Energy & Infrastructure Disputes

The firm has a proven track record of advising on energy disputes throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas, using litigation, arbitration and ADR.

Working with the firm’s pre-eminent global energy and infrastructure team, Linklaters’ disputes team appears on the most complex energy and infrastructure disputes. The team’s track record includes cases involving the world’s biggest oil production platform and the world’s biggest automated air cargo facility.

Governments, multinationals and financial institutions turn to Linklaters in disputes as varied as exploration rights; construction and upgrade of production platforms; pipeline capacity rights and take or pay obligations; construction of LNG plants; oil storage facility and pipeline failures; oil purchase contracts; power plant construction; turbine failures; power purchase agreements; nuclear reactor testing and nuclear fuel; construction of offshore wind farms; electricity and gas trading; mining projects and air and rail transport infrastructure projects.

Recent energy, natural resources and infrastructure litigation cases include advising:
  • PT Transportasi Gas Indonesia, an Indonesian operator of natural gas pipelines, in relation to its challenge under the Arbitration Act 1996 to set-aside a $79,000,000 UNCITRAL award in favour of ConocoPhillips and PetroChina on grounds that the award had been affected by serious irregularity
  • China Development Bank Corporation, The Export-Import Bank of China, Sberbank of Russia and Gazprombank (Joint-Stock Company) on their €3.6bn facility to fund the construction of the Yamal LNG Project
  • the bankruptcy trustee of LTC in an arbitration concerning a complex dispute over sums allegedly due to LTC in connection with the construction of an oil processing facility in the Garraf oil field in the Republic of Iraq
  • a large multinational corporation in two SCC arbitration procedures in a dispute concerning a failed joint venture project in an emerging Eastern European country for the production and trading of energy products
  • a multinational petrochemical group in a US$ multi-million arbitration in India arising out of gas sale agreements
  • an international energy supplier and its parent against a Luxembourg company Soteg in an ICC Arbitration regarding a demand for price adjustment of a gas supply agreement
  • AMORIM ENERGIA (the entity that controls the Portuguese Oil company GALP, together with Italian company ENI) in arbitration proceedings against REN (the Portuguese national company for transport of natural gas and electricity)
  • a major chemical company in connection with a judicial investigation following the filing of a complaint by an environmental NGO. The company risks a criminal conviction and an order to restore a polluted industrial site
  • two leading companies in the nuclear fuel cycle and the nuclear transportation sectors in obtaining a short notice injunction to protect the transport of a shipment of plutonium from the UK to France and dismissing a claim seeking disclosure of the related contracts
  • Areva providing advice relating to criminal actions being brought against one of its subsidiaries by an environmental protection association in connection with the alleged pollution of a river and the unlawful stocking of radioactive and polluting waste on site.  The political dimension of this case, which occurred in the context of the recent significant growth of the nuclear energy sector, adds to the challenge for the defence