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Hydropower sector – Lao PDR

Paul Cargill and Jane Furniss have advised the Government of Lao PDR on legal aspects of hydropower projects since the 1990s, starting with the US$1.4 billion Nam Theun 2 Hydropower Project.

Paul Cargill advised Lao Holdings State Enterprise (LHSE) to review its shareholding arrangements in various projects. He advised LHSE on its ability to finance equity interests in those projects, including the Hongsa Thermal Project.

In recent years the team has advised the Government of Lao PDR on several capacity building initiatives funded by the World Bank (PPIAF):

  • Emergency Dam Safety Inspection Project – Strategic legal review and recommendations in respect of dam safety issues across the Lao Hydropower Sector
  • Negotiation of Sustainably Sound Concession Agreements in the Lao Hydropower Sector
  • General Advice on Negotiating Domestic Power Supply Agreements
  • Development of a Standard Form Concession Agreement for the Lao Hydropower Sector
  • Development of a Risk Matrix for the Lao Hydropower Sector

Resonant Advisory was appointed by the Government of Lao PDR in 2017 to advise in respect of the proposed refinancing of the Nam Theun 2 Hydropower Project.

Thermal power sector – Lao PDR

Resonant Advisory advised the Government of Lao PDR in respect of the development of two thermal power projects in 2017 and 2019.

Energy and infrastructure projects – Australia

Paul Cargill advised Australia’s second largest electricity distributor and retailer on all aspects of its business for an eight-year period. Jane Furniss also advised that client in the early part of her career.

Resources sector – Papua New Guinea

Paul Cargill advised the Government of Papua New Guinea through the Attorney General and the State Solicitor in the strategic requirements for restructuring of that country’s equity interests in oil and gas and mining projects into Petromin and then, subsequently, into the Kumul companies.

He also represented China Metallurgical Corporation (MCC) in its acquisition of the Ramu Nickel deposit and the subsequent development of that project into a major nickel and cobalt producer exporting its product to China.

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