By - Jon Brown

Upstream Petroleum Economics
August 1-2, 2019 | Denver, CO

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Oil and gas consumption are at the center of every thriving economy. Crude oil products power our highways, product manufacturing, and gas is the preferred fuel for electric power generation. In many ways the business of oil and gas affects all of our lives. Understanding the oil and gas industry therefore has become synonymous with understanding the engine of the modern-day economy. Upstream Petroleum Economics is a window into the world of the oil and gas business. It provides a structured way of understanding not just what the oil industry does but why they do what they do.

This course is an introduction on how the petroleum industry finds and develops oil but dives deep into the economic reasons why the industry thrives. It covers aspects of the history of oil price and how companies are affected by macroeconomic trends, foundational concepts of economics that drive decision making within the industry, why companies invest in some jurisdictions and not others, but also examines the nuts and bolts of petroleum project economic evaluation. The course provides the engineer, economist, geologist, analyst and investors the language with which to communicate about the merits of petroleum projects. And through the course material, workshops and practice in-class exercises, the course provides participants with handy tools with which to interpolate results from petroleum project analysis and recommendations and construct and deconstruct oil and gas cash flow models.

Learning Outcomes

  • Review the basics of petroleum economics
  • Describe knowledge segments in upstream petroleum economic thinking
  • Discuss key concepts in geological sciences
  • Explain concepts in reservoir, drilling and completion, and production engineering
  • Address concepts in reservoir, drilling and completion, and production engineering
  • Review the lifecycle of a petroleum development project
  • Describe the global economy, cost of supply, and the business of oil and gas
  • Discuss capital structure
  • Explain fiscal systems and the business of oil and gas
  • Express how to value projects using Discounted Cash Flow technique
  • Explain capital budgeting techniques and investment evaluation metrics
  • Review oil and gas asset net cash flow
  • Participate in a hands-on activity involving case studies
  • Describe advance petroleum economic techniques
  • Address exploration prospect valuation
  • Participate in a development project case study



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 1.1 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 and Classroom Exercises will be used in this program


Thursday, August 1, 2019

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration & Continental Breakfast 

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon


  • Upstream Petroleum Economics
    • History of the oil price
    • How companies are affected by macroeconomic trends
    • Foundational concepts of economics
    • Why companies invest in some jurisdictions and not others
    • Petroleum project economic evaluation
  • Knowledge Segments in Upstream Petroleum Economic Thinking

Fundamentals of Petroleum Engineering

  • Key Concepts in Geological Sciences
  • Concepts in Reservoir, Drilling and Completion, and Production Engineering
  • Lifecycle of a Petroleum Development Project

Fundamentals of Economics and the Financing of Petroleum Projects

  • The Global Economy and Cost of Supply
  • Capital Structure and the Business of Oil and Gas
  • Oil Price and Lessons from History
  • Fiscal Systems and the Business of Oil and Gas

Project Economics

  • Valuing Projects Using Discounted Cash Flow Technique
  • Capital Budgeting Techniques and Investment Evaluation Metrics

Oil and Gas Asset Net Cash Flow

  • Project Components
  • Economic Components
  • Accounting and Depreciation Components
  • Taxation and Government Tax Components
  • Investor/State/Federal Government Cash Flows

Friday, August 2, 2019

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

Economic Decision Tools and Project Investment Analysis

  • Advanced Petroleum Economic Techniques
    • Risk analysis solutions
    • Probabilistic economic solutions

Upstream Economics Workshop

  • Exploration Prospect Valuation
    • Joint venture arrangements and frameworks for investor decision making
  • Development Project Case Study (Cash Flows Under 3 Distinct Fiscal Systems; Gross Tax, Net Tax, Production Sharing Contract Systems)
    • Economic cash flow modeling using Excel
    • Key formulas and techniques

Hands-On Activities

  • Participants will Evaluate and Make Recommendations About Potential Oil and Gas Investments


Maduabuchi Pascal Umekwe, Commercial Analyst, Alaska Division of Oil & Gas

Dr. Maduabuchi Pascal Umekwe is a petroleum engineer and commercial analyst with Bachelors and Master’s Degrees in Petroleum Engineering, and a PhD in Petroleum Economics.

He has spent almost a decade in the oil and gas business as field engineer, development petroleum engineer and commercial analyst. His work experience spans tight oil and conventional oil and gas basins, and he conducts research on engineering, economic and environmental management aspects of US tight oil development. He has also worked as an adjunct faculty in the School of Management at the Alaska Pacific University and currently works in Alaska, where he conducts oil production forecasts, economic decision analysis, cash flow modeling and is involved in various aspects of oil and gas development negotiations.


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Please Note: Confirmed speakers do not need to register and are encouraged to participate in all sessions of the event. If you are a speaker and have any questions please contact our offices at 1.303.770.8800

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Upstream Petroleum EconomicsUS $ 1395.00

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Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before June 28, 2019 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800

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