Energy, Resources & Renewables

The Australian energy and resources sectors have been major pillars of the national economy for many years, while the more recent renewables boom has seen significant growth and investment in hydrogen, wind, solar, hydro and bio-fuel assets, along with fundamental changes in the operation of our electricity systems and markets.

Carter Newell is a trusted legal provider to Australian and international clients across these sectors.

Our clients’ projects typically involve significant investments of both time and money, as well as long-lasting commitments to local communities, indigenous owners and impacted landholders, and the utmost care and concern for the natural environment within which their activities and operations are situated.

Our involvement can span decades, from the acquisition of greenfields exploration projects and the establishment of project joint ventures, through development and commercialisation, ongoing management of operations and final decommissioning and rehabilitation.


We provide support and advice across the full project life cycle:


Recognised expertise

Gas marketing

Negotiated long term gas swap, supply and transportation arrangements for ASX listed producer to underpin onshore development.

Land access

Assisted to resolve contentious land access conduct and compensation negotiations for major Queensland gas development project.

Mining lease objection

Acted in proceedings regarding objection to expansion of limestone mine in Queensland for ASX listed Australian cement producer and supplier.


Successfully defended proceedings regarding alleged breach of Queensland environmental protection legislation in respect of development and construction of Queensland gas transmission pipeline.

Coal mine development

Advised on the expansion of significant open cut metallurgical and export thermal mine in Queensland for international diversified miner.

Pipeline infrastructure

Secured approvals and right of way in support of major transmission pipeline for LNG export joint venture.

Work health and safety

Successfully defended a site senior executive (SSE) in a prosecution following the death of a worker.


Undertook a full risk and insurance coverage review for ASX listed Queensland gas explorer.

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