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Just-Passed: Australian Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Bill

The Australian parliament recently endorsed the Offshore Electricity Infrastructure Bill 2021 (Bill) which will provide a framework for construction, operation, maintenance and decommissioning of offshore electricity projects, with a view to establishing a more reliable, affordable and secure energy system.

The long-awaited legislation will enable new investment into offshore electricity generation and transmission and will provide significant opportunities for domestic and international developers and investors to be at the forefront of this new space in Australia's energy landscape.

Click here to read our previous alert which outlines the key details of the Bill, which passed through Parliament without amendment.

Copyright 2022 K & L GatesNational Law Review, Volume XI, Number 334
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Luke Westmore Energy & Infrastructure Attorney K&L Gates Melbourne, Australia
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Mr. Westmore has over 17 years' experience in complex energy and infrastructure projects.

In addition to his expertise in drafting and negotiating EPC agreements, power purchase agreements, connection agreements and operation and maintenance agreements, he has extensively advised on non-recourse or limited recourse project finance documentation.

His clients include sponsors, lenders, contractors and government agencies on a wide variety of energy and infrastructure projects including wind farms, solar projects, hydroelectric projects, power stations, highways, airports and...

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Kelly Davies Energy Attorney K&L Gates Sydney, Australia
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Kelly Davies is a lawyer focusing on the development, acquisition, and financing of energy projects and energy procurement and sustainability strategies for large businesses. She works closely with clients on all energy aspects of their business and advises on energy transactions both internationally and domestically across the energy sector.

With over a decade spent in the energy sector, her experience spans the energy industry and includes oil and gas (upstream, midstream and downstream), power (conventional (including nuclear) and renewable), energy storage and new fuels (...

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Kirstie Richards Environmental Lawyer KL Gates Law Firm Sydney
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Ms. Richards is an environmental and planning lawyer who focuses on large scale projects in the energy, renewables, oil and gas, mining and infrastructure sectors. She has more than 15 years' experience advising on planning, environmental and regulatory approvals, pollution and contamination, environmental legal risk management and allocation, crisis management (including regulatory investigations, enforcement and prosecutions) and land access (including compensation, mining and petroleum access and neighbour agreements) and environmental and planning litigation. 

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Jessica Chilton is a special counsel in our energy, infrastructure and resources team in Melbourne focussing on renewable and conventional power and infrastructure. Her experience encompasses a broad range of skills within these sectors and covers project development, project financing and M&A activity.

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Luke Salem Attorney Environment Lawyer KL Gates
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Luke is an environment and planning lawyer with experience advising on planning, pollution and contamination, environment incidents, and acquisition of land. 

Luke has an intimate understanding of environment regulation and planning approval processes. He previously worked as a senior in-house lawyer at the NSW Environment Protection Authority and has advised public and private sector clients on some of Australia's largest projects.  

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