Paul Green is a highly experienced construction and engineering partner with a focus on major infrastructure and energy generation projects. As well as drafting project specific bespoke EPC and O&M contracts, Paul is familiar with the standard forms of contract used as the base for large infrastructure projects, including FIDIC, IChemE, NEC and MF/1. He has specific expertise in all forms of renewable energy infrastruture including wind (on and off-shore), solar, biomass and energy from waste. His experience extends to traditional power generation and CCGT plants. Paul is the UK head of Gowling WLG's Nuclear Sector team.
Paul is able to assist experienced players, but also parties entering these sectors for the first time to fully understand the unique risks involved and how to manage them. As well as advising on mega projects such as the A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down (Stonehenge) road/tunnel project and the 175 turbine London Array offshore wind farm, Paul has assisted smaller developers and contractors. Such projects have included the erection of 2-3 wind turbines on numerous sites across the UK, small-scale biomass projects and anaerobic digestion facilities for farmers.
Time is usually money on construction and engineering projects. Delays in commencing works can cost all parties, but the risks in proceeding without proper documentation in place are significant. Paul's extensive knowledge of the industry, its risks and commercial norms, enables him to assist all parties to agree robust but fair contracts and ancillary documents so they can concentrate on getting their projects underway.
Paul enjoys the fact that his work involves creating something tangible, whether it is a new wind farm, a football stadium, school, hospital or a highway. So he never loses sight of the overall objective – that all parties to the contracts he advises on have the same ultimate aim, which is to see something built.
Paul is primarily based in Gowling WLG's Birmingham and London offices but his work is increasingly international. He has undertaken projects in Denmark, Germany, France, Saudi Arabia and most recently spent two years in Dubai.
- Advising Highways England on the NEC4 contract for the A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down (Stonehenge) road/tunnel project.
- Advising on projects relating to the decommissioning of the UK's existing fleet of nuclear power stations, including acting for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
- Providing specific advice on nuclear law and nuclear liability to companies looking to be involved in the construction of a new fleet of nuclear power stations in the UK.
- Helping a major European energy company on a worldwide framework agreement for the supply, installation, operation and maintenance of 1GW of wind turbine capacity in various countries around the world. This required Paul creating an agreement for the client that could secure the supply of wind turbines over a three-year period with flexibility for those turbines to be delivered if and when suitable sites were identified. Bespoke drafting was required to deal with issues such as long-term storage and delivery to sites as diverse as central Europe and the USA. Call-off agreements needed to be capable of being adopted for use in the particular jurisdiction in which the turbines were to be erected.