Module 1: Overview of the Global Oil and Gas Industry
Today’s world cannot function or exist without oil and gas. Define and understand oil and gas value chains, business strategy questions within oil and gas and evolutionary forces that have impacted oil and gas within the last century.
Module 2: Politics and Energy
Further your knowledge of politics and energy as they are forever intertwined. Understand value in terms of national security and wealth, corporate stakeholder types and interests of government and corporations.
Module 3: Access, Fiscal Regimes & Exploration
Define the oil project life cycle including access, exploration and fiscal regimes. Oil and gas companies working in the upstream need to find oil and gas to sustain their business model and continue project development. Understand the types of access and ownership and recognize the role reserves play in the industry.
Module 4: Developing Oil & Gas Projects
Learn the fundamentals of developing oil and gas projects from a business management perspective in a global economy. Understand and enhance your knowledge in the phases of a development project, key business tasks, rate of products, utilization, how to manage various contractor relationships and safety concerns.
Module 5: Production of Oil & Gas
The production of oil and gas is the manufacturing side of upstream. Keep the product available and the costs as low as possible to increase your competitive advantage. Determine upstream costs, field reinvestment and renewal, contractor supply chains, partnership management, political risk, innovation and technology.
Module 6: Natural Gas & LNG
Learn and understand the difference between natural gas and LNG. Gas is only valuable if you can effectively get it to market and continue to innovate. Determine the reasons for creating LNG, gas development and pricing. Discuss the process of transporting LNG including liquefaction, regasification and the gas to liquids process.
Module 7: Financial Management
Develop your understanding of financial management and analyzing financial data. You will learn the key components of a balance sheet, difference between debt and equity, fundamental financial metrics, types of capital sourcing, creditworthiness and the difference between revenue and earnings.
Module 8: The Market for Crude Oil
Understand the ever-changing market and pricing structures of crude oil. Nobody can predict the price of oil, but understanding the costs associated with it will help you develop your benchmark. Crude oil is a commodity, and this module will help you better understand the essential fundamentals of supply and demand of crude oil.
Module 9: Transportation
Learn about the transportation of oil and gas. Identify transportation modes; understand pipeline basics, and the various methods of transport from wells to refineries including barges, trucks, barrels and tankers.
Module 10: Business of Refining
Crude oil does not have value until it is run through a refinery. Discuss the process of refining, and how the fundamentals of downstream are historically less profitable than upstream. Understand refinery basics, cost management techniques, the difference between independent and integrated refiners and the components of the refining process.
Module 11: Petroleum Products and Petrochemicals
The global economy runs on petroleum products. Learn about motor fuel channels to market, the retail price of motor fuels and fuel standard and specifications. Using this information, develop your understanding of price fluctuations in the market. Discuss petrochemicals and their abundance. The products from petrochemicals touch everyone’s lives many times every day. Define the stages of petrochemical production, commodity chemicals and specialty chemicals. You will also further understand the structure of the industry and factors in profitability.
Module 12: The Future of the Global Oil and Gas Industry
Discover and understand the future of the oil and gas industry. Review the topics discussed and gain an understanding of peak oil demand, non-petroleum based competitors and emerging markets. You will also focus on new entrants in the industry, and availability of capital.
The Certificate in Global Oil & Gas Management will provide you with the foundation knowledge of the industry and how you can utilize the information provided to enhance the competitive edge of your organization.
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