Russell Wilkinson

Registered Foreign Lawyer (England & Wales) Partner

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Hong Kong

P: +852.3601.9266 F: +852.3601.9100
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Russell Wilkinson concentrates on the development, acquisition/divestment and financing of energy businesses and infrastructure and the commercialisation of energy resources. He has advised on onshore and floating LNG liquefaction and regasification projects and associated ports; LNG/gas sales and shipping arrangements (including the charter of LNG carriers); the acquisition of upstream production sharing and other rights; and associated financing and security documentation. He has extensive experience of other upstream and midstream petroleum projects and of power generation and transmission projects.

Mr. Wilkinson previously worked with Mobil/ExxonMobil in London and in Doha, Qatar, while assigned to the Ras Laffan liquefied natural gas project. Mr. Wilkinson can speak fluent French.

Related Experience

Mr. Wilkinson has advised on upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas and power projects in: Abu Dhabi; Algeria; Angola; Argentina; Australia; Bangladesh; Belgium; Brazil; Hong Kong; Dubai; Equatorial Guinea; Ethiopia; Greece; Indonesia; India; Iran; Italy; Kazakhstan; Korea; Libya; Laos; Madagascar; Malaysia; Mexico; Nigeria; Oman; Pakistan; People’s Republic of China; Philippines; Qatar; Russia; Saudi Arabia; Singapore; South Africa; Spain; Taiwan; Thailand; Turkey; United Kingdom; Vietnam.

Upstream oil & gas development, financing and M&A:

  • Acquisition of ConocoPhillip's interests in the Block B PSC and associated “WNTS” gas pipeline system offshore Indonesia and Singapore, Oil Council’s “Deal of the Year” in 2016
  • Acquisition of a Japanese company holding interests in a producing block offshore Indonesia
  • A joint venture between a state oil company and an oil “super major” on development of oil and gas deposits straddling international boundaries, including with respect to a joint development area established by treaty over waters and is the subject of disputed sovereignty between two southeast Asian states
  • An oil major on development of substantial oil reserves in waters subject to disputed sovereignty between two west African states
  • The borrower on the U.S. $1.4 billion project financing of a producing block offshore in west Africa
  • PSC contractors bidding for, negotiating and financing PSCs blocks in east Africa
  • PSC contractors on unitisation of fields straddling the border between two southeast Asian countries
  • On the divestment (by share sale) of producing interests in Bohai Bay, PRC
  • Acquisition/divestiture (by bid, or asset or share sale) of multiple PSCs in Asia and Africa
  • Oil services company on drilling rig and services provision for blocks offshore the Philippines

LNG project experience includes:

  • Provision and financing of floating LNG terminal facilities at Lampung (operational) and Medan (signed) offshore Indonesia
  • A project sponsor on its provision of LNG receiving terminal facilities in North Sumatra (ongoing)
  • An integrated power (1.6 GW) and LNG terminal project in Java (ongoing)
  • Development of multi-user floating LNG receiving terminal and pipeline facilities in Pakistan; downstream gas transport arrangements; and associated joint venture and share purchase/subscription arrangements
  • Origin Energy on its venture with ConocoPhillips to develop a A$9.6 billion coal seam gas LNG liquefaction project in Queensland
  • LNG sales and transport arrangements from/to: Australia, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mozambique, Qatar, Singapore, Tokyo, and the U.S. for various LNG buyers and sellers
  • A French energy company on its development of a floating LNG export project, including an LNG FPSO, offshore Western Australia
  • The Guangdong Dapeng LNG Company Ltd (with shareholders including CNOOC and BP) as project counsel in its development and financing of the Guangdong LNG import terminal project
  • Vico (as operator) and the Sanga Sanga PSC contractors in connection with LNG sales from the Bontang LNG project
  • A confidential client on a project to make and export LNG from coal-bed-methane reserves it operates
  • Talisman Energy on its acquisition of interests in the Wiriagar PSC and Tangguh LNG Project from CNOOC
  • PT Nusantara Regas (a Pertamina-PGN joint venture) on its development of an LNG receiving and regasification facility in Jakarta Bay, including a floating storage regasification unit and mooring, a subsea/onshore pipeline and onshore receiving facilities, and charter of LNG carriers
  • Petronas on its bid to acquire an interest in the Kwangyang LNG-to-power project and associated LNG receiving facilities
  • Mobil in connection with the development and financing of and LNG sales from the Ras Laffan LNG export project
  • CPC on early development of the Northern LNG Receiving Terminal

Petrochemical and other midstream/downstream development and financing:

  • Oil major on a multibillion-dollar, cross-border gas sale and pipeline transportation project in southeast Asia
  • Oil major on establishing a shared pipeline transportation system for oil from several PSC areas in Indonesia
  • Sponsors on the QAFAC petrochemical project in Qatar and the Yanbu petrochemical project in Saudi Arabia

Power generation and transmission development and financing:

  • Project company on the Sengkang gas-to-power project in Indonesia
  • EPC contractors/IPP developers on the Ras Laffan (Qatar) and Barka (Oman) IWPPs
  • Sponsor on a 1,095-kilometer transmission line in Brazil

Awards & Community

Recognized in Beijing for Energy & Natural Resources (International Firms in Best Lawyers, 2019

Recognized in Beijing for Project Finance and Development Practice (International Firms) in Best Lawyers, 2019

Recognized in China/Hong Kong for Energy & Natural Resources in Chambers Asia Pacific, 2010-2021

Recognized for China Energy & Natural Resources in Chambers Global, 2010-2020

Recognized in China/Hong Kong for Projects & Infrastructure in Chambers Asia Pacific, 2012, 2013 & 2014

Listed in Who's Who Legal, 2013


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