Kirsten Sugden

Associate, Melbourne

Biography

Overview

Kirsten is an environment and planning Associate in the Energy, Infrastructure, Projects and Asset Finance practice group. She assists private and government clients including sponsors and lenders to develop and finance major projects across the energy, infrastructure and resources sectors.

Kirsten works with clients to secure key State and Commonwealth environmental, planning and regulatory approvals for solar, wind, mining, rail and large electricity infrastructure projects. She also assists clients in conducting environmental due diligence, securing land rights including obtaining Foreign Investment Review Board approval and provides strategic advice for complex environmental and planning approvals including for offshore projects within both State and Commonwealth waters.

Kirsten has also prepared cases to be heard in the Supreme Court, Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, before Planning Panels Victoria and in the South Australian Environment Resources and Development Court.

Bars and Courts
Supreme Court of Victoria
Education
Juris Doctor
University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Environments
University of Melbourne
Languages
English

Experience

Advised ESCO Pacific on the development, equity sale and $A250 million project financing of the Finley Solar Farm, a 175 MW facility. Finley Solar Farm is supported by the largest corporate solar offtake agreement in Australia, a seven-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Bluescope. Advised Nexif Energy on the development and financing of the Lincoln Gap Wind Farm in South Australia. The Lincoln Gap Wind Energy Generation & Storage Project will, when complete, include 59 turbines and a 10MWhr battery storage system and be capable of generating 212 MW, producing enough energy to power 155,000 households in South Australia. Kirsten advised in relation to the development and environmental consents, land agreements, native title and heritage issues. Represented Pacific Hydro in relation to its $A130 million Yaloak South Wind Farm before the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal to successfully secure more efficient post-construction environmental monitoring obligations. Represented RES Australia in relation to its $330 million Twin Creek Wind Farm in South Australia to secure favourable development assessment categorisation. Advising in relation to Australia's first proposed offshore wind farm. The Star of the South Wind Farm will be located in the Bass Strait between 10km and 25km off the coast of Victoria's Gippsland region and will be Australia's largest renewable energy project when completed. Kirsten has also advised on projects for Neoen, Acciona, Plenary Group and FRV in relation to the development, and acquisition of various renewable energy facilities, including providing advice on environmental, heritage and native title issues. Advising a leading global technology services company on environmental audit processes and regulatory requirements for the use and transportation of hazardous materials. Advising on requirements to construct and operate large scale electricity transmission assets in various Australian States and strategies for obtaining land access, planning approvals and consents for vegetation removal.