Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to list current issues that can impact growth and sustainability of oil and gas ventures. They will also be able to explain the reasons for the potential problems, and evaluate possible solutions.
This course will help energy professionals, investors, geoscientists, engineers, business owners, managers, and service providers a clear view of many of the issues that accompany the rapid expansion of oil and gas supplies. It will place them within a strategic context that will help identify specific opportunities, and also places where changes can be made.
The future of oil and gas ventures is complex due to a number of challenges facing the industry. Although demand for oil and gas remains high, especially in the new giants, India and China, complications have emerged, particularly in the U.S., where the “shale revolution” has resulted in an oversupply of natural gas, and plunging natural gas prices. In the meantime, lack of infrastructure in some of the major plays (the Bakken in North Dakota, the Eagle Ford in south Texas), has made it necessary to employ expensive methods of transporting liquids-rich petroleum such as hauling via truck and rail, vs. pipelines. Further, the lack of natural gas processing and transportation infrastructure (gathering systems, pipelines, compressors, conditioning) has made it difficult to get natural gas to market. Water management remains a challenge as well, particularly in times of drought and public sensitivity to environmental issues.
At the same time, enormous opportunities abound, primarily due to the emergence of transformational technologies, which have allowed previously unproductive and unproducible resources to be exploited. Further, new technologies are making it possible to return to mature fields and to recover oil and gas that has been left behind.
In order to make strategic decisions in all industries, it is very important to have an understanding of the issues facing the energy sector.
1. Current oil and gas exploration / production efforts hampered by insufficient cash / undercapitalization.
2. Skyrocketing costs in energy technology.
3. Environmental challenges.
4. Shortages of qualified personnel.
5. Bubble Economies and Carbon Economies / Fire sales and “vulturing”.
6. Alternative Energies: Easy-to-find, cheap-to-produce oil no longer exists.
7. Health and safety issues are increasingly complicated.
8. “Green” energy must combine with oil and gas.
9. Geopolitical power shuffles.
10-11. Non-renewables are “dirty” and difficult; Renewables are expensive.
12. Global outlook: Sustained, worldwide growth.
Susan Smith Nash, Ph.D.
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