AFRICA RENEWABLE ENERGY – ‘BANKABILITY’: A CHECKLIST FOR MARKET ENTRANTS AND SMALLER DEVELOPERS

Authors: Martin Kavanagh, Joanne Elson, Josh Attard and Beatrice McGuire For Africa-focussed developers and sponsors in the ‘green’ energy market, enabling financing and ensuring that the contracts that they enter into are ‘bankable’ is of fundamental importance. Following on from the release of our guide to the alternative funding options available to support renewable energy … Read more

WEBINAR: THERE IS NO FUTURE FOR FRONTIER EXPLORATION

Bertrand Montembault, a partner in the Paris office of Herbert Smith Freehills who has built particular experience in the oil & gas sector in Francophone Africa, will be moderating an Oil Council webinar on Thursday 25 June at 11:00 BST which will discuss “There Is No Future For Frontier Exploration”. To register for this event, … Read more

DEVELOPMENT FUNDS: A GUIDE TO ALTERNATIVE FUNDING OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO SUPPORT THE DELIVERY OF RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS IN AFRICA

Authors: Martin Kavanagh, Joanne Elson, Josh Attard and Beatrice McGuire For Africa-focussed developers and sponsors in the ‘green’ energy market, development funds (“DFs”) can offer a means to fast-track project development and enhance bankability. To help provide you with a better understanding of the funding options available in the market, we have produced a handy … Read more

CHAMBERS GLOBAL 2020 AFRICA-WIDE

Author: REBECCA DONOVAN Herbert Smith Freehills is pleased to announce that we have maintained our top tier rankings in five Africa-wide practice areas in the new edition of Chambers Global 2020: Africa-wide: Projects & Energy (for the 12th consecutive year) Africa-wide: Projects & Energy: Mining & Minerals (for the 9th consecutive year) Africa-wide: Dispute Resolution … Read more

MUDDYING THE WATERS: THE UPSTREAM PETROLEUM RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT BILL 2020

Authors: Peter Leon, Paul Morton, Amanda Hattingh and Ernst Muller Introduction Key points arising from the bill Conclusion INTRODUCTION A year ago, on 27 February 2019, Total S.A. announced a major discovery of gas condensate in the Outeniqua Basin (Brulpadda prospect, Block 11B/12B) offshore South Africa. This deposit reportedly contains around one billion barrels of … Read more

PATRICK LEYDEN WINS 2020 CLIENT CHOICE AWARD FOR ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES

Patrick Leyden, a director in Herbert Smith Freehills’ Johannesburg office, is the winner of Lexology’s 2020 Client Choice Award for Energy & Natural Resources in South Africa. Patrick, a corporate lawyer, practises across a number of industry sectors but specialises in mining and energy in Sub-Saharan Africa. His experience includes domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, … Read more

PETROLEUM BILL — OLD WINE IN A NEW BOTTLE

Author: Peter Leon Regulatory scheme remains modelled on mining principles  Much anticipation awaited the release of the draft Upstream Petroleum Resources Development Bill on Christmas Eve after a one-year gestation by the department of mineral resources & energy. The long-awaited bill is intended to create a new regulatory framework for the exploration and extraction of … Read more