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Our track record in advising on regulatory reform, market design and major energy infrastructure projects in Ireland and Northern Ireland is without peer. We have extensive experience acting for government, regulators, financiers, market participants and customers in Ireland, Northern Ireland and internationally. This gives us a unique perspective on the commercial and policy imperatives of different stakeholders in the sector and significantly enhances our ability to add value for our clients.

We have an unrivalled depth of expertise in the energy and resources sectors in both Ireland and Northern Ireland, offering specialist advice across the full spectrum of relevant disciplines, including:

  • Energy regulation under domestic and EU law
  • Development of conventional and renewable power projects, including onshore and offshore wind, solar, CHP, biomass, hydro-electricity, gas and waste to energy
  • Storage, demand response and system services
  • Electricity and gas transmission, distribution and interconnection
  • Gas connection, shipping and storage
  • Regulatory reform and energy market design
  • Physically and financially settled gas and electricity trading arrangements
  • Emissions trading and Renewables Obligation Certificate trading
  • Electricity and gas retail supply contracts
  • Electricity connection and use of system arrangements
  • Mineral and gas exploration and production
  • Environment and planning
  • Project finance
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Dispute resolution

Relevant Experience

  • Conventional and Renewable Power Projects including advising the sponsors on the development of the 343MW CCGT Huntstown I Power Project; the 401.5MW CCGT Huntstown II Power Project; the 445MW CCGT Whitegate Power Project; and the 431MW CCG Great Island Power Project; government, sponsors, financiers, offtakers and purchasers in relation to more than 120 onshore wind projects on the island of Ireland; every consented offshore wind project in Ireland; multiple small scale solar and CHP projects; the 50MW Mayo biomass project and the €500M Dublin Waste to Energy PPP Project
  • Electrical Interconnectors, including advising EirGrid on the €150 million Phase 1 and €600 million Phase 2 funding of the 500MW HVDC East West Interconnector and Mutual Energy on the ownership and operation of the 500MW HVDC Moyle Interconnector
  • Storage including advising AES on the installation of a 10MW battery energy storage system in Northern Ireland and Lumcloon Energy on its joint venture with Hanwha to install 2x100MW battery energy storage systems in Ireland
  • Upstream and Downstream Gas including advising the Irish State on the development of the Petroleum Safety Framework and all offshore consents for the Corrib Gas Field, the implementation of Entry/Exit and development of the Unified Code of Operations in Ireland.
  • Energy Market Reform, including advising on the implementation of I-SEM (Ireland and NI); SEM (Ireland and NI); MAE (Ireland); BETTA (UK) and gas entry/exit (Ireland and NI)
  • Mergers & Acquisitions advising on most of the largest energy sector acquisitions on the island of Ireland including the reported €1billion sale of Viridian Group to I-Squared; the reported €1.1billion acquisition of Bord Gais Energy by Centrica; the reported €1.2billion sale of NIE to ESB; the reported €1.1billion sale of Airtricity Holdings to SEE; the reported £1.62billion acquisition of Viridian Group by Arcapita; the acquisition of the 1,316MW Ballylumford Power Station by AES; the reported €450 million disposal by ESB of 1,300MW of generation assets to Endesa A/S and the acquisition of a majority interest in the 400MW Tynagh CCGT Power Project by GE and the subsequent acquisition by EPH
  • Energy Financing including over €5billion of project, corporate and acquisition finance facilities in the onshore wind, biomass, waste-to-energy, hydro, landfill gas, coal, CCGT, mining and natural gas sectors
  • Disputes including advising Energia Group on the first ever successful judicial review of the CRU in connection with bidding controls in the SEM, CRU on the successful defence of landmark judicial review proceedings in connection with tariffing under the Gas Directive, Energia Group on the first ever (successful) Statutory Appeal under the Electricity Regulation Act, the Irish State on the successful defence of multiple judicial reviews connected to the Corrib Gas Field, multiple disputes before the CRU under domestic and EU law and multiple commercial disputes