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Our energy team provides specialist advice across a broad range of energy issues. Our clients include oil and gas companies (production and exploration) and energy (electricity and gas) distribution companies.

Auld Brewer Mazengarb & McEwen were closely involved with the development of the Maui, Kapuni and Pohokura gas and condensate fields. We have acted for a number of international and New Zealand petroleum companies in their New Zealand activities.

Areas of Advice

  • Service contracts for operators of petroleum permits
  • Contract documents for all aspects of well drilling campaigns
  • Preparing joint venture documents for energy companies and the JV operator
  • Joint ventures disputes including arbitration and High Court proceedings
  • Permit applications under the Crown Minerals Act 1991
  • Farming out of interests in petroleum permits
  • Electricity Industry Reform Act 1998 issues (including separation of electricity lines business from electricity supply business)
  • Line ownership and point of supply issues
  • Dealing with customer complaints through the Electricity and Gas Complaints Commission
  • Acquisitions and disposals of oil and gas company shares and assets
  • Preparing and negotiating contracts for drilling rigs, supply boats, seismic surveys and major construction and fabrication
  • Well-site Access Agreements and Pipeline easements

Highlights of Our Work

  • Documenting the shared use of electricity infrastructure with telecommunications cables
  • Assisting an oil company obtain Agreements for Entry and Pipe-line Easements from land-owners for a petroleum pipe-line
  • Advising on the sale of a FPSO vessel
  • Documenting line service arrangements between the national grid and a distribution network
  • GXP/GIP substation project construction, equipment purchase and maintenance agreements
  • Documenting participation in the electricity instantaneous reserves market
  • Our firm is a member of the Energy Law Association Inc.