Resources and energy

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Strategic, sophisticated legal advice to private and publicly listed resources companies and government bodies as well as smaller explorers and producers

Our knowledge of the Australian mining, energy and natural resources industries is extensive, having advised on some of the country’s most significant resources and public infrastructure projects. We have also participated in the development of legislation and policy from both an industry and government perspective.


  • Mining, resources and energy developments, both exploration and production stage
  • Oil and conventional and unconventional gas exploration and developments, including coal seam gas and tight or shale gas 
  • Petroleum, gas and water pipelines 
  • Rail, road, power and water projects 
  • Resources mergers and acquisitions, sale and purchase of tenements and projects, takeovers and schemes of arrangement
  • Partnership, joint venture, split commodity, farmin/out, tribute and royalty, metals streaming, offtake and sales agreements 
  • Native title and cultural heritage 
  • EPC, construction, operation and management contracts 
  • Mining services (underground and open cut), drilling and supply contracts
  • Environmental issues, including EPA, approvals, licensing, enforcement and biodiversity offsets 
  • Tenement applications 
  • Resources and energy disputes including an extensive practice in both the Western Australian Wardens' Court and Queensland Land Court
  • Land tenure and property issues, third party tenure access disputes and arrangements, including interaction with pastoral and farming interests

Industry participation

HopgoodGanim participates in and contributes to key resources industry associations, including the Queensland Resources Council (QRC), the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA), the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) and the Resources and Energy Law Association (AMPLA).


HopgoodGanim is proud to have been ranked by Chambers Asia Pacific as a Leading Energy and Natural Resources Firm 2017 and 2019 (Band 5).

HopgoodGanim is also proud to have been ranked as a Leading Energy and Resources Law Firm by Doyle's Guide Queensland (2017) and Western Australia (2017 & 2018).

Exceptional outcomes

Metro Mining / We advised on the development of the Skardon River Project, Metro Mining's flagship project. Our role included advising and representing Metro in the Land Court in relation to its objection to Gulf Alumina’s environmental authority, negotiating and drafting a transhipment agreement for the transportation of bauxite from the mine, preparing a suite of agreements for the construction of a barge loading facility and negotiating and drafting a camp construction agreement. 
Australian Pacific Coal / We advised APC on a capital raising and the associated regulatory requirements for the restart of mining operations at the Dartbrook Coal Project.  Our work also included the drafting and negotiation of various services, procurement and other operational contracts.
Armour Energy / We're advising Armour Energy on their move into oil and gas production via the acquisition of Origin’s interest in the Kincora Project. Our role involved assisting Armour in the initial negotiations for the acquisition including the review of the transaction documents for the initial acquisition, draft sale agreements for subsequent acquisitions from joint venture parties and advice on the ongoing operation of the project.  
Ascot Resources / We have acted for Ascot Resources on the acquisition and the recently announced sale of the Wonmunna Iron Ore Project in the Pilbara of Western Australia.  The sale transaction has involved negotiation and documentation of exit from legacy arrangements in relation to previous development of the project to facilitate a clean sale.
Cauldron Energy / We advised Cauldron Energy in the WA Court of Appeal dismissal of an appeal by Forrest & Forrest Pty Ltd. The dismissal meant that our client can progress its applications for exploration licences over Forrest's Minderoo Station, east of Onslow. In dismissing the appeal, the Court confirmed that the Minister does not need to consider the most current financial information about an applicant for an exploration licence to be able to validly grant the licence. 
Mining lease dispute / Our client, a significant coal miner, is the applicant for a number of mining leases in Queensland.  The mining leases overlap certain farming properties and our client is in dispute with the owners of these properties in relation to the value of compensation payable.  The issues in the proceedings include the noise, vibration and dust impacts the mining operations will have on the relevant properties, the impact noise and dust will have on cattle growth and health and the diminution in value of the properties caused by those impacts.
Matsa Resources / We have assisted Matsa Resources with the transaction from junior explorer to gold producer with the acquisition of the Red October project and several smaller tenement packages and advice on mining services contracts, access arrangements and water rights.
Red 5 Limited / We advised Red 5 Limited on the simultaneous acquisitions of the Darlot gold mine from Gold Fields Limited and the King of the Hills gold project from Saracen Mineral Holdings Limited.  We also advised on the related partially underwritten AU$12.7M rights issue. 
Southern Ports Authority / We advise Southern Ports Authority in relation to new port user agreements with project developers (exporters/importers), port service providers (such as stevedores) and also interactions with Government.

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