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Vietnam Legal Update: New Solar FiT and Rooftop Solar Power Development Acceleration Program
DFDL, August 2019

NEW FiT FOR SOLAR ENERGY PROJECTS The Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam (“MOIT”) announced it would submit by 15 September 2019 the final draft Decision of the Prime Minister, on the mechanism for encouraging the development of solar power projects in Vietnam, (the “Final Draft Decision”) to the Prime Minister and Office of Government. The Final Draft Decision is intended to replace Decision No...

How will the 2019 Proposed Financing Provisioning Regulations affect mining companies?
ENSafrica, August 2019

  In May 2019, the South African Proposed Regulations Pertaining to the Financial Provision for the Rehabilitation and Remediation of Environmental Damage caused by Reconnaissance, Prospecting, Exploration, Mining or Production Operations, 2019 (the “2019 Regulations”) were released for public comment...

Mining and Local Communities: Free, Prior and Informed Consent in South Africa?
ENSafrica, August 2019

  With South Africa’s recent cabinet reshuffle, the Department of Water Affairs and Sanitation was amalgamated with the Department of Human Settlements. This indicates the growing intersection between natural resources and people/communities, and in turn, the potential for policy to stop seeing natural resources and people in separate silos...

The Nigeria Power Sector Review 2019
AELEX, August 2019

Electricity was first generated in Nigeria in 1866 when two generating sets were installed to serve the Colony of Lagos. In 1951, the government of Nigeria, through an Act of Parliament, established the Electricity Commission of Nigeria (ECN) to regulate and operate the power supply systems in Nigeria. Subsequently, the Niger Dam Authority (NDA) was established for the development of the Kanji Hydroelectric Dam...

2019 Romania–Call for Petroleum Blocks Tender. A Breath of Fresh Air?
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen, August 2019

In a country with a significant number of mature fields and few discoveries made and/or developed in the last years, the Romanian National Authority for Mineral Resources has recently launched a public call for tender for the concession of 28 exploration, development and exploitation petroleum blocks, both onshore and offshore (Licensing Round XI/2019)...

Electric Sector in El Salvador
Consortium Legal - El Salvador, July 2019

At the end of the 19th century, mechanisms that transformed natural resources into energy began. The conception of electricity as a private good, which fosters economies of scale and the promotion of transmission and generation megaprojects in the sector, consciously and interestedly omit sustainable energy alternatives from a social and environmental point of view. The causes that leave aside this type of projects are based on the lack of economic profitability for investment interests...

Michigan Opens the Door for Expanded Solar Development on Farmland
Dykema, June 2019

On Monday, June 3, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) announced MDARD’s decision to allow for commercial solar energy development on land currently enrolled in the Farmland and Open Space Preservation Program, commonly known as PA 116. PA 116 was established in 1975 and is designed to preserve farmland and open space in Michigan...

Use of a Feed-In Premium for Photovoltaic Electricity
Karanovic & Partners, June 2019

The Government of North Macedonia announced an open call for awarding a contract for the use of a feed-in premium for electricity produced in photovoltaic power plants (“PVPPs”) on state land in North Macedonia, with total installed capacity of 35 MW. Two locations are envisaged for construction of the PVPPs – Azambegovo (Sveti Nikole) and Manastirec (Makedonski Brod)...

MHSA Guidance Note on Medico-Legal Investigations of Mine Deaths Published
ENSafrica, May 2019

  On 10 May 2019, the Chief Inspector of Mines published, in terms of the Mine Health and Safety Act, 1996 (the “MHSA”), a Guidance Note on Medico-Legal Investigations of Mine Deaths.Legal status of the Guidance Note:It is important to note that the Guidance Note has been compiled with a view to provide guidance to all relevant stakeholders regarding their roles and responsibilities with regard to medico-legal investigations of both natural and unnatural mine deaths...

Reportable Arrangement: Proposed Reporting Burden on Mining Companies and Rehabilitation Trusts
ENSafrica, April 2019

The reportable arrangement provisions were established by the South African Revenue Service (“SARS”) with the objective of obtaining information on certain types of transactions. The circumstances under which a person should report an “arrangement” to SARS, as defined in section 34 of the Tax Administration Act, 2011 (the “TAA”), are contained in sections 34 to 39 of the TAA...

Community Solar 101
Dykema, March 2019

Texas LawyerMarch 14, 2019By Rodrigo Figueroa According to ERCOT, the entity that oversees 90 percent of the State’s grid, as of January 2019 there was nearly 1,500 megawatts of installed utility-scale solar capacity in the ERCOT region, with that number expected to almost triple to 4,300 megawatts by the end of 2020 (one megawatt is enough to power about 200 homes in Texas during times of high-peak demand)...

Draft Order of ANRE for the Application of GEO 114/2018
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen, February 2019

On December 29, 2018, Government Emergency Ordinance No. 114/2018 on the establishment of measures in the field of public investments and of fiscal – budgetary measures, the amendment and completion of certain normative acts and the extension of certain deadlines (“GEO 114/2018”) was published in the Official Gazette...

Logistic Center for the Distribution and Transportation of Oil Products
Basham, Ringe y Correa, S.C., January 2019

The President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has passed an executive order whereby he proposed the creation of the “Logistic Center for the Distribution and Transportation of Petroleum Products” (the “Center”), as a decentralized administrative entity separate from the Ministry of Energy, with technical, operational and management autonomy...

Recent Changes to EPA Coal Ash Regulations - Regulatory and Insurance Coverage Implications
Haynes and Boone, LLP, January 2019

A new rule promulgated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) governing the disposal of coal combustion residuals, also known as CCR or coal ash, raises the risk for civil claims and the need for insurance to cover them.1  The rule, which takes effect Aug. 29, 2018, revises regulations issued in 2015 and has the stated intent of providing utilities and states “more flexibility in how CCR is managed...

Changes to Rules on Occupational Safety and Health in Mining Activities
Veirano Advogados, January 2019

On December 19th, 2018, the Ministry of Labor published Ordinance No. 1,085/2018, for the purpose of amending Regulation No. 22 ("NR-22"), which regulates aspects related to the mining sector occupational safety and health. The reformed NR-22 therefore brings changes to the sections regarding the Disposal of Tailings, Wastes and Products and the Emergency Response Plan, within the framework of the National Policy on Dams Safety ("PNSB")...

Trump Administration's Clean Water Act Proposal Will Affect Many Developer and Public Agency Projects
Hanson Bridgett LLP, December 2018

"What are the 'waters of the United States'? As it turns out, defining that statutory phrase—a central component of the Clean Water Act—is a contentious and difficult task." This observation, recently made by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, understates the difficulty in answering what should otherwise be an anodyne question: Does my project require a Clean Water Act permit? At this moment, answers to this question may be far from certain...

Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Amendment Bill, 2018
ENSafrica, October 2018

On 18 October 2018, the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Amendment Bill, 2018 was published for public comment. In terms of the Notice that accompanied the Bill, written representations on the proposed amendments may be furnished within 60 days of publication of the notice...

Scotland in 2050: Oil and Gas - Opportunities in Price Recovery
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, October 2018

The oil and gas sector has seen significant changes over the past few years, led by a significant reduction in global oil prices. This has increased the focus on operational efficiency and more flexible ways of working collaboratively to alleviate the effects of protracted price deflation...

Blockchain and the Energy Market
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, October 2018

Blockchain is a distributed ledger of data entries. The entries are processed and managed by a series of different computers, or ‘nodes’, which can be running on different servers. Every computer connected to the system keeps a copy of this ledger, meaning that different parties can view and manage the same information in real time. It also makes it exceptionally safe and secure. The energy sector has been relatively slow to adopt blockchain technology...

Energy Voice: Avoiding Cost Overruns in Decommissioning
Haynes and Boone, LLP, October 2018

The UKCS is the largest decommissioning market in the North Sea. There are around 475 fixed facilities, over 10,000 kilometres of pipeline and approximately 5,000 wells. These will all need to be decommissioned over the next 30 years, when they reach the end of their economic life, at an estimated cost of £59.7 billion...

How is Australia Managing the Transition to Renewable Energy?
MinterEllison, October 2018

In Australia, we're seeing enormous opportunities and some policy challenges in renewable energy...

Feeling the Heat: the Draft Climate Change Bill, 2018
ENSafrica, October 2018

Feeling the heat: the draft Climate Change Bill, 2018 Earlier this year, the South African Minister of Environmental Affairs (the “Minister”) published the draft Climate Change Bill, 2018 for public comment. Since then, the Department of Environmental Affairs (“DEA”) has undertaken a road show across the country to solicit comments to the Bill and held further bilateral meetings with stakeholders earlier this year...

South African Mine Health and Safety Act - Amended Regulations Relating to Explosives and Competent Persons for Explosives Published
ENSafrica, October 2018

Earlier this year, the Minister of Mineral Resources (the “minister”) published a notice amending Chapter 4 of the regulations relating to explosives, binding in terms of the Mine Health and Safety Act, 1996. The regulations will come into effect at the end of the 2018 year...

The 2018 Mining Charter
ENSafrica, October 2018

Towards the end of 2018, the South African Minister of Mineral Resources, Gwede Mantashe (the “Minister”), published the Broad-Based Socio-Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining and Minerals Industry, 2018 (the “2018 Mining Charter”). It is indicated that “implementation guidelines” are to be published in the near future. What follows is a summary of a few of the salient features of the 2018 Mining Charter...

The Global Sulfur Cap 2020 - Is the Industry Prepared?
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, October 2018

On 1 January 2020, the maximum allowable sulfur content of marine fuels will be drastically reduced from the current 3.50% to 0.5% m/m. 2020 is rapidly approaching, but is the shipping industry really prepared? In this article, we provide an overview of the regulations and the main alternatives for compliance that shipowners and operators are faced with. Introduction On 1 January 2020, the maximum allowable sulfur content of marine fuels will be drastically reduced from the current 3.50% to 0...

Can Groundwater Permitting Affect the Public Trust?
Hanson Bridgett LLP, September 2018

The California Court of Appeal recently upheld a lower court decision that, as we previously discussed, expanded the scope of the "public trust doctrine" to include groundwater. In Environmental Law Foundation v. State Water Resources Control Board, the appellate court held that agencies permitting groundwater pumping must consider how pumping may harm "public trust interests...

Protection of Land from Mining and Quarrying by Open Space Covenants Under QEII Trust
MinterEllisonRuddWatts, September 2018

The Supreme Court’s decision in Green Growth v QEII Trust in August 2018 is a reminder of the strength of QEII Trust open space covenants in protecting land from development – including mining and quarrying. It’s important to understand the trust’s purpose and what this court decision means...

MEMR Regulations Simplified to Improve Business and Investment Growth
Makarim & Taira S., August 2018

Earlier this year, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral resources ("MEMR") issued Press Release No. 00022/04/SJI/2018 to continue arranging dozens of overlapping regulations and permits ("Simplification"). So far, 90 regulations and 96 certifications/recommendation/permits ("Regulations") have started since 22 January 2018...

Updates on Force Majeure Provisions Under the Power Purchase Agreements
Makarim & Taira S., August 2018

  Earlier this year, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (the “MEMR”) issued Regulation Number 10 of 2018 on The Second Amendment to Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Regulation Number 10 of 2017 on the Principles of Power Purchase Agreements (“MEMR Reg 10/2018”) which came into effect on 13 February 2018...

The Ministry of Energy Publishes Social Impact Assessment Rules for Projects in the Energy Sector
Garrigues, August 2018

The Ministry of Energy published the General Administrative Rules on Social Impact Assessment of Projects in the Energy Sector (“Rules”). The Rules set forth requirements for drafting and filing an Assessment report, as well as the procedure for the issuance of a Resolution and Recommendations. After a 3-year public consultation process, on June 1st, 2018, the Rules were finally published on the Official Gazette of the Federation, entering into force on June 2nd...

How Do Tiered Water Rates Help Californians Save Water?
Hanson Bridgett LLP, July 2018

In the Loop: With the Hanson Bridgett Government Group     Not long ago, the state of California suffered through a crippling six-year drought, and water conservation was the name of the game. But California’s last two winters have been wetter, and water conservation feels a lot less urgent when the stuff is literally falling from the sky...

Mining Commission calls for mining licence holders to submit local content compliance plan
ENSafrica, July 2018

The Mining Commission issued a public notice on 17 July 2018, calling for mining licence holders to submit their local content plans to the Mining Commission. The call is in line with the requirements of the Mining (Local Content) Regulations, 2018 (the “Regulations”)...

New Requirements for the Connection of Power-Generating Facilities are Underway
Plesner, July 2018

In recent years the European Commission has issued numerous regulations setting out various network codes and requirements aimed at improving the security of energy supply within the EU. As Denmark is a member of the EU these regulations are directly applicable in Denmark...

A Sigh of Relief: Oil and Gas Lender not Liable, as Mortgagee, for Failure to Release Expired Leases
Haynes and Boone, LLP, July 2018

In the latest ruling from the contentious Gloria’s Ranch case (Gloria's Ranch, L.L.C. v. Tauren Exploration, Inc., 2018 La. LEXIS 1694), the Supreme Court of Louisiana reversed the lower courts’ decisions that held Wells Fargo Energy Capital, Inc...

Risky Business – English Court Rejects Force Majeure Claim in Offshore Drilling Contract
Haynes and Boone, LLP, July 2018

The English High Court issued its judgment in the case ofSeadrill Ghana Operations Limited v Tullow Ghana Limited1on 3 July 2018 in respect of a dispute under a long-term drilling contract between Seadrill and Tullow regarding the use of the semi-submersible drilling rig “WEST LEO” for operations offshore Ghana. The contract was signed in 2012 and its term was due to continue through to June 2018...

Restriction on the Granting of South African Oil and Gas Rights
ENSafrica, July 2018

The South African Minister of Mineral Resources, Gwede Mantashe, published a notice in the government gazette on 28 June 2018 stating that there will be a restriction, in terms of section 49(1) of the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002 (“MPRDA”), on the granting of applications for technical co-operation permits, exploration rights and production rights in terms of section 76, 79, and 83 of the MPRDA, from the date of publication of the notice (28 June 2018

Enforceability of OCC Reserve Based Lending Guidelines
Haynes and Boone, LLP, June 2018

2018 Summer Associate Molly Barham contributed to this alert. Two years ago, right after crude oil prices hit rock bottom in the middle of the worst downturn for U.S. producers since the 1980s, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) revised its Handbook for Examination of Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Lending (“E&P Handbook”)...

Amendment to the General Law of Commercial Companies
Haynes and Boone, LLP, June 2018

On June 14, 2018, Mexico’s Ministry of Economy (Secretaría de Economía) published in the Official Federal Gazette amendments to Articles 73 and 129 of the General Law of Commercial Companies (Ley General de Sociedades Mercantiles) (the “Law”), imposing a new requirement to provide notice in the Ministry of Economy’s electronic system regarding entries made in the Shareholder and Member Registry Books of Corporations and Limited Liability Companies (t

The Draft 2018 Mining Charter
ENSafrica, June 2018

On 15 June 2018, exactly one year to the day after the publication of the previous draft, the new South African Minister of Mineral Resources, Gwede Mantashe (the “minister”), published for public comment the Draft Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining and Minerals Industry, 2018 (the “Draft 2018 Mining Charter”)...

Striving Towards the Black Gold
Karanovic & Partners, June 2018

The first upscale exploration of oil and gas in Montenegro started in 1914, when King Nikola Petrovic approved the National Assembly's decision for oil exploration around Lake Skadar. The first well in the area of Crmnica dates back to 1922 - although it produced nothing of significance. In later researches of the Montenegrin offshore, the existence of geological structures with the potential for hiding hydrocarbon deposits was confirmed...

Montenegro To Publish A Tender For A 200 MW Solar Power Plant
Karanovic & Partners, June 2018

The Montenegrin Government plans to publish a tender for the lease of state land for the purpose of constructing a solar power plant in the municipality of Ulcinj. According to the announcement, the tender envisages a total of 6,621,121 square meters of land for the planning, construction, exploitation, and maintenance of a solar power plant at Briska gora, in the very south of Montenegro...

Comply or Face the Consequences! Contractual Compliance Required to Vary a Contract.
Haynes and Boone, LLP, May 2018

As Lord Sumption’s leading judgment of the Supreme Court inRock Advertising Limited v MWB Business Exchange Centres Limited[2018] UKSC 24 states, it is rare that modern litigation raises truly fundamental issues in the law of contract. This case, however, raisedtwosuch issues, although as a result of the Court’s decision on the first issue, it was not necessary to decide the “difficult” second issue...

Guidelines for Comprehensive Management of Waste Requiring Special Management in the Hydrocarbons Sector
Haynes and Boone, LLP, May 2018

The Administrative provisions that set forth the guidelines for comprehensive management of waste requiring special management in the hydrocarbons sector (the “Guidelines”) were published in Mexico’s Federal Official Gazette on May 2, 2018 and became effective the following day...

Mexico: Farmout Bidding Round 2018
Haynes and Boone, LLP, May 2018

The National Hydrocarbons Commission (“CNH”) announced on April 26, 2018, the so-called “farmout” bid process CNH-A-C6-7 Asociaciones/2018. This new bid round comprises seven onshore conventional blocks for exploration and production that are located in the states of Veracruz, Tabasco and Chiapas, covering collectively 4,580.8 km2. CNH estimates these blocks have conventional prospective resources of approximately 405.1 million barrels of crude oil equivalent...

Brexit and Continued Participation in the EU's Internal Energy Market
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, May 2018

Earlier this year, Prime Minister Theresa May said the government wanted to, “secure broad energy cooperation with the EU”, including by, “exploring options for the UK’s continued participation in the EU’s internal energy market”...

EPA Streamlining of NSR Review
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, April 2018

EPA Administrator Pruitt recently issued another policy to help streamline the New Source Review (NSR) Program. After receiving comments from many industry sources that the NSR Program should be reformed given its heavy time and cost burden, the Trump EPA has made reforming the NSR Program a priority...

The Mexican Senate Approves TPP Trade Treaty Signed by 11 Countries
Haynes and Boone, LLP, April 2018

Earlier this year, Mexico´s Senate approved the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (“CPTPP”) formerly known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership ("TPP"). The CPTPP will enter into force once six of its members ratify the Treaty pursuant to their internal legal procedures. Mexico is the first member to ratify the Treaty...

Transfers of Norwegian Petroleum Licences: Is Government Approval Regime Tightening?
Simonsen Vogt Wiig AS, April 2018

An increased number of corporate transactions and mergers have been observed in the oil and gas sector on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) in recent years. Several oil majors and traditional utilities and downstream companies have reduced their presence and, to some extent, been replaced by smaller companies, including start-ups backed by private equity...

South African High Court Rules That B-BBEE Mining Deals Do Not Need To Be Topped Up
ENSafrica, April 2018

Earlier this year, a full bench of the High Court of South Africa made a ground breaking ruling on the recognition of the continuing consequences of previous broad-based black economic empowerment (“B-BBEE”) ownership transactions in the mining industry...

Sustainability Reporting
TSMP Law Corporation, April 2018

Population growth has become the be-all and end-all for economic prosperity, but how on Earth can we cope with the extra billions of people? While “leafing” – or should I instead say “scrolling” in today’s need to sound tech savvy – through the news websites, the two subjects seemed to have captured the media’s attention: immigration and plastic...

 

 

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