image of Ben CansdaleBen Cansdale

Clayton Utz Partner , Brisbane T +61 7 3292 7103

Ben Cansdale's specialisation in energy and resources law has seen him advise on joint ventures, project development, regulatory approvals, commodity transactions and infrastructure in the petroleum, coal, minerals and water sectors.

His clients come to him for advice on large-scale project developments (including regulatory approvals and strategies), land access and overlapping tenure arrangements for a range of oil, gas, coal and infrastructure projects.

Ben also advises on, negotiates and drafts documentation for, a large number of farm-in and joint venture arrangements, commodity supply transactions, transportation and processing agreements and conduct and compensation agreements.

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Energy and Resources

Project development

Ben advises on large-scale project development and approval strategies for upstream petroleum and coal operations, which has included work on the Australia Pacific LNG Project.


Ben advises on the legislative regime for the coal, petroleum, gas and water industries, including the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004, the Mineral Resources Act 1989 and the Water Act 2000. His work has included detailed advice on the regulatory regimes for:

  • overlapping tenure;
  • land access and compensation;
  • cross-border infrastructure; and
  • CSG water.

Joint ventures and farm-ins

Ben advises on, and acts in the negotiations and drafting documentation for, large-scale joint venture and farm-in arrangements for coal and petroleum exploration and development projects, and gas and water processing arrangements.

Commodity transactions

Ben advises on, and acts in the negotiations and drafting documentation for, both short and long-term commodity supply, processing and transportation agreements, including large-scale gas transportation agreements and petroleum and coal supply agreements.

Energy and resources infrastructure

Ben has advised on regulatory approvals, and prepared the agreements required for, the construction and connection of power station facilities in Victoria and centralised gas, water and brine treatment facilities for upstream production projects.

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