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.

Experience

  • 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).

Recognition

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

Southern Gold / We advised Southern Gold Ltd on the sale of their Australian exploration assets to Aurenne Group Holdings Pty Ltd for $2.5m. The exploration assets include the Bulong South, Glandore and Cowarna gold projects in the Goldfields region of Western Australia. 
CSA Global / We advised CSA Global on its acquisition by the world’s leading sustainability consultancy, ERM. The announcement, made on 3 July 2019, of CSA Global’s acquisition will further position ERM as a world leading advisor to the mining industry.
Pantoro Limited / We advised Pantoro Limited in relation to their  joint venture and farm-in agreement with Norseman Gold Plc regarding the acquisition of 50% of the Central Norseman Gold Project, which was completed on 10 July, and related $43 million placement.
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. 
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.
Silver Lake Resources / we advised Silver Lake Resources on their recently announced takeover offer for EganStreet Resources.  Silver Lake announced on 30 July 2019 they had entered into a Bid Implementation Deed to acquire all of the shares in EganStreet for an approximate value of $52 million. 
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. 

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