Commercial Gas Contracts in 8 Hours Live Webinar Masterclass

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10th Jun 2020


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Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney AEST: 9am to 5pm

Adelaide (GMT+10:30): 8.30am to 4.30pm

Perth, Singapore, Malaysia (GMT+8): 7am to 3pm

New Zealand (GMT+12): 11am to 7pm


While many gas and LNG contracts will have similar elements and clauses, no two gas or LNG contracts are the same, as each agreement will be affected by the commercial position of the each of the buyer and seller as well as by the particular circumstances of any transporters and other stakeholders. Each gas project and each gas industry participant will be subject to their own unique physical, technical, commercial and legal constraints which will affect their negotiating position and the contracts that they can enter into. Understanding the fundamental elements of gas and LNG contracts, both sales and transportation agreements, and the constraints which may affect such arrangements is essential to being able to negotiate successful gas and LNG contracts. Similarly, understanding the implications of breaches of contracts will inform the parties of the type and nature of clauses that need to be included in gas and LNG contracts. This masterclass will introduce attendees to some of the key elements of, and key legal issues relating to, gas and LNG contracts including the legal levers available to manage the constraints and risks that can arise in these contracts.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the key terms for Gas Sales Agreements
  • Understand the key terms for Gas Transportation Agreements
  • Understand the interconnection of physical, commercial, technical and legal constraints foryour gas project and gas contracts
  • Understand the risk management levers in gas contracts
  • Be able to negotiate clauses which will accommodate the constraints which may exist in gas contracts
  • Be able to ensure that the key agreements for your gas project are appropriately interconnected
  • Understand the implications for breaches of contractual terms and how these may impact on contract negotiations
  • Gain tips and tricks for negotiating contractual terms for gas contracts

Featuring Our Speakers







James Minchinton

Partner | Commercial and Corporate, Mining and Resources

Sparke Helmore Lawyers


James is a Partner in Corporate and Commercial, Mining and Resources Law at Sparke Helmore Lawyers.

James specialises in energy and resource law, with a particular focus on project development.  He advises energy and natural resources clients on regulatory approvals and matters ranging from gas and product sales and transportation to exploration, mining and production activities, from landowner issues to native title and cultural heritage, from negotiating with overlapping tenement holders to Land Court hearings.  He has acted in the sale and acquisition of resources projects, companies and assets.

James advises on both regulatory approval issues and ongoing project operations. The complexity of resource operations has enabled James to see the interrelationship between multiple agreements and approval strands within a single project and to ensure that they are properly integrated for the project. James has drafted a wide range of agreements relevant to projects including gas sales and transportation agreements, coal sales and haulage agreements, processing and handling agreements, electricity and water supply agreements, connection agreements, compensation and land access agreements, co-use agreements, easements, infrastructure agreements, native title agreements, joint venture agreements and farm-in agreements.

James has undertaken a number of secondments with major mining and petroleum companies and previously worked as a statistician and process engineer at the Boyne Islad Aluminium Smelter. James is included in the Best Lawyers list, which is published by the Australian Financial Review.



Who should attend?

This masterclass will be useful to any person involved in the negotiation and management of gas and LNG contracts, and in particular, gas sales agreements and gas transportation agreements.


Topics Covered

  • Primary Agreements and Key Clauses
  • Breaches of Contract
  • Key Contract Terms
  • Risks and Contractual Provisions for Managing Risk
  • Boilerplate Clauses
  • The Intersection of Commercial/Operational Issues and Contractual Terms