By - Jon Brown

Introduction to the Oil & Gas Industry
July 24, 2017 | Houston, TX

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This 1-day course is designed to familiarize non-technical personnel on the primary activities of the oil and natural gas industry.  The instructor will provide an in-depth look at U.S. crude oil supply, demand, and petroleum reserves. Attendees will learn about different types of crude oil transportation as well as the refining process. An overview of crude oil and petroleum product markets and trading will be provided.

Our expert speaker will discuss natural gas supply and demand. He will explain natural gas processing, transportation, and storage. Attendees will review the LNG supply chain in the U.S. Participants will leave with an understanding of natural gas markets and trading.

Learning Outcomes

  • List types and quality of petroleum
  • Discuss U.S. crude oil supply
  • Explain U.S. petroleum reserves
  • Review types of crude oil transportation
  • Describe the crude oil refining process
  • Express crude oil products demand
  • Discuss crude oil and petroleum products markets and trading
  • Explain the natural gas industry
  • Describe elements that contribute to natural gas demand
  • Review natural gas supply resources
  • Discuss the LNG supply chain in the United States
  • Explain natural gas processing and transportation
  • Describe natural gas storage
  • Address natural gas markets and trading



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


Monday, July 24, 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

I. U.S. Crude Oil and Petroleum Products Infrastructure & Markets


  • Kinds
  • Quality
  • Major Benchmarks

U.S. Crude Oil Supply

Petroleum Reserves

Crude Oil and Petroleum Products Transportation

  • Pipelines
  • Types of Pipelines
  • Rail, Vessels, Trucks
  • Regulation

Crude Oil Refining

Crude Oil and Petroleum Products Demand

Crude Oil and Petroleum Products Markets and Trading

II. Wholesale Natural Gas Infrastructure and Markets

Natural Gas Demand

  • Weather
  • Economic Activity & Growth
  • Prices of Natural Gas & Coal
  • Demographics & ‘
  • Social Trends
  • Customer Sectors and Demand
  • Power Generation
  • Industrial
  • Residential
  • Commercial

Natural Gas Supply

  • Natural Gas Resources, Reserves & Production
  • Conventional and Unconventional Natural Gas
  • Conventional Natural Gas
  • Unconventional Natural Gas
  • The Shale Revolution
  • Imports and Exports
  • Regulatory Jurisdiction

Liquefied Natural Gas

  • Regulatory Jurisdiction
  • The LNG Supply Chain
  • LNG in the United States
  • LNG Peak Shaving Plants
  • Transportation Sector (CNG and LNG)

Natural Gas Processing and Transportation

  • Processing
    • Natural Gas Liquids
    • Infrastructure
    • Petrochemical Industry
    • NGL Exports
  • Regulatory Jurisdiction
  • Natural Gas Transportation Infrastructure
  • Hubs
  • Regulatory Jurisdiction
  • Pipeline Services
    • Interstate Transportation Rates
    • Scheduling
    • Pipeline Usage or Load Factor
    • Park and Loan Service
    • Pipeline Constraints and Capacity Growth
    • Local Distribution
    • Pipeline Constraints and Capacity Growth
    • Local Distribution

Natural Gas Storage

  • Storage Facilities
  • Regional Storage
  • Storage Service and Uses
  • Market Effects
  • Regulatory Jurisdiction

Natural Gas Markets and Trading

  • Natural Gas Marketers
  • Market Hubs
  • Physical Trading of Natural Gas
  • Price Discovery
    • Spot (Cash) Market
    • Bidweek
    • Index Prices
    • The Financial Market


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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Room Rate:

The room rate is $139.00 single or double plus applicable taxes.

Room Block Dates:

A room block has been reserved for the nights of July 23 – 26, 2017.

Rate Available Until:

Make your reservations prior to July 10, 2017. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.


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