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Dan LeFort is of counsel to the Houston office of Kean Miller. With more than decades of corporate legal and private practice experience, including serving almost 20 years as in-house counsel for major domestic and international energy companies, Dan regularly advises US and foreign-based companies on the development of energy-related projects in the liquefied natural gas (LNG), liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), petrochemical, oil, gas and the electric utility sectors.

Dan routinely counsels clients in connection with upstream matters including oil and gas leases, production sharing and concession agreements, farm-ins and farm-outs, joint operating agreements and landowner disputes; midstream projects involving offtake agreements, natural gas pipelines, crude oil and gas processing facilities; and downstream refineries and petrochemical plants.

Dan has particular experience counseling clients with respect to LNG receiving and export terminal development and LNG sales into and from Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States.

Representative Experience
LNG/GTL Export Terminal Development and Terminal Capacity Agreements
  • Assisted a Japanese company with terminal capacity tolling agreements and equity acquisition into LNG gas company export terminals in the US
  • Assisted an Australian company with plans to acquire terminal tolling capacity in LNG export terminals in the US
  • Assisted a Thai company with a proposed terminal capacity agreement for a LNG export terminal in Louisiana
  • Assisted a US company in developing a “LNG for fuel” project in California
  • Assisted an LNG company in developing its LNG export terminal in the United States
  • Assisted an LNG company in developing its LNG export terminal in Washington State
  • Assisted a US LNG export terminal in Oregon in negotiations for its planned capacity/tolling agreements
LNG Regasification Terminal Development and Terminal Capacity Agreements
  • Advised a NOC on a joint venture agreement with two oil and gas companies for the development of a receiving LNG terminal in the United States
  • Assisted a NOC in efforts to acquire capacity and partial control of a LNG receiving terminal expansion facility on the East Coast
  • Advised a US power company on an LNG regasification plant development in Mexico, including related documents and agreements
  • Advised an LNG terminal in Wales, U.K. on numerous commercial agreements, including negotiating and implementing receiving terminal capacity agreements and construction issues relating to the development and ongoing operational issues
  • Advised a major international developer on joint venture agreements with a major US partner for the development of an LNG offshore receiving terminal in Italy
Marine
  • Represented a consortium of international energy companies in the chartering of an LNG vessel to be converted into a floating regasification and storage facility to be utilized in Malta
  • Assisted a major US gas purchaser in negotiating a Shipping Charter Party Agreement to deliver LNG to its Lake Charles, Louisiana receiving facility
  • Assisted an energy company in negotiating a Master Spot Time Charter Party Agreement for LNG delivery into the Lake Charles, Louisiana LNG receiving terminal
  • Assisted a state-owned oil and natural gas corporation in negotiating the Time Charter Party agreement for its BADAK VI new build LNG vessel in Indonesia
LNG Sales and Purchase Agreements
  • Assisted a Japanese terminal capacity holder in two sales to Asian LNG purchasers of long-term purchases of LNG from a gas company
  • Assisted an NOC in negotiating 25 years of LNG sales to a US multinational oil and gas company for US LNG deliveries at the Golden Pass Terminal in Texas
  • Assisted an NOC in negotiating 25 years of LNG sales for US LNG deliveries at the Golden Pass Terminal in Texas
  • Represented an energy company in purchasing LNG from an Asian-based trading company with an LNG portfolio
  • Advised a consortium of international energy and construction companies on gas sales agreements and on its LNG sales and purchase agreements for a Malta-based gas-fired power plant
LNG Project Finance
  • Assisted an Australian LNG export terminal developer in discussions and negotiations with an international bank regarding five LNG sales and purchase agreements for purposes of a bankability analysis of the project
  • Assisted an international bank in its due diligence of an Indonesian LNG project’s sales and purchase agreements in connection with a bankability analysis of the project
  • Assisted a consortium developing a Malta LNG import terminal and power plant in negotiations with a consortium of Lenders determining the bankability of the project’s LNG sales and purchase agreement and floating receiving terminal charter agreements
LNG Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC)
  • Represented an LNG company in negotiating segments of an EPC contract for an LNG export terminal in Texas
  • Represented an NOC in its development with two major U.S. oil companies of an EPC contract for a LNG import terminal in Texas including management of a major conflict with the EPC contractor
Oil and Gas Exploration and Production
  • Assisted a Japanese company in acquiring acreage in North America for helium production
  • Assisted a Japanese company in negotiating with an Abu Dhabi NOC in connection with onshore petroleum concession agreements related to enhanced oil recovery
  • Assisted a U.S. company in negotiating a production sharing agreement with a petroleum company for offshore oil production in Mexico
  • Assisted a Japanese company with bidding on acreage under Mexico’s energy reforms
  • Assisted a subsidiary in numerous oil projects (Farm ins and Joint Operating Agreements) in Cambodia and Thailand
  • Assisted a subsidiary in its negotiations with a state owned petroleum company in Qatar for interest in the Laffan Condensate Refinery Project
  • Assisted a company in its Kangean (Indonesia) oil and gas exploration/exclusive operations
Gas Sales
  • Negotiated for a major Japanese trading company a gas sales agreement for sales in Indonesia
  • Negotiated for an NOC the Dolphin Project export gas sales and purchase agreements
  • Negotiated for a major Japanese trading company a gas sales agreement for sale in Thailand
  • Negotiated for a consortium developing a Malta-based gas-fired power plant gas supply agreement
  • Negotiated for an NOC the gas supply agreement for a chemical plant in Qatar
  • Negotiated for an NOC the gas supply agreement for an aluminum smelter plant in Qatar
  • Negotiated for an NOC the gas supply agreements for a refinery in Qatar
  • Negotiated for an NOC the gas supply agreement for a petrochemical plant in Qatar
  • Negotiated for an NOC the gas supply agreement for a gas to liquids plant in Qatar
  • Negotiated for an NOC the gas supply agreement for an electrical power plant in Qatar
Gas Product and Crude Oil Sales
  • Assisted a Japanese company with preliminary negotiations of Methanol export terminal development in Mexico
  • Assisted a Japanese company in the implementation and negotiation of contracts for purchase and transportation of LPG and assisted in conflict resolution with seller and transporter
  • Negotiated for a National Oil Company GLT and gas product sales contract to major European buyers
  • Prepared and negotiated numerous oil liquid sales agreements in Qatar for a National Oil Company
Midstream/Pipeline/Power Plants
  • Coordinated an extensive due diligence data room review for a major IOC in preparation for a bid on a major Canadian company’s core midstream operation involving nine processing plants and facilities including: natural gas liquids extraction, transportation, fractionation, and storage. This included redrafting of the purchase agreement.
  • Negotiated for a US power company a planned major LNG/gas purchases from Alaska
  • Assisted a major IOC applying for a license on an intra-country gas transportation line permit for the EI Bajio pipeline project including its application for the proposed Agreement of Natural Gas Firm Transportation Service and the Performance of Gas Transport Service for the United Mexican States’ owned oil company
  • Assisted a major IOC in its Pipeline Interconnection Agreements between it and a Mexican state-owned petroleum company relating to a cross-border project whereby south Texas gas would
  • Assisted a major IOC to negotiate a subcontracting agreement with a Venezuelan state-owned oil and natural gas company for a natural gas liquids storage and refrigeration services agreement in Venezuela
  • Assisted a major international oil and gas company in drafting a condensate processing Agreement
Education

Dan earned his B.A. from Louisiana State University in 1970. He earned his J.D. from the LSU Law Center in 1976.

Admissions
  • Admitted, Louisiana; Texas; United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana; United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
Memberships
  • Texas Asia Society; Japan American Society of Houston; AIPN (Former Director, Co-chair of AIPN 2010 International Conference, Master LNG SPA, Area of Mutual Interest, Model Farm-out Joint Operating Agreement, Unconventional Operations Drafting Committees, and Subcommittee leader developing Guidance Notes for the DES model long term LNG SPA)
Articles, Publications and Presentations
  • "LNG Global Export Terminals, Project Risk and Commercial and Development Agreements” to ASEAN countries officials organized by US Department of Commerce’s Commercial Law Development Program (July 2019)
  • “Status of North American LNG export terminals; primer on project risk and commercial agreements,” North American Power Credit Organization, Portland, Oregon. (September 2017)
  • “Update on LNG Projects and Agreements,” Association of Corporate Counsel Energy group, Houston Texas (October 2016)
  • Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) Panel University of Houston Law Center, Houston Texas (October 2015)
  • “Factors Shaping the Pacific LNG Market Outlook,” Houston, Texas (July 2014)
  • “Introduction to the AIPN Model Contract Master LNG Sale and Purchase Agreement and Status of U.S. Regulatory Approvals for U.S. LNG Export Terminals,” AIPN Conference, Tokyo Seminar (June 2014)
  • “Global LNG,” Tokyo Summit, Tokyo, Japan (April 2013)
  • “Introduction to Model International Gas, Transportation Agreements, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators,” Japan Subchapter Conference (March 2013)
  • “LNG Contracts and Project Structures,” Global LNG Outlook Seminar, London (March 2013)
  • “Introduction to Model Joint Operating Agreement,” AIPN, Japan Subchapter Conference (December 2011)