By - Jon Brown

Introduction to the Natural Gas Industry, Infrastructure and Regulations
February 9, 2017 | Denver, CO


This course will present an overview of the natural gas industry and related natural gas liquids (NGLs) and shale oil infrastructure so that attendees gain a comprehensive understanding of the gas industry and markets. Attendees will discuss natural gas terminology, measurements and conversions. They will review the basics of natural gas production, gathering, operations and markets. It will provide an in-depth understanding of natural gas processing plants, pipelines, storage, LNG peak shaving plants, LNG Import and Export terminals and local distribution companies (LDCs). The course will address important components of natural gas transportation, including regional costs of firm and interruptible pipeline transportation, nominations, balancing, and section 4 and 5 ratemaking proceedings on natural gas pipeline transportation.

The intent is that participants will be able to apply the information learned the first day they return to their jobs.  Hands-on activities will be included throughout the day.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the natural gas value chain: upstream, midstream and downstream
  2. Discuss natural gas terminology, measurements and conversions
  3. Review the basics of natural gas production
  4. Describe the types of shale plays
  5. Discuss natural gas gathering, operations and markets
  6. Address natural gas processing plants
  7. Review elements of natural gas producer economics
  8. Explain fungibility and gas interchangeability in U.S., Asia and Europe
  9. Describe natural gas pipelines, including their parts, how they operate, and their role in a changing market
  10. Evaluate natural gas storage types, operations and storage issues
  11. Discuss an overview of liquefied natural gas (LNG)
  12. Address peak shaving plants
  13. Review Local Distribution Companies (LDCs)
  14. State the process of natural gas infrastructure siting
  15. Discuss that natural gas plays in integrating wind and solar energy into the electric grid and Clean Power Plan
  16. Describe how FERC policy, major orders and regulations have evolved into today’s “Open Access” environment
  17. Relate an overview of regulated rate components and rate design and new rate policies on the horizon
  18. Address important components of transportation, including: Pooling, nominations, confirmations, scheduling, receipt, and balancing
  19. Explain PDAs, OBAs, OFOs, allocations, and curtailments



EUCI has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, EUCI has demonstrated that it  complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, EUCI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

EUCI is authorized by IACET to offer 0.7 CEUs for this event.

Requirements for Successful Completion of Program

Participants must sign in/out each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Instructional Methods

Case studies, PowerPoint presentations, classroom exercises


Thursday, February 9, 2017

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. :: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

The Shale Revolution- Transforming the Natural Gas, Oil, Power and Transportation Sectors

The Natural Gas Value Chain
  • Upstream
  • Midstream
  • Downstream
  • How the natural gas industry operates across the value chain
Natural Gas Basics
  • Terminology
  • Measurements
  • Conversions
Basics of Natural Gas Production
  • Conventional
  • Horizontal drilling
  • Hydraulic fracturing
Kinds of Shale Plays
  • Dry
  • Wet
  • Oil
  • Locations
Industry Basics
  • Gas gathering
  • Operations
  • Markets
  • Regulatory considerations
Producer Economics
  • Natural gas processing plants
  • Pipeline quality
  • Economic importance of NGLs

Fungibility and Gas Interchangeability in U.S., Asia and Europe

Natural Gas Pipelines
  • Key parts
  • How pipelines operate
  • Who are the pipeline players?
  • Role of shippers and purchasers
  • Issues pipelines face in a changing market
Natural Gas Storage
  • Different types
  • Operations
  • Storage development
  • Regulatory issues
Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)
  • Basics
  • Import/export terminals
  • Vessels
Peak Shaving Plants
  • Who uses them
  • Locations
  • Why they are important
Local Distribution Companies (LDCs)
  • Physical plant-related operations
  • How they work
  • Economic trends
  • Rates
  • Regulatory trends

Natural Gas Infrastructure Siting: Who Regulates What

Greening of Power Sector
  • Role that natural gas plays in integrating wind and solar energy into the electric grid and Clean Power Plan
Natural Gas Regulations
  • Who regulates what, where, how, and why
  • How FERC policy, major Orders and regulations have evolved into today’s “Open Access” environment
  • How natural gas delivery and storage is regulated across the value chain
  • Significant FERC regulatory initiatives, policies and Orders that have transformed the industry
  • Hot policy, regulatory, environmental, and safety issues that may impact how the industry operates
  • Overview of regulated rate components and rate design and new rate policies on the horizon
  • The fundamentals of Certificate and Rate Proceedings and how to understand capacity matters and pipeline tariffs, transportation services, agreements, and rates using FERC’s etariff and FERC forms
Gas Transportation through the Value Chain
  • Overview of gas transportation
  • Pooling
  • Nominations
  • Confirmations
  • Scheduling
  • Receipt
  • Delivery point priorities
  • Balancing
  • Predetermined Allocation (PDA)
  • Operational Balancing Agreement (OBA)
  • Operational Flow Order (OFO)
  • Allocations
  • Penalties
  • Interruptions
  • Curtailments
  • The essential factors involved in bringing gas to market, transportation services and types, rates and rate components and pipeline tariff components


Tom Russo, Principal, Russo on Energy LLC

Tom Russo is an Energy and Environmental expert with unique regulatory skills in siting energy infrastructure, markets and physical/cybersecurity.
Prior to founding Russo on Energy LLC in May 2015, Mr. Russo worked for over 30 years as a Manager and Sr. Energy Industry Analyst at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). During that time he amassed experience in hydropower licensing, NEPA environmental impact assessment of energy projects, business process reengineering, and natural gas and crude oil market oversight. Mr. Russo thoroughly understands the Natural Gas Act, Natural Gas Policy Act, Federal Power Act and Energy Policy Act as they apply to natural gas and hydroelectric projects. He also assisted FERC’s new Energy Infrastructure Security Office with understanding physical and cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities to natural gas, oil and gas-fired power projects and physical natural gas and related futures and swaps.

In FERC’s Office of Enforcement, he managed and led efforts on the development and implementation of FERC Order 704 and FERC’s Form 552 Annual Natural Gas Transaction Report program from 2008 to 2015. He also has helped numerous energy companies address FERC compliance issues in the natural gas, LNG, and hydropower area, as well as natural gas market participants in achieving compliance with transactional issues related to natural gas indices and index formation.

Mr. Russo is a native of Brooklyn, New York. He earned a credential as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) in 2010. He also graduated with a MBA in Finance from the George Washington University and a MS in Biology from the University of Alabama.


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