Energy & Natural Resources

Our dedicated Energy & Natural Resources Group is a recognised market leader and has represented the largest global energy players active in the Irish market.  We have acted on almost all of the pivotal energy and natural resources developments/transactions in Ireland and advise all participants/players in the Irish energy market, including renewable and conventional generators, shippers and suppliers, traders, project developers, funders, end users and other energy service providers.  We offer an all-island service.

We have longstanding relationships with many of our energy and natural resources clients.  Clients value and appreciate the quality service we provide and our specialist expertise and commercial attitude.  We continually leverage our legal, commercial and technical expertise, experience and insight to ensure the optimum outcome for our clients and enhance the long term value of those projects and transactions whatever the market conditions.

We have advised on the full spectrum of energy and natural resources matters, including: energy regulation; licensing; grid connection; financial and physical power purchase agreements; gas commodity and capacity arrangements; carbon trading contracts; renewables, procurement; shipping and storage; project financings; and oil and gas development.

Our experience includes advising:

ESB on the acquisition of Northern Ireland Electricity plc (NIE), the Northern Ireland electricity transmission and distribution business of the Viridian Group.

ESB Novusmodus on its investment in Wind Energy Direct, an 'on-site' wind energy developer.

Severn Trent in relation to a joint venture with Response Group, which was awarded a 20 year operations and maintenance contract for Limerick Main Drainage Project and a number of other water projects in Ireland including a major waste treatment plant in Donegal.

Glanpower in relation to the development of a number of HE-CHP Pyrolysis plant utilising municipal waste, biomass and bio-gas.

Keelings in relation to its CHP plant with associated carbon capture facilities.

Preferred Bidder in relation to the sale by tender auction of Energia, which included conventional and renewable generation assets and a developed retail supply business.

Aughinish Alumina Limited in relation to all its activities undertaken in Ireland, including: the procurement, construction and creation of its 160MW CHP plant; its significant fuel oil and gas supply arrangements; its CfD with the ESB in relation to the SEM; its carbon hedging and trading arrangements; on its extension to its Bauxite Residue Storage Facility at its alumina refinery; and in relation to one of the largest global energy and commodities transactions where Rusal acquired the alumina assets of Glencore International.

Pratt & Whitney on entering into a proposed turnkey contract for the design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of two oil fired gas turbine generators sets.

RWE Ireland in relation to its O&M contract with a 380MW gas fired CCGT plant and its gas supply and tolling agreement.

RWE Gmbh in relation to the disposal of its Irish gas supply division.

JP Morgan Venture Energy Corp on its successful takeover of EcoSecurities Group plc.

Enercon GmbH and Aloys Wobben in relation to a patent dispute concerning turbine supplier, Vestas.

ConocoPhillips on providing a serviced site to Bord gais on which to construct a 440MW gas fired CCGT plant at Whitegate, Co. Cork.

Atlantic Fuel Supply Company, on the design, build and financing of a major oil terminal facility at Foynes Port County Limerick.

Bioverda in relation to the purchase of the waste to energy assets of Irish Power Systems including landfill gas generation assets with a generating capacity of 38MW.

Atlantic Petroleum on its oil exploration activities in Ireland, including local regulatory compliance issues.

Gazprom in relation to supply arrangements for the Irish I&C sector.

Flogas Natural Gas in relation to its gas procurement and trading arrangements and its downstream domestic gas supply business.

Co-gen in respect of its proposals to roll out small/medium sized CHP generators to industrial demand sites.

We advise numerous clients on wind farm projects in relation to Renewable Supports/REFIT and banking and equity funding for such projects.


Energy & Natural Resources: Legislation Programme Spring/Summer 2017

Bills currently before the Oireachtas and Bills expected to be published


Energy & Natural Resources: Legislation Programme Autumn 2016

Bills currently before the Oireachtas and Bills expected to be published


Energy & Natural Resources: Legislation Programme Summer 2016

Bills currently before the Oireachtas and Bills expected to be published


Energy & Natural Resources: Legislation Programme Autumn/Winter 2015

Bills currently before the Oireachtas and Bills expected to be published


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We are consistently ranked as one of the leading Energy & Natural Resources law firms in Ireland.

Department

William Fry’s energy team is ‘at the top of its game’.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2015 - Energy & Natural Resources

 

"Behind everything that this firm does is common sense and legal sensibility. The work is very good, and clearly well thought-through."
"With William Fry you get the professionalism of a large firm but the personal feeling of a small business relationship."

Chambers Europe, 2015 - Energy & Natural Resources

 

William Fry is ‘in the premier league when it comes to firms which specialise in energy and natural resources’.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2014 - Energy & Natural Resources

 

Extensive involvement in a range of large-scale energy projects, including wind farm and biomass plant developments. Offers experience of matters relating to the water and oil sectors as well as regulatory issues. Also active advising clients from the mining industry.
Chambers Europe, 2014 - Energy & Natural Resources

Sources say: “The practice has breadth and expertise, and really understands the regulatory aspects. The advice is practical and commercial.”
Chambers Europe, 2013 - Energy & Natural Resources

 

William Fry’s ‘outstanding team’.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2013 - Energy & Natural Resources

 

'The dedicated energy team at this leading firm continues to attract prominent work across the field'.
Chambers Europe, 2012 - Energy & Natural Resources

Team

Fergus Devine
Fergus Devine ‘really understands the energy business’.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2015 - Energy & Natural Resources

 

According to sources, he has "wide-ranging experience and a good level of common sense."
Chambers Europe, 2015 - Energy & Natural Resources

 

Team head Fergus Devine is a ‘go-to person for complex energy and commodities contracts’.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2014 - Energy & Natural Resources

 

Department head Fergus Devine offers clients extensive experience across all aspects of energy. He recently acted for Glanpower on a number of projects for the development of HE-CHP pyrolysis plants, utilising municipal waste, biomass and biogas for energy production.
Chambers Europe, 2014 - Energy & Natural Resources

Department head Fergus Devine offers clients extensive experience across all aspects of energy.
Chambers Europe, 2013 - Energy & Natural Resources

Practice head Fergus Devine attracts hugely impressive feedback from all quarters. “His knowledge of the energy sector and the markets that are involved is second to none. His commercial and technical expertise is very impressive,” comment clients.
Chambers Europe, 2013 - Energy & Natural Resources

 

Practice head Fergus Devine is ‘immensely capable and balanced, and has knowledge that extends well beyond his sector expertise’.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2013 - Energy & Natural Resources

 

Group head Fergus Devine 'plays a starring role in many of the firm's leading energy mandates and is held in high regard by market observers'.
Chambers Europe, 2012 - Energy & Natural Resources

Key Contacts

Fergus Devine Partner

Siobhan McCabe Associate

Eavan Saunders Partner

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