David E. Jetter

Partner

david.jetter@bakerbotts.com

Houston

P: +1.713.229.1654 F: +1.713.229.7854
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David Jetter represents clients on energy project development and transactions, including liquefied natural gas (LNG), gas-to-power, small-scale LNG, gas pipelines, petrochemicals, natural gas liquids (NGLs), wind, solar, energy storage, shipping and mining. Clients rely on David to provide them with practical solutions to structure and negotiate their complex projects and transactions. Clients regularly seek David's advice on energy projects in the United States and internationally, including Latin America. David is proficient in Spanish.

David is recognized as a Band 1 lawyer for Projects: LNG by Chambers USA. Clients have provided the following comments on David, as reported by Chambers & Partners

"He is someone who will drive the transaction through from beginning to end." (Chambers & Partners, 2018)

"He is a very strong lawyer technically and commercially. He is highly efficient and dependable, and about as hard-working as they come." (Chambers & Partners, 2018)

David is "wonderful to work with, has great industry experience and is current in his knowledge of the oil and gas business." (Chambers & Partners, 2019)

David is a "broad-based and strong projects player." (Chambers & Partners, 2020)

"He is very easy to deal with." (Chambers & Partners, 2020)

David previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable E. Grady Jolly of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Related Experience

LNG Liquefaction, Tolling and Sale and Purchase Agreements (SPAs)

  • Cheniere Energy, Inc. – development of Sabine Pass and Corpus Christi LNG liquefaction export facilities, including preparation of LNG SPAs
  • Tellurian Inc. – development of integrated Driftwood LNG project including negotiation of LNG SPAs and project structuring
  • Jordan Cove Energy Project – development of LNG liquefaction project including negotiation of liquefaction tolling agreements and related agreements
  • U.S. gulf coast liquefaction project – development of liquefaction tolling agreement and LNG sale and purchase agreement
  • Tolling customer – negotiation of liquefaction tolling agreement for U.S. liquefaction project
  • Tolling customer – negotiation of potential liquefaction tolling agreement for the Freeport LNG facility
  • Energy company – negotiation of capacity sharing, operations and maintenance and related agreements in connection with proposed joint venture at the Freeport LNG facility
  • Brass LNG Ltd. – development of LNG liquefaction project in Nigeria, including LNG SPA negotiations

LNG Regasification and Gas-to-Power

  • LNG supplier and project sponsor – development of proposed LNG-to-power project in Chile including negotiation of LNG SPAs, terminal use agreement, project financing agreements, and equity arrangements
  • Chilean electric utility – review of LNG terminal use agreement for the Mejillones LNG receiving terminal and preparation of binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) for LNG sales
  • Gazprom Marketing & Trading USA – negotiation of assignment of LNG regasification capacity at the Energia Costa Azul terminal in Baja California, Mexico
  • Gazprom Marketing & Trading USA – negotiation of LNG terminal use agreement for potential LNG regasification terminal in Canada, LNG terminal use agreement for U.S. LNG terminal and synthetic tolling arrangement for other U.S. LNG terminal
  • LNG supplier – early-stage development of potential LNG-to-power projects in Latin America

Small-Scale LNG

  • Mexican company – development of proposed LNG liquefaction plants and review of LNG sales transactions
  • Small-scale LNG developer in Nigeria – preparation of LNG and gas sale and purchase agreements, development of terms to acquire LNG-fueled trucks from China and related financing issues
  • U.S. small-scale LNG developer – preparation of LNG fuel sales agreements for two small-scale LNG liquefaction projects
  • U.S. LNG liquefaction company – development of potential truck rack for LNG fuel sales from large-scale LNG liquefaction plant
  • Chart Energy & Chemicals – negotiation of sale of liquefaction equipment to small-scale LNG project

Gas Pipelines and Other Midstream

  • Apache – preparation of joint operating agreement term sheets for development of facilities to transport condensate from wellhead to gas processing and LNG liquefaction facilities of Wheatstone LNG project
  • Mexican company – negotiation of gas purchase agreement for sales of gas from the United States to Mexico
  • LNG liquefaction company – negotiation of gas purchase from Permian basin to proposed U.S. Gulf Coast liquefaction project, including development of proposed gas pipeline
  • U.S. gas producer – preparation of term sheets for sale of natural gas to existing and proposed LNG liquefaction projects
  • Gazprom Marketing & Trading USA – negotiation of assignments of gas transportation capacity on the Gasoducto Bajanorte and North Baja pipelines
  • LNG liquefaction company – development of gas pipeline capacity arrangement agreement

Petrochemicals and NGLs

  • Shell Chemicals – negotiation of proposed joint venture for enhanced oil recovery business
  • U.S ethane export developer – review of legal issues regarding export of natural gas liquids (NGLs) from the United States
  • U.S. petrochemical developer – preparation of synthetic tolling arrangement term sheet for proposed methanol plant
  • Mexican company – negotiation of purchase of cryogenic storage tanks to be used in ethane import project

Wind and Solar

  • Globeleq Mesoamerica Energy – assistance on project financing of 50 megawatt Orosi wind project in Costa Rica
  • DeWind SWI Wind Farms – development of a joint venture company to develop wind farms in Texas
  • BP Alternative Energy – development of the 124.5 megawatt Goshen II wind farm in Bonneville County, Idaho
  • BP Alternative Energy – assistance on development of the 300.5 megawatt Cedar Creek wind farm
  • BP Alternative Energy – assistance on ancillary documents for Flat Ridge Wind Project
  • U.S. company – preparation of lease, EPC contract and development agreement for residential solar project

Energy Storage

  • Subsidiary of a global independent power producer – development of utility-scale energy storage project in Johnson City, New York, the largest lithium-ion battery in commercial service on the U.S. power grid at the time it was completed

Shipping

  • Shipbuilder – preparation of engineering and professional services agreement for proposed floating LNG facility
  • Marine Well Containment Company – development of secondment agreement, services agreements and other documents for emergency oil spill response in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico
  • ENGIE – negotiation of sub-charter for an LNG floating storage regasification unit (FSRU)
  • Pacific Stratus Energy Colombia Corp. – negotiation of services agreement for floating LNG liquefaction facility

Mining

  • Australian mining company – Texas law review of mineral rights agreement

Awards & Community

Recognized for Projects: LNG by Chambers USA, 2018 & 2019 (Band 2); 2020 (Band 1)

Listed in Who's Who Legal: Energy, Law Business Research Ltd, 2015, 2016

Recognized by Latinvex as one of "Latin America's Rising Legal Stars," 2015

Fulbright Scholar, Binational Business Program, Mexico City, 2000-2001

News

Thought Leadership

The FSRU Time Charter Party - Time for a Rethink?

External Article

Floating storage and regasification units (“FSRUs”) play a significant role in the LNG industry.  The first FSRU commenced operations in 2005 and, as of February 2020, there were 24 FSRUs in operation at LNG import projects worldwide.[1]  Whilst this only represents roughly one sixth of the existing LNG import terminals, in recent years there has been a growing trend towards the increased use of FSRUs for LNG import projects, especially in new LNG importing countries.[2]

 

Events

Recent

LNG2019 - Shanghai

Baker Botts is proud to be a part of the LNG 2019 Summit in Shanghai, the 19th International Conference and Exhibition on Liquefied Natural Gas, presented by the International Gas Union (IGU), Gas Technology Institute (GTI) and the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR). LNG2019 will be the largest LNG event ever held in China, the world's fastest growing LNG market.