EX-5.1 3 s002392x19_ex5-1.htm EXHIBIT 5.1

Exhibit 5.1

February 4, 2019

New Fortress Energy LLC
111 W. 19th Street, 8th Floor
New York, New York 10011

Ladies and Gentlemen:

We have acted as counsel for New Fortress Energy LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (the “Company”), in connection with the Company’s registration under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Act”), of the offer and sale of an aggregate of up to 18,376,471 Class A shares of the Company, representing limited liability company interests (the “Class A Shares”), pursuant to the Company’s registration statement on Form S-8 (the “Registration Statement”) to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 4, 2019, which Class A Shares may be issued from time to time in accordance with the terms of the New Fortress Energy LLC 2019 Omnibus Incentive Plan (as amended from time to time, the “Plan”).

In reaching the opinions set forth herein, we have examined and are familiar with originals or copies, certified or otherwise identified to our satisfaction, of such documents and records of the Company and such statutes, regulations and other instruments as we deemed necessary or advisable for purposes of this opinion, including (i) the Registration Statement, (ii) certain resolutions adopted by the board of directors of the Company, (iii) the Plan, and (iv) such other certificates, instruments, and documents as we have considered necessary for purposes of this opinion.  As to any facts material to our opinion, we have made no independent investigation or verification of such facts and have relied, to the extent that we deem such reliance proper, upon certificates and other communications of public officials and officers or other representatives of the Company.

We have assumed (i) the legal capacity of all natural persons, (ii) the genuineness of all signatures, (iii) the authority of all persons signing all documents submitted to us on behalf of the parties to such documents, (iv) the authenticity of all documents submitted to us as originals, (v) the conformity to authentic original documents of all documents submitted to us as copies, (vi) that all information contained in all documents reviewed by us is true, correct and complete, and (vii) that the Class A Shares will be issued in accordance with the terms of the Plan.

Based on the foregoing and subject to the limitations set forth herein, and having due regard for the legal considerations we deem relevant, we are of the opinion that the Class A Shares have been duly authorized and, when the Class A Shares are issued by the Company in accordance with the terms of the Plan and the instruments executed pursuant to the Plan, as applicable, that govern the awards to which any Class A Share relates, the Class A Shares will be validly issued and fully paid and, under the Delaware Limited Liability Company Act, the holders of the Class A Shares will have no obligation to make further payments for the purchase of such Class A Shares or contributions to the Company solely by reason of their ownership of such Class A Shares except for their obligation to repay any funds wrongfully distributed to them.

This opinion is limited in all respects to the Delaware Limited Liability Company Act.  We express no opinion as to any other law or any matter other than as expressly set forth above, and no opinion as to any other law or matter may be inferred or implied herefrom.  The opinions expressed herein are rendered as of the date hereof and we expressly disclaim any obligation to update this letter or advise you of any change in any matter after the date hereof.

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This opinion letter may be filed as an exhibit to the Registration Statement.  In giving this consent, we do not thereby admit that we come within the category of persons whose consent is required under Section 7 of the Act.

Very truly yours,
/s/ Vinson & Elkins L.L.P.
Vinson & Elkins L.L.P.