Natural Resources

We represent Europe’s largest alumina refinery, Aughinish Alumina, and have advised on alumina export, shipping and sales agreements and on the supply and shipping arrangements for bauxite.

We represent Severn Trent, a significant water utility in the UK, in relation to a number of projects in Ireland. 

As a full service legal firm we are able to assist clients in the Natural Resource sector across a broad range of corporate and M&A, financial, commercial, tax, regulatory, and environmental issues.


Our experience includes advising:

Severn Trent in relation to a joint venture with Response Group, which was awarded a €60m 20 year operations and maintanance contract for Limerick Main Drainage Project which include operations and maintenance of the 130,000 OPE wastewater treatment plant constructed in 2004, a thermal sludge dryer, 20km of main sewers and 10 pump stations.

Severn Trent in relation to a number of other water projects in Ireland including a major waste water treatment plant in Donegal.

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 and construction of the 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.

E.ON on operational and regulatory issues in relation to its 130MW Edenderry peat burning power plant and its subsequent disposal of that plant to Bord na Mona.

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.

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.


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  • 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