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Alex Blomfield

Special Counsel
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Alex Blomfield is Special Counsel in the London office and a is member of the firm's Energy, Infrastructure and Resources Practice Group. His practice centres on energy-related infrastructure development and finance and he has deep experience in the development, construction and financing of projects worldwide. Mr. Blomfield has advised and represented project sponsors, national governments, state-owned utilities, development finance institutions, lenders, petroleum producers and international consortia in relation to the development, construction, financing, sale and purchase and/or privatisation of projects, located in over thirty-five countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. He has particular experience in renewable energy.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Mr Blomfield was Counsel in the London office of another international law firm and before that Senior Lawyer in the Oslo office of a Norwegian law firm. Mr Blomfield has also previously worked in Sydney, Melbourne and Berlin.

Professional/Civic Activities

Mr. Blomfield is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales, the International Bar Association, the Society of Construction Law (UK), the International Hydropower Association, the International Solar Energy Society and the Global Wind Energy Council.

Speaking Engagements

  • “Legal and Commercial Aspects of the Procurement of Hydraulic Steel Works for Hydropower Projects: A Case Study in Subcontracting for Project-Financed Hydropower Projects”, HYDRO 2016, Montreux, Switzerland, 10 October 2016
  • Alex Blomfield and Rory Connor, “An Introduction to Project Finance”, British Chemical Engineering Contractors Association, Commercial Committee, 9 February 2016
  • Michael Rainey and Alex Blomfield, “Islamic Finance as an Alternative Funding Model for PPPs”, Istanbul PPP Week, 3 November 2015
  • “The Allocation and Documentation of Hydrological Risk”, HYDRO 2014, Cernobbio, Lake Como, Italy, 13 October 2014
  • “Trends in International Hydropower Construction Contracts”, HYDRO 2013, Innsbruck, Austria, 7 October 2013
  • “Credit Enhancement Strategies for State-Owned Electricity Offtakers”, Norwegian-African Business Association (NABA) Conference, Oslo, Norway, 12 October 2012
  • Construction and Financing of Offshore Wind Projects”, The Shipping Professional Network in London (SPNL), 20 July 2011, London, United Kingdom
  • “An Introduction to FIDIC Contracts” and “Recommended Refinements to FIDIC Contracts from Employer's Perspective”, Sarawak Energy Berhad, 22 June 2012, Kuching, Malaysia and Norfund, Oslo, Norway, 14 September 2012

Additional Information

Publications
  • Alex Blomfield, “Hydraulic steel works: a case study in subcontracting for Hydro Projects”, Hydropower & Dams, Issue 1, 2017
  • Jessica Trevellick and Alex Blomfield, “FIDIC Contracts: To change or not to change?”, Construction News, 16 August 2016
  • Alex Blomfield and Jessica Trevellick, “Financing projects: increased focus on human rights and greenhouse gas emissions in export credit agency due diligence”, Global Banking & Finance Review, Issue 4, July 2016
  • Jessica Trevellick and Alex Blomfield, “Amending FIDIC Provisions on Delay Liquidated Damages: a Case Note on J Murphy & Sons Ltd v Beckton Energy Ltd [2016] EWHC 607 (TCC)”, Energy Newsletter, June 2016
  • Alex Blomfield and Nora Djeraba, “COP21: A Mixed Picture for Coal in Africa”, Coal International, May/June 2016, 16
  • Alex Blomfield and Jessica Trevellick, “Recent Changes in the OECD’s Recommendation with respect to Environmental and Social Due Diligence Requirements for Export Credit Agency Financed Projects”, Energy Newsletter, May 2016
  • Tolani Oyesanya, Alex Blomfield and Nora Djeraba, “The Paris Agreement on Climate Change – Implications for Africa”, Energy Newsletter, February 2016
  • Yumi Ahn & Alex Blomfield, “Financial information and set-off requirements under the FIDIC Red Book”, Energy Newsletter, February 2016
  • Grigori Lazarev, Alex Blomfield and Kelly Nash, “UK Supreme Court Clarifies the Law on Penalties”, Energy Newsletter and Client Alert, January 2016
  • Rory Connor and Alex Blomfield, “Guaranteed Sunshine: Performance and Testing of Solar Power Projects”, Solar UK, Issue IV, 2015, 48
  • Alex Blomfield, vignette contributions to “International Construction Contract Law”, a textbook published by Wiley-Blackwell in January 2015 (ed. Klee), on the following topics: “Weather risk in offshore wind construction contracts”, “Insurance on hydropower projects” and “Performance security and termination payment security on hydropower projects”, “Key issues on the procurement of international hydropower construction contracts”, “Taxation in international construction contracts”
  • Adrian Talamantes and Alex Blomfield,  “SENER Publishes Mexican Wholesale Electricity Market Protocols”, Natural Gas & Electricity, December 2015
  • Alex Blomfield & Ivan Davydov, “A New Development Bank – A New Funding Source and a New Way of Doing Things for Energy and Infrastructure Projects Globally”, Energy Newsletter, August 2015
  • Alex Blomfield & Mona Katigbak, “The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank – Shaping Development”, Global Banking & Finance Review, May 2015
  • Rory Connor, Alex Blomfield & Seif Borin, “Letters of credit, on-demand bonds, and the "fraud exception", Energy Newsletter, December 2014
  • Laura Kane & Alex Blomfield, “A Cautionary Tale:  English Courts further depart from the traditional approach to liquidated damages in Unaoil v Leighton”, Energy Newsletter, November 2014
  • Alex Blomfield & Judith Plummer, “The Allocation and Documentation of Hydrological Risk”, International Journal on Hydropower and Dams, Issue Five, 2014, 94
  • Ken Culotta, Adrian Talamantes, Alex Blomfield & Charity Kirby, “Electricity Reform in Mexico: New Opportunities and Roles”, Energy Newsletter, October 2014
  • Alex Blomfield, “US legislation may pose a threat to the funding of large hydropower projects”, Energy Newsletter, March 2014
  • Brandon Rice, Alex Blomfield & Alexandra Rotar, “Opportunities in Russia’s renewable energy program”, Law360, 24 July 2014
  • Alex Blomfield, “At the mercy of the weather. Weather risk in the construction of offshore wind projects”, Shipping Offshore Update, Update 4, February 2012
  • Clare Calnan, James Willn & Alex Blomfield, "Offshore windpower: A new wind blowing", Shipping Offshore Update, Update 3, 2011
  • Alex Blomfield, "Realising Africa's Hydropower Potential", Infrastructure Journal, October 6, 2008
  • Alex Blomfield, "Making Green with Green: Biofuels in Russia and Ukraine: Part I - Introducing Biofuels", Russia and CIS Legal NewsWire, October 2008
  • Alex Blomfield, "Carbon Reduction Projects in Africa", Project Finance NewsWire, June 2008
Project Finance
  • Albania - International counsel to the project company (then owned by Statkraft AS and EVN AG) during preparation of construction tender packages for the 300 MW Devoll hydropower project.
  • Georgia - International counsel to the project company (owned by Tata Power of India, Clean Energy Invest of Norway and IFC InfraVentures) on the development, construction and financing of the first phase of its 400 MW Adjaristsqali Cascade hydroelectric power project.
  • Germany - International counsel to Seajacks during negotiations of contract for the transportation and installation of 80 monopile substructures, transition pieces and turbines for the 288 MW Meerwind offshore wind project, located in the German North Sea.
  • Greece - international counsel to Hellenic Petroleum on a range of issues relating to the procurement of engineering of design and licensed technology for the Elefsis Refinery Expansion project.
  • Guatemala – international counsel to Norfund in relation to a bankability review of a power purchase agreement for the 52.8 MW San Antonio Wind Project.
  • Honduras – international counsel to Norfund in relation to a bankability review of a power purchase agreement for the 60 MW Agua Fria Photovoltaic Solar Project located in Choluteca region.
  • Hungary - international counsel to AES in drafting coal supply contract and the power purchase agreement for a coal-fired project.
  • Japan – International counsel to Japan Wind Development on the development of 13 new wind power projects with approximate aggregate capacity of 400 MW.
  • Jordan - International counsel to a consortium formed by AES, Mitsui and Tohoku in connection with their unsuccessful bid for a 280 to 400 megawatt (MW) power project at Al Qatrana.
  • Kenya - International counsel to Norfund during its equity investment in the 60 MW Kinangop Wind Project, located on the Kinangop Plateau in Central Kenya.
  • Laos - International counsel to Norfund on issues arising out of its loan to the project company for the 9MW Nam Sim hydropower project.
  • Malaysia – Advised Sarawak Energy, the public power utility in the Malaysian State of Sarawak, on all aspects of (i) the unbundling of a full vertically-integrated utility into separate independent businesses dedicated to power generation, transmission and distribution, and (ii) privatisation of a 7390 MW portfolio of 15 hydro/coal/gas power generation projects (both existing and under development), the largest power sector privatisation going forward today in the Asia region.
  • Mauritania - International counsel to Tullow Oil in relation to the upstream development of the off-shore Banda gas field in Mauritania and the related 300 MW “gas-to-power” project in Nouakchott, including in respect of various political risk, financing and payment security issues.
  • Namibia – advised Scatec Namibia in respect of its bid for 3 x 10 MW solar photovoltaic projects and due diligence on its acquisition of a further 2 x 10 MW solar photovoltaic projects.
  • Nigeria - International counsel during the development, financing, construction of a USD 2.5 billion ammonia/urea production facility.
  • Oman - International counsel to the Government of Oman in relation to the privatization of Al-Rusail Power Company S.A.O.C. and the development, ownership and operation of the Barka Phase II Power and Desalination Project. This deal was highly commended in the Global Water Intelligence, Global Water Awards 2008, Power and Water Deal of the Year category.
  • Oman - International counsel to Veolia on the development of the Sur desalination project.
  • Pakistan - International project counsel during development, construction and financing of the 50 MW Zeni wind project, located within the Gharo-Keti Bandar wind corridor - the first wind project developed under the Regulations for Upfront Tariff for Wind Power Projects, issued by the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority on 6 October 2011.
  • Pakistan – advised Scatec Solar AS in respect of a bankability review of an Energy Purchase Agreement and Implementation Agreement for a solar photovoltaic project.
  • Panama - International project counsel during (i) construction tendering and USD 155,000,000 debt financing of the 58 MW Bajo Frio hydropower project; and (ii) the acquisition and development of the 63 MW Burica hydropower project, including drafting of civil works and electro-mechanical works contracts.
  • Peru - International counsel to SN Power during construction tendering and USD 250,000,000 debt financing of the 172 MW Cheves hydropower project.
  • Russia - International counsel to Gazprom on its shareholder agreement for the Shtokman project and related matters.
  • Saudi Arabia – Advised ACWA Holding and Air Products on the largest industrial gases deal in the world. The project, procured on a build own operate basis, concerned the construction of a US$2 billion air separation unit for the supply of industrial gases to Saudi Aramco at Jazan, in South-Western Saudi Arabia. It is the first project financing of an air separation unit in the Middle East and the only such project to have been financed wholly on a Shari'ah-compliant basis. This deal was awarded Petrochemicals Deal of the Year 2015 for the Middle East and North Africa by IJGlobal, Project Finance Deal of the Year 2015 by Islamic Finance News, Industrial Deal of the Year 2015 for the Middle East and Africa by Project Finance International, and an American Lawyer Global Finance Deal of the Year: Projects in 2016.
  • Saudi Arabia - International counsel to Delta Oil on the development of a large petrochemical plant, including advising on commercial and construction contracts.
  • South Africa - International counsel to Suez-Tractebel S.A. on the financing of the peakers IPPs.
  • South Africa- International counsel to Bayerische Hypo-und Vereinsbank AG in connection with the restructuring of a project financing for a gold mining project in South Africa.
  • South Africa - International counsel to Norfund during its equity investment in the 75 MW solar photovoltaic Kalkbult project in North-West Province, South Africa’s first utility-scale grid-connected PV project and the largest solar plant in operation on the African continent.
  • South Sudan - International counsel to the project company (owned by Norfund of Norway and South Sudan Electricity Corporation of South Sudan) in respect of the development and construction of the 42 MW Fula Rapids Hydroelectric Project.
  • Tanzania - International counsel during the upfront development of the 520 MW Rumakali Hydropower Project, located in the Iringa Region.
  • Tanzania - International counsel to Sao Hill Energy on the fuel supply and construction contracts for the Sao Hill Biomass power generation project, located in the Iringa Region.
  • Ukraine - International counsel to the sponsors of a steel plant in Ukraine on changes to construction and supply contracts.
  • Uganda - International counsel to Sithe Energies and Industrial Promotion Services (an affiliate of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development) in connection with the development and financing the US$900,000,000 of the 250 MW Bujagali hydro-electric power project on the River Nile near Jinja. This is one of the largest Power sector financings in Sub-Saharan Africa, with a financing involving 10 lenders before syndication. This deal won the 2007 African Power Deal of the Year award from Project Finance Magazine. Also advised the project sponsors on their agreement a with a CDM project consultancy firm on the registration of this project as a CDM project under the Kyoto Protocol.
  • Uganda - International counsel to Kikagati Power Company Limited for the development and construction of the 16 MW Kikagati hydro-electric generation facility on the Kagera River in Uganda and Tanzania; and international counsel to Norfund in respect of the same project’s bankability and documentation and issues related to its GET FiT subsidy.
  • United Arab Emirates - International counsel to the sponsors with regard to development and interim financing of Abu Dhabi’s sewage treatment project consisting of two wastewater treatment plants and related special facilities plants.
  • United Arab Emirates - International counsel to the successful bidder on the development and interim financing of the Shuweihat 2 IWPP.
  • Zambia - International counsel to Agua Imara during the development of projects downstream of the Lunsemfwa and the Mulungushi hydropower plants, including the Muchinga Hydropower Project.
  • Other - International counsel to project sponsors in respect of a concession agreement for a palm oil plantation in West Africa.
  • Other - International counsel to Norfund on power project development in various African countries, including Angola, Burundi, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa, including advice on joint development agreements, concession and power purchase agreement term sheets and shareholder/corporate matters.

Other Relevant Finance Experience:
  • Kazakhstan - International Counsel to the International Finance Corporation on its $80,000,000 loan to Bank Caspian, a leading retail bank in Kazakhstan.
  • Russia (Pulp & Paper) - International counsel to Ilim, a major Russian pulp and paper producer, on its loan agreement with a Swedish bank, which involved compliance with the requirements of Finnevera (the Finnish export credit agency).
  • Russia (Power) - International counsel to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in connection with its acquisition of a minority equity stake in TGK-9, a regional generating company powering some of Russia’s key industrial areas.
  • Ukraine - International counsel to Bank Hapoalim B.M. on a loan to a Ukrainian bank.
  • Other - Advised Prospector Offshore Drilling on setting up their corporate structure for the new build of four jack-up rigs by Dalian Shipbuilding Industry Offshore Co (DSIC Offshore).
  • Other - Advised Cambridge Energy Research Associates on the application of its Upstream Capital Costs Index and presented to major oil company representatives on this topic in Houston, Texas.