Introduction to LNG & the Global Gas Markets

3 days 11-13 Sep 2017, London UK £3,450.00 + VAT* Download brochure Add to basket

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Held over a period of three days, this course is a unique opportunity for delegates to gain insight into the future of the rapidly developing LNG market.  The course has been designed to help delegates prepare for the future of LNG and equip them with the skills they need to understand the changes that are happening within the industry as it shifts from its existing structure.  This course will look at the current drivers for LNG in the global markets and the skills needed to manage the opportunities of the future.  Attendees will gain insight into the structure of the current global gas market and understand the current pricing mechanisms in key areas and the price drivers for these markets.  The course will then proceed to look at LNG trading and portfolio management to be able to build strategies to maximise and secure the margins from LNG trade giving perspectives both from the sell side and a focus at the current buy side opportunities.  Finally, a roundup of the future developments underway in the global LNG marketplace, including deregulation, floating regasification and small scale LNG and how these are likely to impact the current supply and demand situation.

Key Objectives:

  • Understand the key interactions of the global gas market place
  • Learn about the key price drivers in different gas markets
  • Formulate strategies to manage the future LNG business
  • Familiarise yourself with the infrastructure of LNG
  • Identify key opportunities to grow and maintain margins
  • Discover future scenarios for shaping your LNG business

The course will draw on case studies around the world to give examples of existing strategies and observations on how key players are formulating their future businesses.  The trainer will share experiences from projects he has worked on relating to the future of global LNG, giving unique insights from some of the largest players shaping the market.  The course will be supported by exercises and interactive sessions to reinforce learning of key points established.

Who should attend

  • LNG Project Developers
  • Planning and Strategy Managers
  • Business Development Managers
  • Commercial Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Finance and Investment Managers
  • Legal and Contract Managers
  • Traders and Marketers
  • Analysts
  • Economists
  • Government Officials


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.

Edward Stock
Edward Stock is the Managing Director of Artaois Ltd , a UK based consultancy and training business  working globally and advising key energy players in marketing and trading of natural gas, risk measurement, management and controls and identifying market entry strategies drawing on more than 20 years of experience in the Natural Gas Business.

Ed has worked in marketing, trading, operations and risk management, advising European and Asian companies on commercial aspects of strategy, risk control and hedging. His clients include major European energy companies, banks and other industry participants.  In addition to the consultancy business Ed was an Associate Course Director on a Global Energy MBA and lectured on Global Energy Markets.

Prior to founding Artaois, Ed was Head of Trading and Operations for Wingas in the UK and previously was responsible for the gas purchasing and risk management of Total’s industrial and commercial gas supply business in the UK.
Ed has significant industry experience in project management, commercial management, contract drafting and negotiation, risk, financial and budgetary modelling.




Central London Hotel Venue

All courses are held at four or five star venues in Central London, Zone 1. We strive to provide you with a training environment of the highest quality, to ensure that the whole learning experience exceeds your expectations.

Your training venue will be confirmed by one of our course administrators approximately 3-4 weeks before the course start date.

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Module one: Current global natural gas markets

The global gas market is changing rapidly after many years of high prices unlocking new sources of natural gas.  Lower prices across the globe have changed the market dynamics.  Delegates will learn about the characteristics of the supply and demand centres for natural gas focussing on the producing and receiving countries of LNG and the different pricing mechanisms currently in place. 

Key topics include:

  • Changing dynamics of the global natural gas business,
  • Sources of gas demand in key market segments,
  • Learn about different pricing mechanisms in the LNG receiving markets,
  • Drivers of price changes in markets and their interactions.

Module two: Global LNG

The limits of LNG infrastructure play an important part on the flexibility and opportunities of the natural gas value chain.  Delegates will gain insight into the key infrastructure projects around the world and how they are linked.  This module will also include a look at the shipping and chartering business to allow attendees to gain key knowledge relating to the movement of LNG around the globe. 

Key topics include:

  • Process for getting LNG to market including, liquefaction, shipping and regasification,
  • Key difference between capacity and demand requirements,
  • Deregulation of the LNG sector and third party access,
  • Monetising infrastructure,
  • Ship Chartering,
  • Introduction and influence of project financing.

Module three: LNG trading, marketing and portfolio management

The growth of the spot market business is having greater influence on the LNG market, offering short term opportunities for many players.  Attendees will learn about how LNG is traded and the risks involved and how to manage these risks to maintain margins.  This is a key part of the course and will look at not only trading margins but how to optimise portfolios. 

Key topics include:

  • How LNG is traded and marketed over long and short term horizons,
  • Overview of key contract terms and why they exist,
  • Risks in LNG trading including credit risk and trade financing,
  • Pricing developments in long and short term contracts including the emergence of spot contracts,
  • Optimising contracts to establish maximum returns.

Module four: Impact of the supply overhang

The rate of new liquefaction projects outstripping the development of regasification projects, linked with a slowdown in demand in Japan and China, will be a key driver to the changing dynamic of the LNG business.  Delegates will gain an appreciation of the creation of this supply overhang and its impact on the market and potential opportunities that this will create, particularly on the buy side. 

Key topics include:

  • The balance of supply and demand into the next decade,
  • Benefits and challenges of lower prices,
  • Substitution of other fuels,
  • New market opportunities.

Module five: Floating storage and regasification projects

One of the impacts of the supply overhang is the creation of new markets.  Traditionally the lead time for import projects has been lengthy, however the growth of floating storage and regasification units (FSRU) is allowing lead times for market entry to be reduced and without a long-term commitment.  Delegates will gain an understanding of the economics of these projects and the requirements to make them a profitable opportunity. 

Key topics include:

  • Rise of the smaller LNG / natural gas markets,
  • Opportunities for FSRU projects,
  • Economics of small scale projects.

Module six: Small scale LNG

Small scale projects can be stand alone, feeding remote areas or part of a larger network providing fuel for the growing transport sector, whether this be marine or land transport.  Delegates will gain an understanding of the potential opportunities with these projects and the potential impact on the wider LNG market. 

Key topics include:

  • Defining small scale LNG,
  • LNG as a transport fuel,
  • Impact of small scale LNG,
  • Opportunities for small scale LNG as part of the wider LNG market.

Module seven: The future for LNG

The final learning module looks at the future supply and demand equations for LNG taking into account the threats to this part of the natural gas market.  Delegates will not only gain insight into the potential views of the future of LNG but use the knowledge gained throughout the course to identify their own opinions to take back to the workplace and add value to their companies. 

Key topics include:

  • Future supply and demand scenarios,
  • Competition from renewable energy,
  • Threats to LNG from other sources of natural gas.

Module eight: Summary and Q&A

Delegates have the opportunity to use the wrap up session to consolidate and challenge the course objectives and findings with the opportunity to ask any further questions or put forward their observations on the topics covered by the course.

The course will contain interactive sessions to reinforce learning and ensure understanding. 

These will include:

  • Interaction of fundamental news and prices
  • Shipping strategies
  • Netback calculations
  • Trading and hedging exercise
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