Paul Green is a highly experienced construction and engineering partner with a focus on major infrastructure and energy generation projects. 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 nuclear and traditional power generation, including nuclear decommissioning and CCGT plants.
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 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.
Operating at the forefront of biomass conversion projects, Paul advised a major construction company entering into a joint venture to tender for the contract to convert a coal-fired power station to burning biomass material. The contractor called on Paul's expertise to advise on its bid, including advising on the terms of the proposed engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract, its joint venture arrangements and further sub-joint venture arrangements. Paul is well placed to advise, having acted on the EPC contract to carry out the conversion works at other power stations. In this project, believed to be the first of its kind in the UK, Paul's team helped the client through uncharted waters as there was no precedent for the terms of the contract or for suitable risk allocation.
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.