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The resources boom continues to underpin the Australian economy and has driven demand for processing plants, mines and connecting infrastructure. A high appetite for scarce commodities including fresh water, natural gas and bulk minerals has attracted many new projects and funding mechanisms.

The oil and gas and mining industries use a combination of equity and debt raisings to finance this new infrastructure. These sectors particularly attract international investment due to the demand for raw materials in emerging economies, while PPPs enable major capital works projects in the water industry.

Corrs’ multi-industry experience stems from assisting sponsors (including overseas investors) in executing many of Australia’s largest projects. Corrs has a strong track record in evaluating, structuring and guiding the development and delivery of highly complex major projects such as the award-winning Victorian Desalination PPP.

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Australia’s largest public sector water infrastructure project

Corrs Chambers Westgarth is playing an important role in the future Australia’s water supply – advising on the largest public sector investment in water infrastructure in our nation’s history, the AU$3.5 billion Victorian Desalination Project.

In the lead advisory role, Corrs’ Project team assisted the Victorian Government develop project funding solutions for PPP development of the mammoth seawater desalination plant – fully integrating with the technical, environmental, financial and insurance advisors.

Conducted against the background of the continuing global economic crisis, the team developed real-time solutions as the economy evolved, and still achieved contract close earlier than the announced timetable

Corrs was also involved in developing the project’s commercial structure, key approval public hearings and applications, briefing government decision makers, evaluating and advising on procurement, and negotiating finalised project documentation. Corrs has continued to play a lead role advising the State through the construction delivery phase and the range of complex issues arising from the substantial delays to completion.

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Ichthys Gas Field Development Project

Corrs advised the majority shareholder, INPEX Browse Ltd, on the $24 billion Ichthys Gas Field Development project, representing the largest ever initial investment in an Australian resources project.

Corrs has worked with Inpex on various aspects of the project including the Onshore Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) contract. Throughout, Corrs’ role has involved clearly assessing potential legal, regulatory, construction and procurement issues and devising effective structures and contracts to mitigate potential risks.

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Financing projects in hard times: Export Credit Agencies are the smart alternative

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Infrastructure Reform in Queensland Part 3 - Removing Land Act obstacles

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Infrastructure Reform in Queensland Part 2 - Fixing the framework for developers and financiers

Outdated legislation is causing unnecessary problems and risks for developers and financiers in Queensland’s water, gas, electricity and rail sectors.

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Contractor beware: ICT contracting for PPPs

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Infrastructure Reform in Queensland Part 1 - Solutions for the 21st Century

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Our Experience

Australia’s largest public sector water infrastructure project

Corrs Chambers Westgarth is playing an important role in the future Australia’s water supply – advising on the largest public sector investment in water infrastructure in our nation’s history, the AU$3.5 billion Victorian Desalination Project.

In the lead advisory role, Corrs’ Project team assisted the Victorian Government develop project funding solutions for PPP development of the mammoth seawater desalination plant – fully integrating with the technical, environmental, financial and insurance advisors.

Conducted against the background of the continuing global economic crisis, the team developed real-time solutions as the economy evolved, and still achieved contract close earlier than the announced timetable

Corrs was also involved in developing the project’s commercial structure, key approval public hearings and applications, briefing government decision makers, evaluating and advising on procurement, and negotiating finalised project documentation. Corrs has continued to play a lead role advising the State through the construction delivery phase and the range of complex issues arising from the substantial delays to completion.

Ichthys Gas Field Development Project

Corrs advised the majority shareholder, INPEX Browse Ltd, on the $24 billion Ichthys Gas Field Development project, representing the largest ever initial investment in an Australian resources project.

Corrs has worked with Inpex on various aspects of the project including the Onshore Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) contract. Throughout, Corrs’ role has involved clearly assessing potential legal, regulatory, construction and procurement issues and devising effective structures and contracts to mitigate potential risks.

Our Thinking

Institutional investors and the Queensland resources sector: a new challenge to clean exit

Why institutional investors in Queensland could face serious issues when they realise their investment on a clean-exit basis

Unchartered Territory: Trade with Iran may be an Economic Goldmine

Iran is open for business following the relief of sanctions, so where do the opportunities lie for Australian investors?

When is a water treatment plant part of coal seam gas ‘prospecting’?

A recent decision by Justice Moore in People for the Plains v Santos [2016] has provided some clarity around the types of activities that fall under the definition of ‘prospecting’ and can therefore be carried out without development consent.

High Court Invalidates Federal Law Exempting Offshore Resource Activities from Visa Requirements

Following the High Court’s decision in Maritime Union of Australia v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2016], employers in the offshore oil and gas sector will now have to ensure foreign workers have valid visas.

Here comes the sun: Funding for solar energy will fast-track Australia’s renewable future

Australia’s solar industry is ripe for investment with new government-backed support and funding.

Quick guide to establishing a presence in Indonesia

Indonesia is a vast emerging market. What are the choices for establishing a presence there?

Productivity Commission caught between a rock and a hard place in finding ways to streamline project approvals

The Commission’s proposed framework for approvals processes will be controversial.

Australia-Indonesia: Time for a closer future

Indonesia’s potential is vast and now is the time for genuine engagement.

The building revolution - Building Information Modelling (BIM) on the way to 6D

Australia has been slow to adopt BIM but can we afford to lag behind yet another innovation frontier?

Productivity Commission review a ray of hope for major projects

Could reform be on the way for Australia’s infamous major projects approval regime?

Financing projects in hard times: Export Credit Agencies are the smart alternative

Export Credit Agencies are big players in project financing and they offer sponsors many benefits.

Infrastructure Reform in Queensland Part 3 - Removing Land Act obstacles

Queensland’s Land Act needs urgent reform to smooth the way for private developers to undertake important infrastructure projects.

Infrastructure Reform in Queensland Part 2 - Fixing the framework for developers and financiers

Outdated legislation is causing unnecessary problems and risks for developers and financiers in Queensland’s water, gas, electricity and rail sectors.

Contractor beware: ICT contracting for PPPs

Governments are increasingly looking to public private partnerships to solve the ever growing demand for new hospitals in Australia.

Investing in mining related infrastructure - What investors and contractors should know

Australia’s vast mining and resources sector has an unquenchable thirst for infrastructure. Billions of dollars needs to be invested in roads, railways and port facilities to support the sector’s export chain.

Infrastructure Reform in Queensland Part 1 - Solutions for the 21st Century

Important infrastructure projects in Queensland are being hampered by outdated legislation which is in urgent need of reform.

The Minerals Resource Rent Tax - All systems go?

Subject to the possibility of a successful High Court challenge, and perhaps the outside chance of a Federal Election being called, Australia will have a new tax on iron ore and coal mining with effect from 1 July 2012.

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