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 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; energy infrastructure projects; energy related commercial contracts; energy related M&A; financial and physical power purchase agreements (including corporate PPAs); gas commodity and capacity arrangements; carbon trading contracts; onshore wind; offshore wind; solar; battery storage; carbon trading; procurement; shipping and storage; data centres, project financing; and oil and gas development.

Key projects and clients we have worked on and within recent years include:

EirGrid in connection with the development and financing of the proposed 700MW HVDC Celtic Interconnector between Ireland and France, capital cost in excess of €1bn.

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

Green Investment Group (GIG) in relation to its investment in and subsequent sale of a portion of its interest in the Dublin Waste to Energy Facility located in Poolbeg, Dublin Port.

Brookfield Renewables on its development and financing of the Slieve Callan wind farm project in South West Ireland (which included a 25km 110KV contestable grid connection).

European Investment Bank in its financing of the Oweninny Wind Farm in County Mayo. 

Parkwind NV, one of Europe’s leading offshore Wind Farm developers, in its strategic investment in the Oriel Wind Farm – a 330MW offshore wind farm project proposed in the Irish Sea.

EirGrid on numerous regulatory matters including in respect of the capacity market.  

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 gas supply arrangements; its participation in I-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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

Energy Market Update: COVID-19, the RESS 1 Auction and Electricity Consumption in Ireland

The closing date for applications to qualify for the RESS 1 Auction has been extended to Thursday 30 April and we await further changes to the auction timetable in the next month.


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


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Department

  • A client describes the firm’s performance as “very impressive,” noting in particular that the team’s “client service and commercial awareness are both excellent.” Chambers Europe, 2020
  • "William Fry’s broad practice advises domestic and international clients such as utilities, lenders and developers in the gas, water and commodities space, as well as the renewable energy sector." Legal 500, 2019
  • ‘Business acumen is excellent’ at William Fry, where the team’s growing client base includes oil, gas and manufacturing companies, utilities, independent project developers and commercial banks. Legal 500, 2018
  • 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
  • William Fry excels at electricity and gas work, where its advice is ‘always focused on the key issues’Legal 500, 2017

Team

Fergus Devine

  • In IFLR 1000 2019, Fergus Devine is praised for his "outstanding leadership". 
  • Chambers Europe 2019 reports that Fergus Devine is greatly respected by industry leaders and describes him as "a brilliant energy lawyer".
  • Chambers Europe 2018 states that Department head Fergus Devine is "very responsive, exceptionally pleasant and has a broad and in-depth knowledge of the energy sector".
  • Legal 500 EMEA 2018 reports that the "business-focused" Fergus Devine is highly active in the energy sector and is a "clear communicator". 
  • In Chambers Europe 2017, Fergus Devine is praised for his "huge depth of knowledge and dynamism." 
  • Legal 500 EMEA 2017 reports that Fergus Devine ‘does not shirk the difficult messages’.

Key Contacts

Fergus Devine Partner

Bryan Bourke Managing Partner

Liam McCabe Partner

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