Natalie Watson focuses her practice on energy and resources law and provides corporate and commercial advice to the oil, gas, and renewables sectors. She has worked closely with national oil companies, oil majors, contractors, and financial institutions in the onshore and offshore energy industry. She has advised on energy projects in West Africa, South America, the Gulf of Mexico, the North Sea, the Joint Petroleum Development Area of the Timor Sea, Papua New Guinea, and Australia.
Natalie's experience includes purchases and divestments of corporate entities and assets and associated joint venture arrangements, farm ins/outs, offtake agreements, long- and short-term gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) sales agreements, and power purchase agreements as well as advising on FEED (front end engineering design) and EPC (engineering, procurement, and construction) contracts.
Natalie has a particular interest in energy transition renewable fuels, especially green hydrogen and ammonia projects.
She has a deep understanding of the technical and operational aspects of energy exploration and development projects and advises on a variety of operational agreements, including gas transportation, gas and water processing, drilling and well site services, well maintenance, towing and mooring, seismic operations, sub-sea installations, and port access and berthing arrangements.
Prior to joining Jones Day, Natalie advised a Queensland-based LNG project on the major agreements relating to a US$8 billion project financing and acted for the Northern Territory Government in its tender for the construction and operation of the Northern Gas Pipeline.
Natalie is a member of Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) and AMPLA (Australian energy and resources law organization).
The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.
Advised a national oil company on its proposed divestment of its interest in operated and non-operated tenements in Papua New Guinea.
Advised the Northern Territory Government in its tender for the construction and operation of the Northern Gas Pipeline, a new pipeline to connect the Northern Territory gas fields to the eastern Australian states including drafting and negotiating the foundation shipper gas transportation and gas processing agreements and advising on the project development agreements.
Advised an Australian LNG project on its master gas supply agreement and transportation arrangements and agreements for the sale of gas internationally and domestically.
Advised a Queensland-based Australian LNG project on the major project agreements relating to a US$8 billion project financing.
Advised an energy multinational on the sale of a bitumen supply business in Australia.
Advised an Australian LNG project on the structure and form of its upstream gas transportation, gas and water processing, and drilling and well site services arrangements.
Advised a national oil company on the acquisition of exploration permits in offshore Western Australia.
Advised a national oil company on joint venture and joint development arrangements for permits in offshore Western Australia.
Advised an Australian LNG project on complex capacity sharing arrangements in relation to a proposed collaboration with another Australian LNG project.
Advised an Australian LNG project on port services and marine terminal agreements for the Port of Gladstone.
Drafted a drilling program tender package for national oil company and managed tender process.
Advised a LNG contractor on the conversion and mooring of a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) and its long-term charter party in Jakarta Bay.
Advised a European multinational on a long-term LNG sales agreement.
Advised international trading houses on master LNG sale and purchase agreements and conclusion of cargo confirmations.
Advised on front end engineering, procurement and construction contracts for oil loading terminals and off-shore installations in West Africa.
Advised on seismic, drilling, sub-sea installation, towing, and mooring operations in West Africa, South America, the Gulf of Mexico, and the North Sea.
Advised an international contractor on long-term floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) charter parties in the Gulf of Mexico, Brazil, and Indonesia.
- College of Law (England) (Legal Practice Course 1996); University of Bristol (England) (M.Sc. 1993)
- England & Wales and Queensland