Features / Legal Opinion
Sunday, 18th December 2016
Energy in the Middle East: The Big Picture for 2017
We are heading towards the end of one of the most transformational years in living memory: at the start of the year, the ink was barely dry on the Paris COP21 Agreement on climate change, the Iran Joint Co-Operation Agreement brought Iran back into the world of international petroleum trade and the oil price slumped to $28; we moved onto the unexpected Brexit result in June with fears of a domino effect across the European Union; Syria became the theatre for a return of the Cold War; and the year ended with the arrival of a Trump presidency with his campaign commitments to reversing COP21, cancelling the Iran Agreement and calling into question the future of NATO. What a year.
Thursday, 13th October 2016
Joint Ventures in the Energy Sector: Structuring JVs for Success in Egypt
The sheer scale of investment needed to bring Egypt’s deepwater upstream, downstream oil and gas, and power projects into operation, and the specific needs for foreign investment, casts a sharp focus on the joint venture mechanism for doing business in Egypt.
Tuesday, 27th September 2016
Protecting and Commercializing Advanced Petroleum Technology: The Role of Intelligent Energy Law in 2016
The world of energy sustained a threefold shock to the system as the industry rolled into 2016. First, the impact of the COP21 Agreement reached on 12th December 2015 in Paris.
Wednesday, 3rd August 2016
RE-ASSESSING RISK AVOIDANCE STRATEGIES IN LNG CONTRACTING
Despite the tsunami of power generation development that is currently underway throughout the world and dependent upon renewable energy technologies, more traditional thermal electricity generation strategies are still in play for a number of reasons.
Friday, 13th May 2016
Renewable Energy for Egypt’s Optimal Generating Mix
The response of various governments and other policy makers and advocates to the worldwide emergence and ongoing development possibilities of renewable energy, particularly of the wind and solar variety, has been inconsistent.
Wednesday, 13th April 2016
Managing Legal and Commercial Risks in the Egyptian Offshore Industry
The Mediterranean Offshore Conference that will be held on 19th – 21st April in Alexandria will be dominated this year by the impact of the major ENI Zohr Gas Field and BP West Nile Delta projects, which between them are anticipated to involve $27b of investment.
Sunday, 13th March 2016
Foreign Investment in Egypt: Motivations and Methods of Encouragement
We are now at the first anniversary of the game changing investment summit held last March in Sharm El-Sheikh. The summit sent out a clear message, that Egypt was “open for business,” and actively seeking foreign investment.
Saturday, 13th February 2016
Protecting and Commercializing Petroleum Technology: Recent Developments in Intelligent Energy Law
Intelligent Energy Law is a key element of the continuing progression of “Intelligent Energy” solutions and innovations. It can be defined as the strategic planning and application of international law and contracts to maximize investment returns on advanced technology and know-how through the creation, acquisition, commercialization and protection of intellectual property.
Wednesday, 13th January 2016
The Legal Reality of the ICC Ruling Against Egypt
On December 3rd 2015, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) announced its ruling on the arbitration claim submitted by Israel Electric Company (IEC) against the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC), the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS), and East Mediterranean Gas Company (EMG).