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Natural Gas Future (Past Peak Oil)

This course is about the increasing importance of natural gas in the energy mix both domestically and worldwide. This simple commodity now provides the majority of fuel for generating US electrical power, supplanting coal for the first time. Global gas projects dominate the list of world projects investments, particularly in LNG, and include a growing number of pipeline projects as well. There is also exposure to concepts, tools, terms, players and principles regarding commodity markets, trading activities, gathering/processing, distribution/transmission, storage facilities and industry corporate structures. A selective overview of forward trends in energy is provided, including: Advances in nuclear fusion technology, super conductors and batteries, reciprocating engines and gas turbines, solar and wind power, geothermal power, ocean energy sources and some exotic options.

Full Course Description

Some areas of review for this introductory course include:

  • Energy industry overview (comparison of crude and natural gas markets).
  • The Unconventional Revolution (laterals, fracking, environmental issues).
  • Pipeline infrastructure, operations, storage facilities and trends.
  • LNG operations, markets and major projects.
  • Trends in global resource utilization and market implications (pricing, geopolitics, power).
  • Transition Point – The Natural Gas Future (Past Peak Oil Consumption).
  • Alternative fuels evolution, economics and direction.
  • Future energy trends and power generation technology advances.

This program is ideal for companies and individuals interested in understanding how the energy sector is undergoing substantial structural changes globally. Surging US unconventional resource production is pushing the boundaries. Technology advances are securing a cleaner, greener, sustainable future so that a “fossil-fuel-free” horizon may be seen shimmering in the far distance. Companies and individuals benefiting from this program often provide services and materials which make this brighter future possible, including new entrants (the new crew):

  • Pipeline developers
  • Oil and gas personnel
  • Infrastructure developers
  • Power industry personnel
  • Petrochemical companies
  • Oil and gas service industry companies
  • Transportation and logistics providers
  • Gathering/processing companies
  • Banking companies
  • Technology providers

Any firm or person affected by or investing in the energy sector will benefit from this course, including:

  • Crude and gas marketers/traders
  • Venture capital companies
  • Federal and state regulators
  • Refinery/gas plant managers
  • Mergers and acquisitions firms
  • Lease negotiators
  • Academicians
  • Supply and distribution staff
  • Tariff managers
  • Equipment/vehicle manufacturers
  • Master Limited Partnerships
  • Jedi knights
Industry Segment
Course Level
Introductory
CPE Credits
7
EMI Credits
3