North American Natural Gas Physical & Financial Fundamentals - NGPF 

CPE Credits Awarded: 16
Categories: The Natural Gas Industry , Trading, Derivatives, Hedging and Risk Management

Course Date Duration Venue Price Register by Date Register
30 Oct 2017 2 Days Houston, TX Country: us
$ (USD)1,700.00
29 Sep 2017
11 Dec 2017 2 Days Calgary TELUS Convention Centre Country: ca
$ (USD)1,700.00+5%GST
10 Nov 2017

5c003d5e591091d484ea3c6e8f6051f1150 150 This two-day course is designed to introduce delegates to the functionality of the natural gas industry, transportation, storage, trading and hedging. Discussion includes physical natural gas beginning with exploration and concluding with the delivery to the burner-tip.  It will provide an understanding of the role of pipelines in the natural gas industry and a broad insight to the dynamics that impact the economic decisions facing industry participants. It covers the physical aspects of commodity markets and natural gas as a commodity, discusses the influence of shale gas, defines trading and hedging, presents the main types of contracts for natural gas trading and hedging, defines and discusses natural gas volatility, gives examples of primary types of natural gas trading, and discusses integrated portfolio management for hedging and trading.

Delegates will interact with the material through a series of group quizzes and simulations.

Includes Online Pre-study Module
This course is accompanied by a preparatory course available online. Delegates will receive an online voucher as part of their joining instructions upon confirmation of registration. By taking advantage of this "blended" learning approach, in-class time and learning are optimized.

Prerequisites

As this is an introductory course, there are no prerequisites.

As this is an introductory course, all facets of an organization are likely to attend. The most likely to attend are: human resources, info systems, credit department, accountants, legal, quantitative analysts, consultants, programmers, trade support staff, secretarial, marketing/sales, risk managers.

Overview of the Natural Gas Value Chain

Physical Natural Gas

  • Natural gas as a hydrocarbon
  • Measuring natural gas
  • Common trading quantities

The Shale Gas Revolution

  • New natural gas reserves
  • Horizontal drilling and fracking
  • The effect of shale natural gas on:
    • Production
    • Pipelines
    • Basis values
    • LNG exports

Natural Gas Supply & Reserves

Physical Natural Gas Monthly Supply Management

  • Base load vs. swing
  • Bid week and physical gas trading

Production of Natural Gas

  • Exploration and production
  • Gathering, processing and treating

Pipelines

  • Role of the transporter
  • Pipeline system components (transmission pipe, compression stations, valves, metering stations, control stations)
  • U.S. pipeline network
  • LNG terminals

Transportation Tariffs

  • What is a tariff?
  • The role of FERC
  • Regulated service offerings
  • Regulatory rate proceedings
  • Cost of service
  • Firm vs. interruptible service

Natural Gas Storage

  • Geologic structures
  • Uses of storage
  • Injections and withdrawals
  • Types of storage
  • Storage capacity and types by region
  • Storage inventory:  base gas vs. working gas
  • Storage capacity utilization
  • Storage fees
  • The EIA storage report

Natural Gas Markets

  • Natural gas market centers - hubs
  • Natural gas exchanges

Market Transportation Participants

  • Shippers
  • LDCs
  • Direct end users
  • Marketers

Nominations & Scheduling

  • Nomination terminology
  • Nomination process
  • Scheduling
  • Gas control
  • Imbalances

Natural Gas Deregulation

  • Pre-open access vs. open access
  • History of natural gas regulation
  • Federal and state regulation
  • Regulated market challenges:  interstate vs. intra-state price differences, and the take or pay crisis
  • The beginnings of Open Access:  key FERC orders
  • The emergence of the spot market
  • FERC order 636
  • How the market operates now

The Convergence of Natural Gas & Electric Power

Trading, Hedging & Risk Management

  • What does “trading” mean?
  • What is hedging?
  • Definition of risk management
    • Risk management vs. hedging
    • The risk management process
  • Dealing with non-price risks such as credit, operational and cash flow
  • Hedging objectives and reasons for hedging
  • The mechanics of hedging
  • Physical vs. financial settlement

Market Instruments in Natural Gas

  • Physical and financial instruments
  • Index transactions
  • Forwards, futures and swaps
  • Clearinghouses
    • Margining and collateral
    • OTC clearing
  • Advantages and disadvantages of each instrument
  • Hedging with forwards, swaps, futures and options

Natural Gas Price Behavior & Volatility

  • Definition, measurement, and types of volatility
  • The distributional characteristics of natural gas prices
  • Volatility skews

Natural Gas Basis & Basis Swaps

  • Definition of basis, and basis quoting conventions
  • Basis statistical analysis
  • Basis swaps, basis swap quotes, payoffs and hedging examples

Trading Strategies: Optimization & Monetization of Transportation & Storage

Exercises

  • Learning objectives are reinforced by a series of group quiz questions spread throughout the course
  • Transportation tariff exercise
  • Three rounds of trading simulations:
    • Baseload supply simulation
    • Futures hedging simulation
    • Day-ahead trading and storage withdrawal supply simulation

Faculty

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