by: Kenneth Culotta, Adrian Talamantes, Alex Blomfield and Charity Kirby

Although much of the buzz around Mexico’s energy reform focused on the oil & gas sector, the Mexican power sector also underwent a fundamental change. Together with eight new and twelve amended federal laws, Mexico enacted the new Ley de la Industria Eléctrica on August 11, 2014. Read more

by: H. Victor Thomas

In the BP Gulf Oil Spill Litigation, Judge Barbier issued two conclusions of law that could affect future litigation involving energy companies, namely, (1) the standard for “gross negligence” and “willful misconduct” under the Clean Water Act and (2) the standard for vicarious liability for punitive damages under Maritime Law. Because there does not appear to be much precedent on the first issue and the U.S. Court of Appeals are divided on the second issue, these issues will likely be immediately appealed to the Fifth Circuit and then to the U.S. Supreme Court. Read more

by: Margrete Stevens

On September 1-2, King & Spalding sponsored a major conference on energy disputes held in Copenhagen. Hosted by the Danish Institute of Arbitration, the event included some 160 international practitioners and in-house counsel. Read more

by: Jeffrey H. Perry

The Petroleum Economist Awards were adjudicated by a panel of independent experts drawn from across the international energy industry and included: Abdullah Salem El Badri, Secretary General, OPEC; Lord Cullen of Whitekirk, KT; Torstein Indrebø, Secretary General, International Gas Union; and Lord John Browne, Baron Browne of Madingley, former Chief Executive, BP. Read more

by: Susanna Marshall

The UK’s Energy Minister recently invited applications for the award of new onshore petroleum exploration and development licences in the 14th Landward Licensing Round. The new round is being welcomed after a moratorium on fracking imposed between November 2011 and December 2012 following two seismic tremors near a frack site in Lancashire. Read more

by: Adrian Talamantes and Kenneth Culotta

State and privately-owned domestic and foreign companies may now compete in a free market for and directly engage in the exploration and production of liquid, solid and gaseous hydrocarbons, conventional or unconventional, pursuant to any type of host government instrument the Mexico creates and implements, except for concessions. Read more

by: Merrick White and David Phua (潘永光)

根据<>, 中国在2035年将成为全球最大的能源进口国,届时能源进口将超过欧洲。中国能源供应需求的预期增长、其利用更清洁与高效能源来源的计划以及液化天然气(LNG)和全球天然气市场的发展,为中国天然气消费拥有可观空间增长的看法,提供了强有力的依据。天然气进口量的增加很可能满足消费的增长。作为一个概述,本文章将探讨中国目前天然气消费与进口的状况、影响进口的供应与价格因素、进口增长的潜能以及LNG 和管道天然气各自提供的进口量。 [This is a Mandarin version of a previously published post titled, Natural Gas Imports into China – Prospects for Growth.] Read more

by: James Bowe, Kenneth Culotta and William Rice

North America’s new-found wealth in natural gas is driving energy industry participants to seek out new markets for the suddenly abundant fuel, including interest in LNG for vehicular and marine fuels, other applications employing high-horsepower engines, peak shaving or to serve “off the grid” demands. Development of these LNG production facilities raises questions as to whether they are subject to regulation by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) under the Natural Gas Act (NGA). On September 4, 2014, in response to LNG project developer petitions, FERC issued two orders addressing such questions. These orders are significant because in them FERC held that it does not have jurisdiction over activities that are likely to be performed by LNG facilities serving vehicular fuel, marine, high horsepower and some peak shaving and remote markets.Read more

by: C. Brannon Robertson

The Texas Railroad Commission has proposed expanding its pipeline permitting process, including requiring applicants to provide a sworn statement and documentation supporting any claim that a proposed pipeline will function as a common carrier line.Read more

by: Christine Savage, Iain MacVay, Mark Wasden, Jane Cohen, Sajid Ahmed, Shannon Doyle Barna and Clinton Long

In response to the continuing conflict in Ukraine, the United States and European Union have targeted Russia’s energy sector with a variety of sanctions.Read more