Energy Construction

Top priorities in the energy industry include the safety and reliability of the energy infrastructure and compliance with state directives to pursue clean energy options. As a consequence, we are seeing a proliferation of energy construction projects, nationally and internationally. This growth in energy projects has created a host of new legal challenges and evolving risks which, managed effectively, can have a dramatic impact on the success of energy project plans.

At Troutman Sanders, our nationally ranked construction group and energy section have enabled us to form a team of lawyers focused on energy and utility construction projects. We bring our wealth of experience to all aspects of planning and implementing new energy-construction projects, including financing, contract structure, environmental concerns and government regulation matters.

Representative Experience

  • Representation of one of the world's largest engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractors in a $120-million arbitration matter involving delay and additional costs arising out of a coal-fired power-plant construction dispute.
  • Co-counsel for one of the nation's largest utilities in the defense against an EPC-contractor litigation claim for more than $900 million, in connection with one of the first new nuclear-powered generating unit construction projects in the United States in more than three decades.
  • Representation of an EPC contractor in the litigation of a large dispute concerning the construction of a coal-fired power plant in China.
  • Lead counsel in orchestrating a favorable result for a major utility in defending against excessive cost claims by a terminated EPC contractor on a coal-fired power plant project.
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Rankings & Recognition

Troutman Sanders construction group was voted "The Best Construction Law Firm 2013, USA" by a major worldwide rating service in England. Since 2010, the construction group has been ranked in the nation's highest possible tier by U.S. News & World ReportBest Law Firms for construction litigation and for overall construction law.

Troutman Sanders’ energy team enjoys similar accolades, being recognized as a national, top-tier energy practice in the 2017 edition of U.S. News–Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms,” and our lawyers have been recognized as “Groundbreaking Lawyers” by Public Utilities Fortnightly specifically for providing industry leadership and outstanding advice that maximizes client value within applicable federal and state regulatory frameworks.

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