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The review and renegotiation of Japanese LNG import contracts

Japan’s Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) is currently conducting an investigation into alleged unfair restrictions on the resale of liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports into Japan from abroad. The investigation could lead to a...more

ATO wins Full Federal Court decision on Cross Border Financing - Chevron Australia Holdings case

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In a major Australian transfer pricing decision on Friday 21 April 2017, the Full Federal Court dismissed Chevron Australia Holdings Pty Ltd's (CAHPL) appeal related to the deductibility of interest on the Australian dollar...more

Fate of U.S. - Canada dam license in question

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The holder of the U.S. federal hydropower license for a dam spanning the international border with Canada border has petitioned for approval to surrender that license, citing economic considerations. At issue is the Forest...more

Saudi Arabia PPP Update – Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Programme, Malaysian Economic Cooperation, and the New Saudi...

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King Salman Abdulaziz Al-Saud’s recently concluded 31-day trip to Asia saw Saudi Arabia and Malaysia sign a series of four memoranda of understanding (MOUs) relating to economic cooperation, trade, investment and human...more

EU Publishes Report on Progress of Renewable Energy Sources

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On April 3, 2017, the European Environment Agency (EEA) announced the publication of the report titled “Renewable Energy in Europe 2017: Recent Growth and Knock-On Effects,” which demonstrates that renewables have been a...more

LNG-to-power: Key Bankability Considerations for FSRU-to-IPP Project Structures

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Introduction/Synopsis - The growth of “LNG-to-power,” by which we mean the use of regasified LNG as a feedstock fuel for power generation, is largely attributable to a combination of economic, political and technical...more

Uganda - A bright future

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Peter Hood is a solicitor and Hogan Lovells consultant currently living in Kampala, Uganda who specialises in business and human rights and international arbitration. He recently gave two guest lectures to law students at...more

Host Country Benefits of Export Projects

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Hydropower, as an affordable, reliable and sustainable source of electricity, has played an important role in the growth and industrialisation of many emerging market economies, including Laos, Kenya, Sarawak (Malaysia),...more

Implications of declaration of boundaries of Konebada Petroleum Park - The Minister for Lands and Physical Planning has recently...

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The Minister for Lands and Physical Planning has recently declared a significant portion of land (including sea areas) on the Western side of Port Moresby to be the Konebada Petroleum Park (KP Park) under section 3(4) of the...more

DOC Initiates Biodiesel Antidumping, Countervailing Investigation

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On April 13, 2017, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announced that it was formally initiating antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations of biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia. The decision...more

Dutch Prosecutors Record Shell CEO and Ensnare Shell in Nigeria Bribery Scandal

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A CEO never expects to be wiretapped. Let’s face it – a wiretap in the C-Suite is rare. Justice Department prosecutors have always looked for an opportunity. CEOs have loose lips and can suffer significant damage from...more

Mexico Issues Manual for Bilateral Power Transactions and Recording Coverage Agreements

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Mexico's Energy Reform of 2013 opened activities of the country's Power Market to private investors. Mexico is passing from a state-run power company, the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), to private investors and...more

TransCanada Receives Presidential Permit to Construct Keystone XL Pipeline

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On March 24, the Trump Administration granted a Presidential permit to TransCanada, which gives the company authority to “construct, connect, operate, and maintain pipeline facilities” for the Keystone XL Pipeline. The...more

Mexico Energy Regulatory Commission Issues Provisions for Distributed Generation

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Under Mexico's Energy Reform of 2013, the private sector may participate and invest in a number of energy-related activities. One of the most attractive activities is power generation, especially considering that distributed...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

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Moz plant illustrates rapid commissioning potential of gas engines - Electricity generation using gas as a fuel has great potential to meet the growing needs of many African countries, especially with a peaking-plant...more

Conflict Minerals Update – SEC Releases Guidance Following District Court Decision

by White & Case LLP on

On April 3, 2017, the US District Court for the District of Columbia (the "Court") entered a final judgment in National Association of Manufacturers, et al. v. Securities and Exchange Commission,1 ruling that Section 1502 of...more

European Parliament Votes To Make Palm Oil Biofuels Sustainable

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On April 4, 2017, Members of the European Parliament (MEP) approved a resolution calling on the European Commission (EC) to phase out the use of palm oil as a component of biofuels and advocating for a single certification...more

El Salvador Makes History and Bans All Mining - Will other countries follow?

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On March 29, 2017, El Salvador’s legislature unanimously voted to ban all metallic mining, including for gold, in the Central American country. El Salvador is the first country in the world to impose a blanket ban on mining...more

Nigerian Natural Gas Drilling Rig Explosion Class Action Blown Away

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The Northern District of California recently denied a motion for class certification in a case against Chevron Corporation connected to a 2012 explosion at a Nigerian natural gas drilling rig and the environmental impacts of...more

SEC Will Not Enforce Part of the Conflict Minerals Disclosure Rule

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On Friday, April 7, 2017, the acting Chief of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) Michael Piwowar released a statement that the Commission will not recommend enforcement of certain parts of its Conflict...more

ManattJones Global Strategies - April 2017

CEO’s Executive Summary: While a series of high-level meetings and public statements helped to reduce bilateral tensions last month, confused signals on the Administration’s intentions with respect to NAFTA renegotiations and...more

Canadian Mining Company Strikes Gold in US Court

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Arbitration analysis: Steven Finizio and Manuel Casas at WilmerHale, consider the US District Court’s decision in Crystallex v Venezuela to uphold the $1.2bn damages award and suggest that the case reaffirms the deferential...more

"SEC Staff Provides Relief From Conflict Minerals Rule"

In statements released on April 7, 2017, the acting chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Michael S. Piwowar, and the SEC's Division of Corporation Finance provided welcome news to companies concerning the...more

Territorial Restrictions in Gas Supply Contracts in Japan – Antitrust Implications and Experience from the European Union

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Japan, the world’s biggest buyer of liquefied natural gas (“LNG”), is currently investigating the potential anticompetitive effects of territorial restrictions in LNG supply contracts. Historically, LNG suppliers have used...more

ITC Announces Preliminary Biodiesel Antidumping And Countervailing Duty Investigation

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On March 29, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the commencement of the preliminary phase of a biodiesel antidumping and countervailing duty investigation...more

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