DATES: MAY 10-14, 2021    
VENUE: ILI Headquarters, Washington, D.C., USA      
TUITION: $2245    







Drafting contracts in the natural gas sector carries a complexity above and beyond what is normally found in conventional oil-based projects. The regional nature of the business and the need for infrastructure to get natural gas to market requires careful consideration of commercialization issues from the initial investment in the upstream and continuing until volumes are physically delivered to end users in the power industry.

This section of the seminar will examine contracts and legal structures necessary for each stage gate of natural gas development. Upstream contracts, host government instruments, and investment laws will be discussed, highlighting key natural gas provisions and drafting issues. A discussion of Midstream natural gas agreements will follow, covering processing, fractionation, transportation, and storage. A special session on LNG and FLNG will be included in the Midstream section and will include discussion of Downstream issues such as tolling and regas capacity. Finally, natural gas marketing will be reviewed, covering essential contracts for both short- and long-term sales situations. Material is delivered through a variety of methods including reference reading, in-class lectures, case studies, industry panels and, interactive group simulations and workshops.

Course Outline

• Natural Gas Value Chain
• Overview of Natural Gas Agreements
• Natural Gas Aspects of Upstream Agreements (Granting Instruments and JOAs)
• Special Provisions for Natural Gas Development in Investment Laws
• Midstream Agreements: Gathering & Processing, Gas Transportation, Fractionation, and Storage
• Joint Marketing and Separate Marketing of Natural Gas and LNG
• Marketing: NAESB, Gas Sales and Offtake, LNG MSAs, LNG SPAs, and Products Marketing
• Joint or Combined Stream Marketing of Natural Gas
• Separate Marketing of Natural Gas and Gas Balancing Agreements
• Cross-Border Gas Sales
• Pipeline Gas Sales Agreements
• LNG: Project Structuring, Pre-FEED, FEED, LNG vs FLNG, and LNG Gas Sales Agreements
• Downstream LNG Agreements: Tolling and Regasification Capacity

Course Advisor

James English is a senior counsel at Clark Hill Strasburger, specializing in oil & gas industry commercial transactions, infrastructure projects, and acquisitions. His practice focuses on: International and U.S. upstream oil & gas transactions; International and U.S. natural gas/LNG infrastructure projects & marketing; U.S. midstream projects and commercial agreements; Mediation and regulatory advocacy of oil & gas industry disputes. Before joining Clark Hill Strasburger, Mr. English worked at Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. His responsibilities included deepwater transactions and new ventures in Asia Pacific, Africa, Australasia, Canada, and the Caribbean. While at Anadarko, Mr. English also worked extensively with natural gas commercialization and marketing projects in West Africa, East Africa, Central Asia, Trinidad, Australia, and New Zealand. Mr. English served on the board of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators both an officer and a director and is currently a co-chair for the LNG SPA (long term) model contract drafting committee.

Guly Sabahi is an independent legal adviser to companies and governments on energy projects (including upstream, gas processing and power projects) as well as on infrastructure projects – mainly, in the Middle East and Africa, and related JV transactions. Previously, Mrs. Sabahi practiced for 15 years in major international law firms in Washington, DC, including as Partner at Dentons. Mrs. Sabahi is Director and Vice President for Model Contracts at the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) in Houston, TX, where she leads the development of the next generation of model contracts for the industry. Mrs. Sabahi is trained in both civil law and common law jurisdictions, and is admitted to practice in the U.S. (District of Columbia and New York) and England and Wales.