Introduction to the Natural Gas Industry, Infrastructure and Regulations
August 11, 2020 | Online :: Central Time (CT)
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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.
- Explain the natural gas value chain: upstream, midstream and downstream
- Discuss natural gas terminology, measurements and conversions
- Review the basics of natural gas production
- Describe the types of shale plays
- Discuss natural gas gathering, operations and markets
- Address natural gas processing plants
- Review elements of natural gas producer economics
- Explain fungibility and gas interchangeability in U.S., Asia and Europe
- Describe natural gas pipelines, including their parts, how they operate, and their role in a changing market
- Evaluate natural gas storage types, operations and storage issues
- Discuss an overview of liquefied natural gas (LNG)
- Address peak shaving plants
- Review Local Distribution Companies (LDCs)
- State the process of natural gas infrastructure siting
- Discuss that natural gas plays in integrating wind and solar energy into the electric grid and Clean Power Plan
- Describe how FERC policy, major orders and regulations have evolved into today’s “Open Access” environment
- Relate an overview of regulated rate components and rate design and new rate policies on the horizon
- Address important components of transportation, including: Pooling, nominations, confirmations, scheduling, receipt, and balancing
- 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
You must be logged in for the entire presentation and send in the evaluation after the online course is completed.
Case studies, PowerPoint presentations, classroom exercises
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 – Central Time
8:45 – 9:00 a.m. :: Login and Welcome
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. :: Course Timing
12:30 – 1:15 p.m. :: Lunch Break
- Natural gas composition
- Industry standard
Natural Gas Industry History & Overview
- What’s still regulated
Supply, Demand, and Prices
- Primary sources and uses
- Other demand sectors
The Natural Gas Value Chain Overview
- How the natural gas industry operates across the value chain
- Major natural gas shale plays in U.S. and Canada
- Kinds of shale plays
- Dry, wet, and associated gas (from oil wells)
- NGLs and their economic importance of NGLs
- Conventional and Unconventional Drilling
- Drilling and fracking shales
- Hydraulic fracking
- Costs of drilling and fracking
- Gas gathering
- Gas treatment
- Gas processing
- Frac spread and gas processing
Underground Natural Gas Storage
- Different types
- Storage development
- Regulatory issues
Other Gas Storage Options
- Liquefied natural gas (LNG) basics
- Import/export terminals and Vessels
- Peak shaving plants
- Who uses them and why they are important
- Compressed natural gas (CNG)
Natural Gas Pipelines
- Types of pipelines
- Key parts
- How pipelines operate
- Who are the pipeline players?
- How pipelines are planned
- Role of shippers
- Differences between gas pipeline companies & electric power companies
- Construction costs
- Environmental reviews of pipelines and the NEPA process
- Federal and State regulators—who really determines if they are built
FERC Gas and Electric Coordination
- FERC NAESB changes to nomination schedule
- Ratable vs Non-ratable shaped flow hourly service
Re-plumbing the Pipelines—Challenges
- FERC’S 1999 Pipeline Policy Statement
- Landowner opposition and eminent domain
- Opposition by the States
- Opposition by environmental groups
- Recent court challenges
Local Distribution Companies (LDCs)—Gas Utilities
- What an LDC does
- City Gates
- What happens at an LDC’s City Gate?
- Distribution line characteristics and pressure
- How they work
- Safety and economic trends
- Rates and regulatory oversight
- Choosing your gas supplier
- Overview of gas transportation
- Force Majeure
- Operational Balancing Agreement (OBA)
- Operational Flow Order (OFO)
FERC Rate Making on Pipeline Transportation
- Section 4 ratemaking
- Section 5 ratemaking
LDCs and Asset Managers
- How pipeline transportation costs can be reduced
- Procuring and managing gas supplies
Natural Gas Industry Challenges
- Climate change
- Presidential election and ban on fracking
- Keep it in the ground and the new green deal
- Environmental regulation and reforms
Tom Russo, Principal, Russo on Energy LLC
Tom Russo is an Energy and Environmental expert with unique FERC regulatory skills in siting hydropower, natural gas and liquefied natural gas infrastructure, NEPA environmental impact assessment and in how energy markets, prices and physical/cybersecurity affect infrastructure investments.
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 is very active in hydropower and natural gas matters and writes an Energy and Environmental column for the Natural Gas and Electricity Journal. He also co-authored for the R Street Institute entitled “Ebbing the flow of hydropower red tape.”
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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