Michael Dulaney Consultant

Meet Michael

Michael is an energy, resources and infrastructure lawyer specialising in LNG, oil & gas and electricity projects.

He has deep experience advising Australian and international clients on the establishment and operation of large scale LNG projects including due diligence, negotiating joint venture arrangements, sale and purchase agreements, gas sale agreements, operations and maintenance contracts and gas transportation.

Michael is a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), the Australian Mining and Petroleum Law Association and a Life Member of the Petroleum Club of WA. Michael is the former Senior Vice Chair of the Oil & Gas Committee of the IBA SEERIL and was the WA State Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia (AMCHAM).

He is ranked as a Band 2 Energy & Natural Resources lawyer in Chambers Guide Asia-Pacific 2018, and one of Australia’s leading lawyers in the areas of Energy Law, Natural Resources Law, and Oil & Gas Law by Best Lawyers Australia, 2019.

Experience

General

China LNG Project

Advising the North West Shelf Joint Venturers (BHP Billiton, BP, Chevron, MIMI, Shell and Woodside) on the sale of a 5% equity in their offshore petroleum titles to CNOOC NWS Private Limited, as part of the sale of $25 billion in LNG to China. Negotiating the documentation, including a gas production and processing agreement for the tolling of CNOOC’s natural gas through the NWS Venturers’ facilities to produce LNG, condensate and LPGs.

Equus LNG Project

Advising Hess Australia on its LNG options for commercialising its Western Australian gas resources.

Grange Resources Ltd

Advising Grange on the regulatory and construction issues for a 320 km 330 kV transmission line to its Southdown Magnetite Project near Albany, WA, conducting the power tender for electricity supplies, negotiating the power purchase agreement for 150 MW and the Interconnection Works Contract and Electricity Transfer Access Contract with Western Power.

Mumbida Wind Farm

Advising Infrastructure Capital Group on its purchase of a 50% interest in this 55 MW wind farm operated by Synergy near Geraldton, Western Australia.

Osaka Gas

Advising on its farmin to take 40% of Horizon Oil’s Papua New Guinea onshore assets.

Sunrise LNG Project

Advising Osaka Gas on the Unit Operating Agreement and the Floating LNG documentation in relation to this proposed LNG project, which includes Shell, Woodside and ConocoPhillips.

advising Osaka Gas on the Unit Operating Agreement and the Floating LNG documentation in relation to this proposed LNG project, which includes Shell, Woodside and ConocoPhillips.

Advising on its farmin to take up to a 68% interest in Central Petroleum’s South Georgina Basin, on issues arising from its participation in the GLNG project with Santos, Kogas and Petronas and on issues arising from its participation in the Ichthys LNG project.

Wheatstone LNG Project

Advising Chevron on project structuring and negotiating the joint venture arrangements with Apache Energy and Kufpec for entry into the LNG hub.

Recognition

Recommended in Energy Law
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2018
Ranked as a leading Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas lawyer
Chambers Guide Asia-Pacific, 2016-2019
Recognised as a leading lawyer in Natural Resources Law and Oil & Gas Law
Best Lawyers Australia, 2013 - 2020
Listed as a Leading Energy (Transactions and Regulatory) lawyer
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2017
Listed as a leading lawyer in Energy Law
Best Lawyers Australia, 2016 - 2020

Career & qualifications

Qualifications

  • Bachelor in Business Administration, South West Minnesota State University
  • Juris Doctor, William Mitchell College of Law

Memberships

  • Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)
  • Australian Mining and Petroleum Law Association (AMPLA)
  • Life Member of the Petroleum Club of WA (Inc)
  • Former Senior Vice Chair of the Oil & Gas Committee of the IBA SEERIL
  • Former WA State Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia (AMCHAM)

International experience

  • Gas projects in Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Viet Nam
  • Electricity projects in Viet Nam, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Chile
  • Spanish language limited working proficiency

Insights Read more insight

Resource management regulations to strengthen WA’s petroleum & geothermal resource regulatory regime

Two new pieces of legislation are expected to commence operation later this year, and are hoped to improve the oil & gas industry.

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Australia's new oil & gas financial assurance regime

Michael Dulaney and Tom Barrett were published in the 11th Edition (2015) of Expert Guides in the Energy category.

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