Natural gas plays a vital role in the New Zealand economy.  We have been at the centre of many key developments in New Zealand’s gas industry over recent years.

We advise on exploration initiatives, reticulation issues including open access, acquisitions of gas wholesale and retail businesses, acquisitions of gas reticulation businesses and major new gas supply contracts both in New Zealand and overseas.  We also advise on litigation and other dispute resolution procedures relating to the gas sector and Commerce Act issues impacting on various levels in the market.

We have fuels expertise in the aviation context, which is readily transferable to the gas sector.  This includes downstream fuels joint venture agreements, use of systems agreements, and fuel pipeline joint ventures (both operation and development).

Work highlights

Advising a major energy company

on carbon pass through clauses in its gas contracts

Advising a major energy company

on gas industry rules and procedures

Advising Contact Energy

on the competition implications of the sale of its gas metering business to Vector, and Vector's application for clearance for the acquisition

Advising Genesis Energy

on proposals for regulations covering gas transmission and related issues

Advising auditors

reporting to the Gas Industry Company regarding event audits and the Gas (Downstream Reconciliation) Rules 2008

Advising on the gas supply arrangements

relating to the Taranaki Combined Cycle Facility, including the restructuring of those arrangements in connection with Contact Energy’s acquisition of TCC

Our team

Grant Dunn

Partner, Auckland

Grant specialises in corporate and commercial law and has over 20 years experience. He previously spent six years with the London…

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