by: Rory Connor and Kenneth Culotta

Project financing is a challenge for nuclear projects. This article explores issues of construction risk, debt repayment from future revenues, and how small module reactors may help alleviate some of these issues. Read more

by: Cynthia AM Stroman and James Bowe

On June 22, 2016, the Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016 (PIPES Act) was signed into law. The new law reauthorizes the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) for four years, but more importantly, it identifies new priorities for the agency, grants more extensive authority to act quickly to address imminent hazards, mandates increased stakeholder engagement, and requires more frequent reporting to facilitate Congressional oversight.Read more

by: Cynthia AM Stroman

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (the Act). Passed with significant bipartisan support, the Act is the first major update to a federal environmental statute in more than 20 years and the first update ever for the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976. For many new or revised provisions, the Act establishes a timeline for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct rulemaking or take other action, but certain provisions took effect immediately. The revised requirements for confidential business information (CBI) claims are one such provision, with immediate implications for companies in the energy sector now preparing their reports under the 2016 Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule.Read more

by: Edward Ripley

The Sabine Bankruptcy Court’s decisions rejecting the gas gathering agreements as executory contracts and determining that certain agreements and commitments are not covenants that run with the land or equitable servitudes continue to affect E&P bankruptcies.Read more

by: Philip Weems and Nina Howell

Special consideration must be given to Unitization and Unit Operating Agreements where the gas to be produced from the unitized area will be liquefied and exported as LNG, especially as it may relate to issues of scope, redetermination, adjustments, voting threshold rights, default and withdrawal.Read more

by: Jules Quinn

The UK electorate has now voted in favour of the UK leaving the European Union.  The impact on the energy market may be significant given the economic uncertainty and impact on the regulatory environment. ... Read more

by: Tim Burbury and Timothy Smith

Public private partnerships may offer the solution for the Gulf Cooperation Council region’s challenges in financing and constructing new waste to energy projects.Read more

by: Mehdi Haroun and Nora Djeraba

Morocco is turning to LNG as it looks to further diversify its energy mix. This article explores the origin of Morocco’s national development plan for LNG in 2014, the main steps and intended schedule of this plan, and potential challenges.Read more

by: Philip Weems

Overview of the history and potential impact of North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa in LNG export and import projects, delivered at the King and Spalding Africa Oil and Gas Conference in Houston, Texas Read more

by: Philip Weems

Philip R. Weems February 9, 2016Read more