Serving the energy industry for over 30 years
By - Jon Brown

Introduction to the Natural Gas Sector
November 27, 2018 | Mexico City, Mexico

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The course will present an overview of the natural gas industry and seeks to provide insight into the industry’s business perspective. Attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of the activities of the natural gas value chain, the participants involved and the economic and commercial foundations of the industry. Attendees will discuss from the basic concepts of natural gas, the way in which the industry operates and a first approach to this type of markets. The course will address important components of natural gas transportation, including the firm and interruptible pipeline transportation, nominations, balancing, as well as the contractual mechanisms and other services that the transport and storage systems can offer, as well as the operation and function of the primary and secondary markets.

In addition, the course provides an overview of the natural gas market in Mexico and its implications for the new market structure that was created in the new energy reform. The attendee will acquire an understanding of the new industrial and institutional model of the Mexican natural gas sector, the main market participants, and important laws and regulations. Furthermore, the course provides a current panorama of the Mexican industry and the regulatory issues it is facing.


Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the natural gas value chain: upstream, midstream and downstream
  • Discuss natural gas terminology, measurements and conversions
  • Discuss the Economic and commercial fundamentals of the natural gas industry
  • Explain the importance of the storage and transportation system in the natural gas industry
  • Evaluate natural gas transport and storage types and its operations
  • Discuss the new Mexican energy reform and the impact in the natural gas sector
  • Address what is the institutional and industrial model of the natural gas industry in Mexico
  • Review the Mexican landscape of the natural gas industry



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 0.8 CEUs for this event.


Instructional Methods

Case studies, PowerPoint presentations and group discussion will be used in 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.


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

registration8:00 – 8:30 a.m. :: Registration & Continental Breakfast

timing8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. :: Course Timing

lunch12:00 – 1:00 p.m. :: Group Luncheon

The Natural Gas Value Chain

  • Upstream
  • Midstream
  • Downstream
  • How the natural gas industry operates across the value chain
  • Participants:
    • Producers
    • Transport/storage
    • Marketers/shippers
    • Non-affiliates participants
    • Authorities
    • Transmission operator (TSO, ISO, ITO)

Usages of Natural Gas

  • Residential and commercial
  • Industrial
  • Electricity generation
  • Transportation

Natural Gas Basics

  • Terminology
  • Measurements
  • Conversions

Basics of Natural Gas Production

  • Conventional
  • Horizontal drilling
  • Hydraulic fracturing
  • Natural gas processing plants


  • Types of transportation
  • Transportation LNG
  • Liquefaction plants
  • Regasification plants
  • Players in the midstream


  • Function
  • Balancing of demands fluctuations
  • Types of storage
  • Participants
  • Contracts Products

Downstream: Distribution

  • The role of the distributors
  • The role of the non-affiliates players
  • How they work
  • Industrial and end users
  • Rate regulation

Economic and Commercial Fundamentals

  • Natural gas as product
  • Competing fuel and interdependencies
  • Market models:
    • Traditional
    • Transitional
  • Competitive modern markets
  • Principles of natural gas regulation:
    • Transparency
    • Elimination of barriers of entry (open access, non- discriminatory, unbuilding)
    • Definition of property rights
    • Clear and stable regulation
    • Security of the supply

The Importance of Pipelines and Storage Systems

  • Overview of gas transportation
  • Pipeline capacity reservation systems and pricing systems
  • Contracts
    • Obligations and right of the parties to a transportation contract
    • Commercial elements of transportation contracts
    • LNG contracts
    • Categorization of natural gas transportation contracts
  • Storage
    • Products
    • Pricing
    • Contractual elements
    • Categorization
  • Other common services
    • Parking
    • Loaning
    • Wheeling
  • Markets in the midstream
    • Primary market
    • Secondary market
  • Rate regulation

Mexico Energy Reform

  • Regulatory framework
    • Brief history of natural gas regulations
    • Constitutional
    • Laws
    • Regulation
  • The new industry model
    • Production
    • Transport
    • Distributors
    • Marketers and Shippers
  • The roles of the authorities
    • Upstream: CNH
    • Midstream and downstream: CRE
    • Environmental authorities: ASEA
  • Policy instruments
    • Quinquennial plans of expansion of the natural gas transportation system
    • Public policy of natural gas storage

Issues in Mexican Regulation

  • Hot policy, regulatory, environmental, and safety issues that may impact how the industry operate
  • The Mexican hybrid transport model
  • The market power of the electric generation industry in the natural gas value of chain

Highlights and the New Regulation that will be Published in the Recent Months

  • Distribution
  • Transport
  • Marketers
  • TSO


Paolo Salerno
Partner, S&J Law Firm

Paolo Salerno is an international attorney specializing in Energy Law. He has a lot of experience in the sector as a professional and a university professor. He was an independent consultant and attorney at European Parliament, and spent five years teaching  at a university, and had publications in the area of Administrative Law and Energy Law. He is currently partner at S&J Law Firm in Mexico City, where he works in the regulatory, contractual and development areas of energy projects, especially in the electric market and renewable energies. He is also a Professor in the Law Department of the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and researcher at the ITAM Energy and Natural Resources Center.


Le Meridien Mexico City

Paseo de la Reforma 69, Tabacalera

Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico

Reserve your room:

please call +52 55 5061 3000

Room Block Reserved For:

Nights of November 27-30, 2018

Room rate through EUCI:

$159 single or double plus applicable taxes
Make your reservations prior to October 26, 2018.


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