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.

Heating Up? New Energy Efficiency Regulations for Buildings

The Building Regulations (Part L Amendment) 2017, SI No 538/2017 have been published, aiming to improve energy and carbon performance of new buildings, extensions to new buildings and major renovations

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

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  • A client states "excellent service with legal team fully conversant with client requirements and issues surrounding both client specifics and general market and regulatory environment. Strengths are numerous but outstanding leadership from Fergus Devine stands out the most".
  • The firm's "depth and versatility to provide the entire range of legal requirements" is often praised, with clients saying: "It is invaluable to have it all under one roof." 
    Sources also remark that the team is "very responsive and knows the sector well." Chambers Europe, 2017
  • "Very impressive, covering lots of different areas." Chambers Europe, 2016
  • William Fry’s energy team is ‘at the top of its game’. Legal 500 EMEA, 2015
  • "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
  • William Fry is ‘in the premier league when it comes to firms which specialise in energy and natural resources’.  Legal 500 EMEA, 2014 
  • 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 


Fergus Devine

  • Fergus Devine is praised for his "huge depth of knowledge and dynamism." Chambers Europe 2017
  • Fergus Devine ‘does not shirk the difficult messages’. Legal 500 EMEA, 2017
  • Fergus Devine leads the group and is highly focused on energy regulatory advice, drawing plaudits from interviewees for being "able to understand complex, technical issues" and "grasping the mechanics of the energy markets." Chambers Europe, 2016
  • Fergus Devine ‘really understands the energy business’. Legal 500 EMEA, 2015 

Key Contacts

Fergus Devine Partner

Bryan Bourke Managing Partner

Liam McCabe Partner

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