Projects and energy in Oman

Al Busaidy, Mansoor Jamal & Co

Al Busaidy, Mansoor Jamal & Co is 'deeply knowledgeable in regards to Omani law matters' and 'provides commercially considered advice'. Practice head Mansoor Jamal Malik is 'the ultimate professional' with 'strong ties to Muscat' and 'a vast network that he leverages to provide a full suite service'. He recently advised Marubeni on the development of an independent solar power plant. Newly promoted partner Asad Qayyum is 'very strong in debt capital markets'.

Practice head(s):

Mansoor Jamal Malik

Testimonials

‘Competent, diligent team with focus, shared skills and expertise. They have expertise in a variety of disciplines.’

‘Has a significant advantage over other firms in size and in terms of continuity of service from individual lawyers’. 

‘Armughan Ashfaq has great communication skills, is quite proactive by reaching out to us in advance on issues that may impact us. He pays attention to detail, we view him more of our business partner rather an external legal advisor.’

Key clients

Abraj Energy Services

ACWA Power Projects

Centralised Utilities Company LLC

Duqm Refinery & Petrochemical Industries Co. LLC

Electricity Holding Company SAOC

ENGIE Middle East, South & Central Asia and Turkey

G S Energy Korea

JGC Corporation

Marubeni

Masdar

Mineral Development Oman

Muscat National Development &Investment Company SAOC

Oman Gas Company

Oman Global Logistics Group

Oman National Investments Development

Oman Oil Company

Oman Oil Refineries & Petroleum Industries Company

Oman Rail Company

Oman Tank Terminal Co. LLC

Rural Areas Electricity Company

Shell International

Sogex Oman Co. LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised the lenders to the Salalah IWP Project Company in respect of a new independent water project in Salalah to be set up with a total cost of $156m.
  • Advised Duqm Refinery and Petrochemical Industries Company LLC on the $4.61bn financing from local and international banks.
  • Assisted Tanmia and IDO with the establishment of a company to own, operate and develop Oman’s first digital oilfield platform, which provides innovative services to improve the efficiency of oil and gas company operations.

Dentons

Dentons' projects team is led by Andrew Figgins, who for some is considered 'the best oil and gas specialist in Oman by a margin'. Figgins is 'a very experienced former in-house counsel for an oil major, and it shows'. His key highlights include advising Total on its upstream concession with Shell and Oman Oil Company to produce natural gas from the massive Barik formation in Oman’s central desert. He also assisted a consortium of lenders as Oman legal counsel with the $4.61bn financing of the Duqm Refinery Project. Figgins regularly receives support on these major mandates from senior associate James Lansdell and associate Yasser Taqi.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Figgins 

Testimonials

‘Very practical, real world expertise.’

Key clients

ACWA Power Global Services

Latham & Watkins

Oman Oil Company Exploration and Production

Oman Power and Water Procurement

Oman Society for Petroleum Services

Lightsource Renewable Energy and X-elio1

Masdar

Centralised Utilities Company

Oman Investment Fund

ARA Petroleum

Work highlights

  • Advising Acwa Power on Oman’s first industrial scale solar independent power project.
  • Advising Oman Oil Company Exploration and Production on the asset sale of a 10% interest in the gas development in Oman, Khazzan to Petronas.
  • Assisting multiple bidders with Oman’s solar independent power projects.

CMS Cameron McKenna LLP

CMS Cameron McKenna LLP team has been significantly strengthened by the arrival of Mary Allan and associate Charles Dolphin from Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP. The duo recently advised Oman Power and Water Procurement Company on its procurement of Oman’s first waste-to-energy independent power project. Another key figure is Ben Ewing, who advises on energy and real estate projects. One major highlight of his was assisting Al Osool Real Estate Development Company with "Pearl Muscat",  a major tourism and residential complex.

Practice head(s):

Mary Allan; Ben Ewing

Key clients

Oman Power and Water Procurement Company

Petroleum Development Oman

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority

KCA Deutag Drilling Gmbh

Oman Tourism Development Company

Asyad Group

Petrogas E&P LLC

Abraj Energy Services

Work highlights

  • Advising PDO on its procurement of Oman’s first utility scale IPP.
  • Advising Oman Power and Water Procurement Company on the design and first implementation (i.e. for a 2022 commercial operation date) of a more flexible OPWP procurement process for new independent electricity capacity and output.
  • Assisted Oman Tourism Development Company with certain aspects of its development of Madinat Al Ifran.

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP's work is 'always above par' and it typically acts for major domestic entities on power, utility and telecoms projects. One recent example was its advice to Oman Broadband Company on the $230m financing of nationwide telecoms and fibre optic infrastructure. Notable names from the Muscat office include Alessandra Zingales  and Leopold Zentner.

Key clients

Oman Broadband Company SAOC

Rural Areas Electricity Company SAOC

Petroleum DevelopmentOman LLC

Suez

Dhofar Generating Company SAOC

National Pharmaceutical Industries SAOC

Mazoon Dairy Company SAOC

Oman Dates Packaging and Production Company SAOC

Al Fajar Al Alamia Co. SAOG

Minerals Development Oman SAOC

Work highlights

  • Advised Oman Power and Water Procurement on the procurement of the $156m Salalah independent water project on a competitive bidding process.
  • Assisted Petroleum Development Oman with the procurement of a solar independent power project in a competitive tendering process.
  • Advising NPI on project-related issues with respect to the development of a secondary packaging and batching facility in Dubai.

Said Al-Shahry & Partners (SASLO)

Said Al-Shahry & Partners (SASLO) is particularly active in advising on water and desalination projects in the region. Alongside Graham Mouat, practice head Thamer Al Shahry recently advised the Spanish environmental consultancy GS Inima Environment on its bid for the development of the Barka Independent Water Plant. He also assisted Seven Seas Water Corporation with its bid for an  independent water project at Khasab.

Practice head(s):

Thamer Al Shahry

Key clients

ACWA Power Barka SAOG

Aktivco

Al Asilah Desalination Company

Al Ghubra Power and Desalination Co.

Al Jizzi Transformers and Switchgears LLC

Dhofar Power Company

GS Inima Environment S.A. 1

GS Energy Corporation

Martin Engineering GmbH

Mott MacDonald

Muscat Electricity Distribution

Oman Oil Marketing Company

Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company

Qurayyat Desalination

Rural Areas Electricity Company

Seven Seas Water Corporation

Shell Oman Marketing Company

Work highlights

  • Acting for Dhofar Power Company on the structuring and implementation of its debt management system (recovery and defaulter management services).
  • Advised the Spanish environmental consultancy GS Inima Environment on its bid for the development of the Barka Independent Water Plant.
  • Assisted Seven Seas Water Corporation with its bid for an  independent water project at Khasab.