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Nina Howell is counsel in the London office of King & Spalding and is a member of the firm’s global energy group. She has extensive experience advising a range of energy companies on energy and infrastructure projects around the world, as well as on cross-border pipelines, upstream joint ventures, unitisation and other projects in the oil and gas sector. Over the last eight years or so Nina has developed a particular expertise in the LNG sector, having advised on major LNG import and export projects across Africa, Australia, Europe, South America and the US. Nina also has extensive experience advising clients on acquisitions and disposals of interests in the energy sector, both by way of sale of share capital and asset sales.

Prior to joining King & Spalding, Nina spent three years in the projects and energy group in the London office of another U.S. firm and more than six years in the projects and project finance group of a magic circle law firm in London which included a secondment to BP.  She also has in-house experience from her time working in the legal department of the BG Group.

In 2016 Chambers UK for Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas said that “Nina Howell impresses clients with her “extremely good understanding of the concepts” and her ability to “put them into plain language.” Sources say: “She’s a joy to work with and a very good lawyer.”

In 2015 Chambers UK for Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas said that Nina “provides fast turnaround times, practical solutions and quality results," and that “she is particularly well regarded for her practice in the LNG arena, where she has good knowledge of the industry.”

In 2014 the UK’s Legal 500 recognised Nina as “exceptionally knowledgeable and experienced” in the area of energy and natural resources.

Nina recently presented a seminar of energy security in the EU, which considered the role of LNG and shale gas in the EU’s future energy mix.

Recognition

  • Chambers UK, Projects & Energy; Energy & Natural Resources 2010, 2012

  • Recognised as “exceptionally knowledgeable and experienced” in Legal 500 Projects, Energy and Natural Resources 2014
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Credentials

B.A., The University of Manchester

CPE, College of Law, London, UK

L.P.C., College of Law, London, UK

England and Wales

The Law Society of England and Wales

AIPN

French

Spanish (conversational)

Matters

Sales and Disposals: Ophir Energy in respect of the farm-out of 50% of its interests in two production sharing contracts for pre-salt acreage in Gabon. The matter included negotiation of the farm-out agreement and joint operating agreement.

Advising BP on the disposal (by way of an asset sale) of 50% of interests in the In Salah and In Amenas fields in Algeria.

Advising MOL on the disposal of upstream interests in Tunisia.

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Sales and Disposals: Ophir Energy in respect of the farm-out of 50% of its interests in two production sharing contracts for pre-salt acreage in Gabon. The matter included negotiation of the farm-out agreement and joint operating agreement.

Advising BP on the disposal (by way of an asset sale) of 50% of interests in the In Salah and In Amenas fields in Algeria.

Advising MOL on the disposal of upstream interests in Tunisia.

Advising Sumitomo Corporation on the disposal of all of its shares in its subsidiary Petro Summit Investment UK Limited (PSUIK) to Idemitsu Kosan.  PSUIK owned a portfolio of exploration and production assets in the UK North Sea.  The matter included extensive advice on residual decommissioning liability.

Advising BP on the sale of its interests in the DZO Unit, Venezuela to Perenco.

LNG: Advising Anadarko on various aspects of its participation in the proposed $50 billion+ Mozambique LNG export project, including on the complex unitisation and unit operating agreement for the Mamba/Prosperidade of straddling reservoirs and arrangements for the development, operation and use of common facilities.

Advising BP in respect of gas supply arrangements for the proposed second Train of the Damietta LNG Project in Egypt.

Advising BG on its participation in the proposed Olokola (OK) LNG project in Nigeria.

Advising Noble Energy on the proposed LNG export project in Cyprus: the first LNG export project in the EU.

Advising Santos in respect of various LNG sale and purchase agreements for the Gladstone LNG Project in Queensland, Australia. The project will be the world's largest to convert coal-seam gas to LNG.

Providing a legal opinion to ConocoPhillips and Origin Energy in respect of the enforceability under English law of two different LNG Sale and Purchase Agreement for the Australian Pacific LNG Project.

Advising Pacific LNG in respect of a proposed LNG export project in Papua New Guinea, including the LNG Sale and Purchase Agreement (term sheet and SPA), equity funding agreement, shareholders' agreement, LNG processing agreement and pre-pay agreement.

Advising Gate terminal B.V. (a joint venture between Gasunie and Vopak) on the supply of LNG for the commissioning of first LNG import terminal in the Netherlands.

Advising BG on all aspects of the first regasification project in Chile (Quintero) including the shareholders’ agreement, gas supply and LNG off-take arrangements.

Pipelines: Advising a US Sponsor/West African electricity utility joint venture vehicle, in its capacity as (i) owner and operator of a combined cycle thermal power plant, and (ii) sole foundation customer, in respect of the purchase and transportation of gas through the West African Gas Pipeline.

Advising Gazprom on all legal aspects of the proposed South Stream Pipeline, a cross border pipeline to transport gas from Russia across the Black Sea to western European markets including advice on structuring the project and exemptions from third party access and unbundling under the EU’s Third Gas Directive.

Advising Shell on its potential investment in a cross border project in the Caspian region (KCTS pipeline project), including in respect of commercial structuring, host government agreements and the intergovernmental agreement.

Oil and Gas: Advising BP in respect of the negotiation of interests under a production sharing contract (EPSA IV) in Libya.

Advising BP on the disposal of exploration and production interests (and connected processing transportation and sales arrangements) derived under production sharing contracts, contracts of association and service contracts in North Africa, Central Asia and South America.

Advising Total in respect of the potential acquisition of certain companies holding assets in the United Kingdom North Sea including unitised fields.

Advising the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as the host Government on upstream and downstream components of its proposed Natural Gas Initiative, including designing an appropriate regime for exploration and production activities and considering core projects proposed by interested International Oil Companies. This involved a comparative study of production sharing arrangements in all major oil producing countries.

Advising a large international bank in respect of the provision of bridging finance to a US trading entity and utility with gas storage and processing facilities in the UK.

Advising the investment branch of an international bank on the provision of a credit facility for the acquisition of an interest in a unitised North Sea field.

Advising the Ghanaian state electricity generator (VRA) over a five year period in respect of the expansion of a 330MW thermal power plant to a 660MW combined cycle thermal power plant at Takoradi in the western region of Ghana.

Matters

Sales and Disposals: Ophir Energy in respect of the farm-out of 50% of its interests in two production sharing contracts for pre-salt acreage in Gabon. The matter included negotiation of the farm-out agreement and joint operating agreement.

Advising BP on the disposal (by way of an asset sale) of 50% of interests in the In Salah and In Amenas fields in Algeria.

Advising MOL on the disposal of upstream interests in Tunisia.

See more
Icon close

Close

Matters

Sales and Disposals: Ophir Energy in respect of the farm-out of 50% of its interests in two production sharing contracts for pre-salt acreage in Gabon. The matter included negotiation of the farm-out agreement and joint operating agreement.

Advising BP on the disposal (by way of an asset sale) of 50% of interests in the In Salah and In Amenas fields in Algeria.

Advising MOL on the disposal of upstream interests in Tunisia.

Advising Sumitomo Corporation on the disposal of all of its shares in its subsidiary Petro Summit Investment UK Limited (PSUIK) to Idemitsu Kosan.  PSUIK owned a portfolio of exploration and production assets in the UK North Sea.  The matter included extensive advice on residual decommissioning liability.

Advising BP on the sale of its interests in the DZO Unit, Venezuela to Perenco.

LNG: Advising Anadarko on various aspects of its participation in the proposed $50 billion+ Mozambique LNG export project, including on the complex unitisation and unit operating agreement for the Mamba/Prosperidade of straddling reservoirs and arrangements for the development, operation and use of common facilities.

Advising BP in respect of gas supply arrangements for the proposed second Train of the Damietta LNG Project in Egypt.

Advising BG on its participation in the proposed Olokola (OK) LNG project in Nigeria.

Advising Noble Energy on the proposed LNG export project in Cyprus: the first LNG export project in the EU.

Advising Santos in respect of various LNG sale and purchase agreements for the Gladstone LNG Project in Queensland, Australia. The project will be the world's largest to convert coal-seam gas to LNG.

Providing a legal opinion to ConocoPhillips and Origin Energy in respect of the enforceability under English law of two different LNG Sale and Purchase Agreement for the Australian Pacific LNG Project.

Advising Pacific LNG in respect of a proposed LNG export project in Papua New Guinea, including the LNG Sale and Purchase Agreement (term sheet and SPA), equity funding agreement, shareholders' agreement, LNG processing agreement and pre-pay agreement.

Advising Gate terminal B.V. (a joint venture between Gasunie and Vopak) on the supply of LNG for the commissioning of first LNG import terminal in the Netherlands.

Advising BG on all aspects of the first regasification project in Chile (Quintero) including the shareholders’ agreement, gas supply and LNG off-take arrangements.

Pipelines: Advising a US Sponsor/West African electricity utility joint venture vehicle, in its capacity as (i) owner and operator of a combined cycle thermal power plant, and (ii) sole foundation customer, in respect of the purchase and transportation of gas through the West African Gas Pipeline.

Advising Gazprom on all legal aspects of the proposed South Stream Pipeline, a cross border pipeline to transport gas from Russia across the Black Sea to western European markets including advice on structuring the project and exemptions from third party access and unbundling under the EU’s Third Gas Directive.

Advising Shell on its potential investment in a cross border project in the Caspian region (KCTS pipeline project), including in respect of commercial structuring, host government agreements and the intergovernmental agreement.

Oil and Gas: Advising BP in respect of the negotiation of interests under a production sharing contract (EPSA IV) in Libya.

Advising BP on the disposal of exploration and production interests (and connected processing transportation and sales arrangements) derived under production sharing contracts, contracts of association and service contracts in North Africa, Central Asia and South America.

Advising Total in respect of the potential acquisition of certain companies holding assets in the United Kingdom North Sea including unitised fields.

Advising the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as the host Government on upstream and downstream components of its proposed Natural Gas Initiative, including designing an appropriate regime for exploration and production activities and considering core projects proposed by interested International Oil Companies. This involved a comparative study of production sharing arrangements in all major oil producing countries.

Advising a large international bank in respect of the provision of bridging finance to a US trading entity and utility with gas storage and processing facilities in the UK.

Advising the investment branch of an international bank on the provision of a credit facility for the acquisition of an interest in a unitised North Sea field.

Advising the Ghanaian state electricity generator (VRA) over a five year period in respect of the expansion of a 330MW thermal power plant to a 660MW combined cycle thermal power plant at Takoradi in the western region of Ghana.

Credentials

B.A., The University of Manchester

CPE, College of Law, London, UK

L.P.C., College of Law, London, UK

England and Wales

The Law Society of England and Wales

AIPN

French

Spanish (conversational)