Peter Wright is an energy lawyer who has been advising on international energy and infrastructure projects for over 20 years. He specialises in power and oil and gas transactions, advising on legal and regulatory regimes, procurement, project finance and commercial contracts in relation to energy sector projects, as well as on the acquisition and disposal of energy and infrastructure assets.

    Peter’s clients include governments, government corporations, developers, contractors and lenders. His experience of power projects includes advising on the procurement of new projects, on the development and project financing of independent power projects involving a wide range of technologies, including nuclear, thermal and renewables, and on the licensing and regulation of existing projects. He also has advised on oil and gas projects, particularly liquefied natural gas (LNG) transactions, and on other infrastructure developments.

    Peter’s practice is genuinely international, advising on projects in the UK and Europe, Africa, North and South America, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. He is recognised as having a particular expertise of projects in Africa, where he has worked on mandates involving over a dozen Sub-Saharan countries.

    Peter has undertaken a number of secondments over the course of his career, including time at two of the leading international oil and gas supermajors. He was recommended for Projects and Energy by The Legal 500 UK and for Energy & Infrastructure by IFLR1000.

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    Power

    • Advising the government of Eswatini (Swaziland) and the African Legal Support Facility on the introduction of PPPs into the Swaziland energy sector and on the procurement of the first tranche of renewables projects by the Eswatini government.
    • Advising a developer on the establishment of a new independent power project in Madagascar.
    • Advising Eswatini Electricity Company on the development of the Lower Maguduza Hydro Power Project.
    • Advising on the acquisition and disposal of UK power assets, including the acquisition and development of a small-scale generating plant as well as larger project financed M&A transactions, including advising on the regulatory issues relating to the transactions.
    • Advising Mitsubishi Corporation and TEPCO as developers on the US$3 billion Facility D IWPP in Qatar, a 2,520 MW gas-fired power plant and 136.5 million gallons per day associated desalination plant, which reached financial close on 11 April 2016.
    • Advising Mainstream Renewable Power Limited on its joint venture in Africa with pan-emerging markets investor Actis to create a platform for financing investment in African renewables projects.
    • Advising Absa Capital and the lenders on six solar pv and wind projects developed by Mainstream in South Africa as part of the Renewable Energy IPP program (REIPPP).
    • Advising a leading international oil and gas supermajor on its acquisition of a minority stake in a European gas-fired IPP and the restructuring of the related project bond finance arrangements.
    • Advising The AES Corporation on the Dibamba and Kribi IPPs, the first two IPPs to be developed in Cameroon.
    • Advising a leading US-based developer on the acquisition and development of eight solar pv projects in the UK (total capacity 110 MWp) and on the separate development of three solar pv projects in Japan with a combined output of 50 MWp.
    • Advising a German developer on the €250 million South West Devon energy from waste combined heat and power PFI Project in the UK, with a captive 25 MW energy from waste generation plant.
    • Advising the government of South Africa on the introduction of independent power projects into South Africa.

    Oil and Gas

    • Advising a leading European utility company on numerous LNG transactions, including their reservation of regasification terminal capacity in the UK and the preparation of their anti-hoarding secondary capacity arrangements (“use it or lose it” mechanism) in relation to that capacity and on the sale and purchase of a number of LNG cargoes for delivery into Western Europe.
    • Undertaking a secondment to a leading international oil and gas supermajor’s in-house legal function, advising the LNG and gas trading teams on capacity reservation, LNG trading master agreements and confirmation documentation, early stage dispute resolution and other day-to-day issues to advise on their LNG trading contracts.
    • Advising a leading international oil and gas supermajor on secondment as part of the in-house legal function attached to the commercial LNG team, tasked with the development, structuring and documentation of its proposed LNG import terminal in Baja California, Mexico, and concurrently on its negotiations for capacity at Sempra’s competing Costa Azul terminal.

    Education

    • Guilford Law School
    • Bristol University, BA Hons

    Admissions

    • England and Wales

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