On March 17, 2021, U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.) and U.S. Representatives Marc Veasey (D-Texas) and David McKinley (R-W.Va.) introduced the Storing CO2 And Lowering Emissions (SCALE) Act. The bill is intended to help develop infrastructure buildout to transport CO2 from the capture site to be used as feedstock for the manufacture of other products, to oilfields where it is injected to enhance oil recovery, or to underground storage locations.  CO2 capture projects are expensive and the EPA permitting process for storage facilities is lengthy.  Thus, project financing and permitting are key drivers to determine the speed and scope at which global climate goals with respect to greenhouse gas reduction are achieved.  The 45Q tax credit for carbon capture and sequestration incentivizes carbon capture but is not by itself economically sufficient to provide the necessary equipment and transportation infrastructure.

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The Resolution That Establishes the Goods Whose Import and Export Are Subject to Regulations Issued by the Ministry of Energy was officially suspended by the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Energy through a publication in the Federal Official Gazette.

This Legal Update details the content of such publication.

 

In November we wrote about the UK’s National Security and Investment Bill, which promises to give rise to the most significant changes to the treatment of mergers and acquisitions in the UK for many years. In January, we discussed the Bill at more length at the Mayer Brown Oil & Gas Lawyers’ Forum and

On January 27, 2021, President Biden signed Executive Order 14008, Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad (the “Order”). The Order sets forth the Biden administration’s policies to address climate change through both foreign and domestic policies and demonstrates the administration’s intent to make addressing climate change a top priority for nearly every department

Since US President Biden’s inauguration, the Biden administration has taken several actions to restrict the issuance of oil and gas permits for production on federal public lands and federal offshore waters, but the extent of the shift in policy undertaken remains uncertain as the US Department of Interior has continued to issue permits for drilling

On January 20, 2021, US President Joseph Biden signed a series of executive orders, including one titled “Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis.” This executive order contains a series of directives to federal agencies and departments that will significantly impact the energy sector and signals the high

Although the incoming Biden administration has put forth bits and pieces of a variety of potential tax reforms and incentives, two focus areas have clearly emerged—a reduction or rollback of certain provisions of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and a focus on clean energy and reducing carbon emissions (while promoting US-based manufacturing). Policy

On December 21, 2020, the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (“ANP”) published (i) Resolution No. 835/2020, which extends the effective term of certain ANP resolutions with measures related to the public health emergency situation caused by COVID-19 (“Resolution No. 835”), and (ii) Resolution No. 836/2020, which defines the procedures to be followed by entities regulated by the ANP that perform oil and natural gas exploration and production activities, also in consideration of the COVID-19 situation (“Resolution No. 836”).


Continue Reading Brazil’s National Agency of Petroleum Publishes Resolutions Maintaining Measures Related to COVID-19

In a speech on 24 November 1992, marking her Ruby Jubilee on the throne, Queen Elizabeth II said, “1992 is not a year on which I shall look back with undiluted pleasure. In the words of one of my more sympathetic correspondents, it has turned out to be an annus horribilis.”

Annus horribilis. This is a moniker that oil and gas insiders might well apply to 2020 given the disastrous effects on the industry from Covid-19 pandemic (“Pandemic”) and its accompanying recession which brought a precipitous fall in demand and price. Indeed, in May the price of crude oil briefly went negative for the first time in history. This was followed by massive layoffs across the board and sharply curbed investments in planned and ongoing projects. Several major oil companies announced profound changes in their long-range focus from hydrocarbons to greener energy.

Brazil’s oil and gas industry was by no means immune from Covid-19´s fallout. In a June 29 communique, the Brazilian Petroleum Institute (“IBP”) predicted that the negative effects of the pandemic would last through the end of 2021. In addition, the pandemic returned Brazil to recession after three years of modest recovery. Despite this adversity, the Brazilian oil and gas sector, led by a proactive National Petroleum Agency (“ANP”), managed to largely maintain focus on long-term industry goals, benefiting from certain short-term regulatory relief discussed below.


Continue Reading When the Going Gets Tough the Tough get Going: Brazil Oil & Gas Thrives Despite the Pandemic

2020 was a fascinating year for all lawyers in the global oil & gas sector.

Over the year we had some brilliant speakers leading discussions with industry lawyers through our oil & gas lawyers’ forum – click on this link to see what we discussed.

Our sessions usually take place on Wednesday mornings (UK