An Introduction to Upstream Petroleum Economics

4 days 15-18 Apr 2018, Dubai UAE £3,795.00 Download brochure Add to basket

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We are currently in the midst of one of the deepest downturns in the upstream industry in recent years. Challenging times are ahead for those looking to invest capital and grow their companies in this environment.

Petroleum Economics is all about the allocation of scarce resources….investment capital is certainly that scarce resource at the moment. In this environment, have you been asking the following questions in your organisation?

  • Which are my most profitable upstream assets?
  • Which regions of the world offer the best returns?
  • Which are the most fiscally attractive parts of the world?
  • How can we compare upstream projects to ensure capital is optimally utilised?
  • What is the breakeven oil price and minimum economic threshold?
  • If we could negotiate a 20% cost cut from our suppliers how does that impact the overall economics of the project?

This course will provide a through insight into the world of upstream petroleum economics and risk analysis to address these questions and many more.

By attending this highly interactive and practical course you will:

  • Understand the theory of upstream petroleum economics based on discounted cashflow
  • Calculate with confidence the key economic metrics used in investment decision making
  • Appreciate the geological and engineering inputs to the cashflow model
  • Understand oil and gas pricing and forecasting
  • Appreciate the diversity of fiscal systems worldwide
  • Build Excel-based economic models in both tax/royalty and production sharing contract fiscal systems
  • Interpret the economic results and quantify the risks so as to put values to prospects, fields and companies
  • Select the optimum projects and development options for you company

Course overview:

This practical training course will enable delegates from all technical and commercial disciplines to understand the theories and methods used to value oil and gas projects. The four-days will reveal the fundamental aspects of upstream petroleum economics and risk analysis. Through computer-based exercises, participants will construct economic models, incorporating relevant cash flow data for case study projects and scenarios.

Delegates will be provided with electronic copies of all workshop solutions and examples, and a comprehensive hard copy course manual

No prior knowledge of petroleum economics or the upstream industry is required. Delegates should ideally have some knowledge of Microsoft Excel ™ and bring a laptop loaded with Microsoft Office™ to the course.




We work with a series of expert instructors, please select the course location of interest to review the credentials of who will be delivering the programme.

Peter Wright


MBA, Cranfield School of Management (1990)
MA in Engineering, Downing College, Cambridge (1981)

The Course Director is a Principal Economist at Robertson (UK). From 2004 to 2013 he worked as an Independent Petroleum Economist engaging in all aspects of petroleum economics including commercial evaluations, transaction support, economic / financial modelling, cost estimating and budgeting / forecasting. Projects evaluated have comprised onshore and offshore oil & gas fields, shale gas, FPSO investments, gas storage, carbon capture, pipelines, oil field rehabilitation, and refinery construction.

Clients have included:  Petrofac (FTSE 100 Oil Services Group); Senergy (Energy Services Company) ; RPS Energy plc (International Energy Consultants) – CPR valuations and reserve audits for UK onshore, Angola, Algeria, China, Gabon,  Morocco, Tunisia, Russia and Kurdistan.  Mitsui – economic evaluation of oil/gas fields offshore in West Africa; Granby Oil & Gas – economics for UK exploration portfolio; Marubeni Corporation - acquisition support and commercial evaluation of assets offshore UK, Denmark, Holland, Qatar, Kurdistan, Equatorial Guinea and Mauritania and Sumitomo Corporation – detailed commercial evaluations and bid support for assets in the UK and the Far East.

Early in his career the Course Director was a Project Engineer at Doris Engineering SA; Senior Consultant at ODE Ltd and Director/Petroleum Economist at Indeva Energy Consultants Ltd.

He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)




Dubai Hotel

This programme takes place on a non-residential basis at a central Dubai hotel. Non-residential course fees include training facilities, documentation, lunches and refreshments for the duration of the programme. Delegates are responsible for arranging their own accommodation, however, a list of convenient hotels (many at specially negotiated rates) is available upon registration.

Dubai has an incredible number of hotels. Courses held here are mainly held at the J.W. Marriot hotel, Sheraton Dubai Creek and Le Meridien all in central Dubai.
J.W. Marriott Hotel – Abu Baker Al Siddique Road, PO Box 16590, Dubai, U.A.E
Phone +971 4 607 7811; Fax +971 4 607 7011
At the JW Marriott Dubai you will enjoy luxury on your terms; impeccable service and elegant surroundings allow you to relax and focus on your own agenda. With 344 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites the J.W. Marriott provides an oasis of calm in a busy city while the award-winning restaurants have the recipe for satisfying a taste for international flavour.        
Sheraton Dubai Creek – Baniyas Street, PO Box 4250, Dubai, U.A.E
Phone +971 4 228 1111; Fax +971 4 221 3468
After undergoing a complete renovation, the Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel& Towers reopened October 10th, 2002 with a fully refurbished interior and exterior. The 255 room hotel now offers more creek-view rooms, redesigned atrium lobby, outstanding food and beverage facilities, upgraded rooms with state-of-the-art data connectivity, and Dubai's newest conference facilities. 

Le Meridien – PO Box 10001, Airport Road, Dubai, U.A.E
Phone +971 4 282 4040; Fax +971 4 282 5540
Le Meridien Dubai is a five star deluxe hotel built on two floors and surrounded by 38 acres of landscaped gardens. The hotel is elegantly furnished with a french accent that incorporates the individual character and flair of the local culture. The hotel is minutes away from the commercial districts and shopping centres and a short distance from Dubai International Airport. Facilities include a choice of 15 restaurants and bars, 24-hour room and laundry service, two fully equipped business centres and a state-of-the-art Spa and fitness club.


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Day 1


  • Objectives of undertaking an economic analysis
  • What makes the oil and gas industry different?

Discounted cashflow

  • The time value of money, compounding and discounting
  • Discount rate, discount factor and discount method
  • The cost of capital and the hurdle discount rate

Capital budgeting techniques

  • Undiscounted methods (PIR, payback, exposure)
  • Discounted methods (e.g. NPV, IRR, DPIR)
  • Valuing an asset, making development and investment decisions

Oil and gas asset net cashflow – project components

  • Reserves, production and sales profiles
  • Tariff income
  • Capital, operating, transportation and abandonment costs
  • Working interests, carried interests, ORR’s & NPI’s

Day 2

Oil and gas asset net cashflow – economic components

  • Inflation, cost escalation, real versus nominal cash flows
  • Oil and gas prices
  • Interest rates and exchange rates

Oil and gas asset net cashflow - taxation and government take ccomponents

  • Production sharing contracts
  • Royalty and taxation systems
  • Risk service and other systems
  • Calculating royalties, taxes, cost recovery and profit oil splits

Oil and gas asset net cashflow determination

  • Oil company (investor) net cash flow
  • State oil company net cash flow
  • Government net cash flow

Upstream economics workshop: the taxation case study

  • Introduction to the European gas field, taxation based case study
  • Establishing the economic model framework, structure and calculation flows
  • Understanding the taxation structure and algorithms
  • Determining the field, economic and fiscal data and building the input decks
  • Step by step construction and audit of the taxation model
  • Running the economic cases and evaluating the results
  • Summary and closing remarks

Day 3

Upstream economics workshop: The PSC case study

  • Introduction to the West African oil discovery, PSC based case study
  • Establishing the economic model framework, structure and calculation flows
  • Understanding the PSC fiscal structure and algorithms
  • Determining the field, economic and fiscal data and building the input decks
  • Step by step construction and audit of the PSC model
  • Running the economic cases and evaluating the results
  • Summary and closing remarks

Day 4

Advanced petroleum economic techniques

  • Aggregation and consolidation analysis
  • Ring-fences
  • Incremental analysis

Discrete economic ssolutions

  • Sensitivity analysis
  • Spider and tornado diagrams

Probabilistic economic solutions

  • Expected value and decision tree analysis
  • Farm-in and farm-out analysis
  • Exploration prospect portfolio management

Continuous economic solutions

  • Risk versus uncertainty
  • Distributions and central limit theory
  • Monte Carlo simulation

Exploration prospect valuation workshop

  • Calculation of the prospect minimum economic reserve
  • Establishment of the prospect commercial reserves distribution
  • Construction of the risk tree of all outcomes
  • Determination of the geological and commercial chance of success factors
  • Calculation of the success case expected value and the prospect EMV
  • Drill or no-drill decision?

Course summary and close

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