Shell sells minority interest in QCLNG Common Facilities for US$2.5 billion

Australia Press release March 2021

Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has advised Shell on the sale of a 26.25 per cent interest in the Queensland Curtis LNG (QCLNG) Common Facilities to Global Infrastructure Partners Australia for US$2.5 billion.

Shell remains the majority owner and operator of the Common Facilities which include LNG storage tanks, jetties and operations infrastructure that service QCLNG’s LNG trains.

This multi-billion dollar transaction is one of Shell’s most significant commercial undertakings in Australia in recent years and globally, is one of the first significant acquisitions by an infrastructure player in mid-stream LNG assets. 

The team was led by Perth-based Paul Lingard (partner and head of energy in Australia) and Brisbane-based Keira Brennan (partner and head of infrastructure, mining and commodities in Australia). 

The team advised on all aspects of the transaction and developed an optimal transaction structure that included the establishment of a new joint venture coupled with the execution of a suite of documents required to achieve the effective streaming of income and stapling of risk to a new joint venture participant. Under COVID-19 conditions, all due diligence, negotiations and signing of the transaction occurred virtually.

The team worked closely with Shell’s in-house legal team which consisted of Peter Lorbeer in Perth and Trent Simon in Brisbane.

Paul Lingard commented:

“This is a landmark oil and gas transaction globally in 2020/2021 and we expect this to pave the way for similar infrastructure investment in Australia and around the world. We are pleased to have worked collaboratively with the Shell team to achieve its key commercial objectives.”

Keira Brennan commented:

“This was a unique opportunity for us to workshop and develop innovative solutions for a complex transaction – all while working completely remotely. It has been a powerful reminder of the ability to build strong team and client relationships regardless of where we are located.”

Paul and Keira were supported by partner Gavin Scott, special counsels Nikki van der Meer and Michelle Ralston, senior associate Jessica Rusten, associates Frances Hewitt and Ellen Whittred, and lawyer Alvin Ngo.

 

For further information please contact:

Alex Boxsell, Head of Digital, Communications & Experience, Norton Rose Fulbright in Australia

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Angela Han, Digital & Communications Executive, Norton Rose Fulbright in Australia

Tel: +61 (0)2 9330 8610; Cell: +61 (0)438 429 798