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Goran Galic



Galic Goran
Goran Galic



Goran is an energy and resources and projects specialist. He advises across all aspects of the ‘pit to port’ spectrum within the mining and petroleum sectors including on project acquisition, joint ventures, project development and infrastructure construction, operations and services arrangements and off-take. He has been involved with some of Australia’s largest mining and LNG projects and brings significant experience in resources projects globally, including with amongst the world’s first FLNG developments.

Additionally, Goran advises on regulatory aspects of energy and resources projects in Australia, including in respect of environmental approvals and compliance. He brings considerable expertise in environmental and social compliance, including in the application of IFC Performance Standards and Equation Principles, in the context of significant LNG and mining projects in non-OECD jurisdictions.

Goran is sought for his deep sector expertise and solutions focussed approach. He was named in Best Lawyers for ‘Natural Resources Law’ in 2018 and 2019 and is recognised in ‘Energy and Natural Resources’ by the Legal 500 directory in 2019, he is also recommended in Doyles Guide for Leading Energy & Resources Lawyers 2019. Legal 500 Australia 2021 notes "Goran Galic is another key name, primarily focusing on onshore and offshore energy and resources projects, particularly LNG" (Project Development) and "Goran Galic is noted for his role in long-term projects and complex regulatory matters" (Natural Resources (transactions and regulatory)), and "Goran Galic is noted for his role in long-term energy and utilities projects and complex regulatory matters, particularly relating to LNG" (Energy (transactions and regulatory)).

Other noteworthy experiences includes advising:

  • SK E&S in relation to LNG infrastructure tie-in and back-fill facility development and tolling arrangements in respect of existing third party operated LNG plant and facilities in North-West Australia.
  • ENI’s Coral Floating LNG (FLNG) Project, offshore Mozambique
  • Engie on “green hydrogen” hydrogen and oxygen purchase arrangements (HOPA) and associated solar-to-hydrogen solar farm and hydrogen processing facilities, with the HOPA being adaptable for a variety of projects which produce hydrogen out of renewable power plants.
  • ECAs and Lenders on the proposed multi-billion dollar Rovuma LNG Project in Mozambique. The role includes advising on E&S documentation issues associated with the project financing of the Project and the Project’s compliance with IFC Performance Standards and Equator Principles.
  • Griffin Coal and Lanco on transitional mining management arrangements with Oceania Resources.
  • Vale in relation to a variety of matters pertaining to its Australian coal mining assets and operations including on regulatory and environmental compliance issues and mining services arrangements.
  • As principal legal and strategic adviser to Griffin Coal Mining Company (Western Australia’s largest coal miner), including in relation to a variety of State Agreement and Mining Act related matters relevant to the on-going maintenance and protection of existing suite of coal mining tenements; and matters relating to the proposed expansion of coal mining operations including regulatory approvals, infrastructure and port access arrangements.
  • Fortescue Metals Group Ltd on various strategic and operational aspects including in respect of disposal of power generation assets of its Solomon Project, farm-in, joint venture and mining rights arrangements and proposed acquisition of interests in various mineral assets outside of Australia.
  • Commercial lenders in relation to the negotiation and drafting of Guinea Alumina Corporation’s mine infrastructure EPC and mining services contract relating to its proposed bauxite mining and alumina project in Guinea, Africa.
  • Emirates Global Alumina in relation to proposed bauxite and alumina asset acquisitions.
  • PTT in relation to the proposed development of FLNG infrastructure in respect of its Cash Maple field including in respect of FEED documentation and joint development arrangements as between the proposed development consortium.
  • Mubadala Petroleum on FPSO construction and conversion works arrangements relating to the Jasmine field, Thailand.
  • Mitsubishi-Mitsui Joint Venture (MIMI), as participant in the Browse LNG Project, in relation to proposed development of onshore LNG terminal and liquefaction plant and facilities.
  • ENI in relation to EPC arrangements for the supply and offshore installation of sub-sea infrastructure for development and operation of the Kitan field.
  • Tronox in relation to various operational and project development issues, including in respect of its ratified State Agreement and negotiation of variations in respect of same.

Experience highlights



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Foreign Registered Lawyer, England and Wales 2016

Admitted as a Solicitor, Victoria, Australia 2003

Admitted as solicitor, Western Australia, Australia, 1994


Published work

  • 'An Overview of the Development of Native Title in Australia', 2000 Gold Conference, Burswood Resort Casino, WA
  • 'An Analysis of Re Calder: Ex Parte St Barbara Mines Ltd', 1999 Australian Mining & Petroleum Law Association State Conference, WA. (Awarded 'Best Speaker' Prize)
  • 'A Mining Industry Perspective on Indigenous Land Use Agreements', 1999 National Native Title Tribunal ILUA Conference, WA
  • 'Case note on Re Calder: Ex Parte St Barbara Mines Ltd' (2000) 19 AMPLJ 70-81
  • 'Review of Margaret River Resources Pty Ltd v Shire of Augusta-Margaret River & ors' (2001) 20 AMPLJ 126-132
  • 'Trespass and conversion on a mining lease: Finesky Holding Pty Ltd v Minister for Transport for Western Australia' (2001) 20 AMPLJ 190-195 'Challenges in and Strategies for dealing with Concurrent Mining and Petroleum Operations - A Western Australian Perspective', 2009 Western Australian Mining and Resources Law Conference, Sheraton Hotel, Perth, WA

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