures and financing of LNG facilities

We also assist clients with the negotiating and drafting the operational contracts relevant to the pipeline industry, including:

  • Negotiation and drafting of purchase and sale agreements for gathering systems, natural gas and product pipelines and terminal facilities, processing and treating facilities, natural gas storage facilities and LNG facilities.
  • Negotiation and drafting of purchase and sale agreements for controlling and non-controlling equity interests in companies owning and operating gathering systems, natural gas and product pipelines and terminal facilities, processing and treating facilities, natural gas storage facilities and LNG facilities.
  • Negotiation and drafting of organizational documents for the formation of joint ventures to design, construct, own, manage and operate gathering systems, natural gas and product pipelines and terminal facilities, processing and treating facilities, natural gas storage facilities and LNG facilities.
  • Negotiation and drafting of agreements used in the marketing, pipeline and storage industries to service customers, including firm and interruptible transportation agreements, ship-or-pay agreements, interconnect agreements, ISDA derivative agreements, easements, rights of way, NAESBs and custom natural gas purchase and sale agreements, master natural gas storage agreements, tolling agreements, parking, wheeling and loaning agreements and hub services agreements.
  • Negotiation and drafting of gathering, transportation, processing, treating and fractionation agreements from natural gas, crude oil, condensate, plant products, refined products and specialty chemicals.
  • Negotiation and drafting of physical marketing and derivative contracts for crude oil, natural gas, condensate and refined products.
  • Negotiation and drafting of production handling agreements, tie back agreements and platform use agreements unique to offshore contexts.
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 Midstream

Pipelines and Gathering Systems

  • Representation of Petrohawk Energy in the formation of a $1.75B joint venture with major gas transportation company to own and operate Haynesville gas gathering system, including gas gathering agreement with long term dedication of gas reserves to system.
  • Representation of management group of Azure Midstream Energy in the $910 million acquisition of TGGT Holdings, a joint venture between EXCO Resources Inc. and BG Group PLC, with the backing of Energy Spectrum Capital.
  • Representation of Enbridge in acquisition of Eaglebine gathering system and negotiation of long-term gathering agreement.
  • Representation of the management team of Canyon Midstream Partners in connection with the formation and initial capitalization of $300 million of capital from Kayne Anderson Capital.
  • Representation of Five Point Capital Partners and GSO Capital in acquisition of 50% interest in Twin Eagle Resource Management, a midstream logistics company in the U.S. Rocky Mountains.

Natural Gas Storage

  • Representation of renewable energy company in the acquisition of Freebird Gas Storage facility in Lamar County, Alabama and Caledonia Gas Storage Facility in Lowndes County, Mississippi.
  • Representation of renewable energy company in the greenfield development of the WAHA Gas Storage facility in Reeves County, Texas.
  • Representation of a pipeline company in the divestiture of its lease of the Napoleonville #13 and #14 (a part of the Bridgeline Systems) storage caverns in Louisiana from Dow Chemical and its sale of the pad gas to Gulf South.

Traditional Midstream Experience

  • Formation of joint ventures to design, construct, own, manage and operate natural gas storage facilities, gathering systems, natural gas and product pipelines and terminal and loading facilities, processing and treating facilities, and LNG facilities.
  • Negotiation and drafting of purchase and sale agreements for natural gas storage facilities, gathering systems, natural gas and product pipelines and terminal and loading facilities, processing and treating facilities, and LNG facilities.
  • Negotiation and drafting of purchase and sale agreements for controlling and non-controlling equity interests in companies owning and operating natural gas storage facilities, gathering systems, natural gas and product pipelines and terminal and loading facilities, processing and treating facilities, and LNG facilities.
  • Negotiation and drafting of agreements used in the marketing, pipeline and storage industries to service customers, including master natural gas storage agreements, firm and interruptible transportation agreements, ship-or-pay agreements, interconnect agreements, ISDA derivative agreements, easements, rights of way, NAESBs and custom natural gas purchase and sale agreements, tolling agreements, parking, wheeling and loaning agreements and hub services agreements.
  • Regulatory and environmental compliance matters related to pipelines, processing facilities, storage facilities and terminal and loading facilities.
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