International Energy Experience

  • We represent the national electric transmission company of Kyrgyzstan in negotiating all project documents related to the development of the Central Asia-South Asia (CASA-1000) Transmission Project, a 1300 MW transmission line to enable the sale of excess summer hydropower from the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan to Afghanistan and Pakistan. The $1.3 billion project, to be financed by the World Bank and other multilateral institutions, involves construction of three DC/AC converters, over 750 km of HVDC lines and 477 km of HVAC lines. The project achieved financial close in April 2015 and construction is scheduled to start in 2016.
  • In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, we advised the Electricity & Cogeneration Regulatory Authority on a variety of legal, regulatory and market issues arising from the plans of the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy to introduce up to 54 GW of renewable energy and 18 GW of atomic energy by 2032 in order to reduce the use of oil for power generation.
  • On behalf of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development we drafted a “Green Economy Law” and the implementing regulations to amend 28 existing laws (including the Environmental Code, the Water Code, the Electricity Law and the Tax Code) in Kazakhstan. The purpose of the amendments was to implement a Presidential Concept for a Green Economy that would introduce international best practices in environmental management, including water usage, waste disposal and management, air emissions, and energy efficiency.
  • Also on behalf of the EBRD, we headed a team of legal and technical experts in assessing the legal and regulatory framework for energy efficiency in the industrial sector of Kazakhstan, surveying the energy use of the biggest energy consumers, identifying international best practices benchmarks for energy consumption, and performing a benchmarking of the leading industrial companies in Kazakhstan.
  • In Jordan we served as lead counsel to the Ministry of Economy and the National Electric Company in the negotiation of all project documents in connection with a private investor funded and developed 375-400 MW combined cycle gas plant; significantly, due to the flexibility and cooperation of all parties, including the private investor, the government, and lenders, we were able to achieve financial close in November 2009 at the height of the global economic crisis. The plant began commercial operations in early 2012.
  • In Georgia, we advised the Ministry of Energy on a variety of issues related to promotion of hydropower investment for export of electricity to Turkey, including an assessment of the legal and regulatory framework for investment in the hydropower sector, drafting of an Information Memorandum for private investors, drafting, and negotiation of a Cross-Border Electricity Trade Agreement between Turkey and Georgia that was executed in January 2012, and development of a new market design.
  • Our experience also extends to the African Continent, where we have advised the Millennium Challenge Corporation, national governments, and parastatal entities in Angola, Bénin, Liberia, Kenya, Morocco, Rwanda, Sénégal, and South Africa on new market models, creation and capacity development of new energy regulatory authorities, and best practices in energy regulation to attract private investment in renewable energy generation projects.  
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