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A Practical Guide to Natural Gas Transactions, Scheduling & Information Flows
A Two-Day Classroom Seminar (CPE Approved)
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Houston, TX - May 11 & 12, Homewood Suites by Hilton Houston Near the Galleria

This comprehensive and clearly explained program is for professionals who are seeking an in-depth understanding of how today's North American natural gas industry does business. This course is designed for those who want to get a better understanding of terminologies used within the natural gas industry; trading shop setup, popular IT system platforms and information flow; and real life examples of counterparties transaction mechanics from origination through deal capture, scheduling and settlements.

You will also gain knowledge on transportation/delivery infrastructure and how deals are done. Get to know who the natural gas market participants are and how commercial transactions occur along each segment of the value chain. In addition, you will understand how regulations have impacted the industry and how players are navigating these regulatory waters.

You will be more confident and benefit from knowing comprehensive nuts-and-bolts fundamentals through to understanding physical transactions and strategies.

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What You Will Learn
  1. A Brief Overview of the Natural Gas Industry to make sure all seminar attendees understand basic terminology, units and industry structure, function and Players. Please see Section 10 below for more information of what this Industry Overview will cover.
  2. Physical Transactions
  3. Trading terminologies
  4. Types of transactions (transport, storage, park and loan, spot, baseload, imbalances)
  5. Physical gas trading is done at physical market centers and the critical roles that transportation management and storage play in determining gas delivery pricing.
  6. Natural gas pricing concepts and mechanisms and the essentials of locational basis, commodity pricing and overview of the different types of price tools.
  7. The essentials of factors impacting price volatility and commodity price components.
  8. Example of transactions
  9. Scheduling Natural Gas
  10. Scheduling terminologies
  11. Transport/Storage/Park and Loan
  12. Production, Pipeline Maps
  13. PDAs, OBAs, OFOs, etc., allocations, penalties, interruptions, and curtailments
  14. Marketing Schedulers
  15. The details of gas transportation, pooling, nominations, confirmations, scheduling, receipt and delivery point priorities and balancing through the delivery chain.
  16. How to assess transportation services and options and understand the wide range of transportation services and arrangements.
  17. Utilizing spreadsheets for effective scheduling
  18. Communication with traders (operational issues; allocations; imbalances, etc)
  19. Electronic Bulletin Boards and pipeline operational information
  20. Segmentation and other ways of generating incremental revenue
  21. Examples of transactions
  22. Pipeline Schedulers
  23. The keys parts of natural gas pipelines, how pipelines operate, who the pipeline players are and the significant issues pipeline face in a changing market.
  24. The essentials of factors involved in bringing gas to market, transportation services and types, rates and rate components and pipeline tariff components.
  25. Example of transaction
  26. Volume Balancing and Settlements
  27. Verifying Pipeline statements for volume and charges (systems and tariff)
  28. Troubleshooting and common issues (rates, prices)
  29. Example of transaction
You Will Also Learn
  1. Regulatory Environment for each segment of the natural gas industry– FERC, CFTC, SEC
  2. Breaking down the areas of Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Regulations
  3. New players (SD, MSP, End Users, SDRs, SEFs)
  4. Recordkeeping obligations
  5. Code of Conduct for SD
  6. What is market manipulation
  7. What is position limits
  8. Change management for process and systems
  9. Financial reform regulations’ impact on trading
  10. The Fast-Paced Overview of the Natural Gas Industry that will be provided at the beginning of this seminar will address the following topics to make sure all class participants understand basic terminology, units and industry structure, function and Who the Industry Players Are.
  11. What natural gas is, how it is created, the different "types" of natural gas based on various factors and sources, measurements, and conversions.
  12. The essential of understanding how gas is used, by whom and what are demand drivers and related issues.
  13. Who regulates what, where, how and why and how FERC policy, major Orders and regulations have evolved into today's "open access" environment.
  14. Significant FERC regulatory initiatives, policies and Orders that have transformed the industry and currently "hot" policy and regulatory issues that may significantly change how the industry operates and the information it collects and disseminates.
  15. The different types of industry players (Producers, Marketers, Pipelines and LDC); their roles and responsibilities
  16. Information flow and roles of each group (Legal, Contracts, Credit, Originators, Traders, Schedulers, Settlements, IT etc.). Process deals through each step in the "Front, Middle and Back Offices".
  17. Market participants (dealer, brokers, shippers) and trading venues
Seminar Agenda
  • The Agenda for this seminar is identical to the above "What You Will Learn" bullet points.
Your Instructor - Houston

Zarin Imam
Zarin Imam leads Compliance, Regulatory & Retail Advisory Practice for The Xcelrate Group and brings over two decades of experience in the energy industry. She is the former Chief Compliance & Regulatory Officer of Iberdrola Energy Holdings, LLC where she oversaw Corporate Compliance, Regulatory, EHS, Systems Implementations; and Global Projects. Zarin has a thorough knowledge and experience in trading and operations. She is experienced in business development, gas flow optimization and managing large operations groups. Zarin has previously held positions at American Electric Power, Enron North America and Enron Energy services.

Who Should Attend this Seminar

Professionals from natural gas and electric utilities, energy producers, pipelines, municipals, energy marketers, banks, government regulators and industrial companies; energy and electric power executives; new hires; attorneys; government regulators; traders & trading support staff; IT vendors, energy consultants, marketing, sales, purchasing & risk management personnel; accountants & auditors; plant operators, engineers, corporate planners and anyone needing a strong foundation in the U. S. and Canadian natural gas business.

Prerequisites and Advance Preparation

There are no prerequisites for this seminar.

Program Level

Basic level. This fundamental course begins with basic material and then proceeds to the intermediate level.

Delivery Method


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Hotel and Seminar Information
This two-day seminar will be held at the hotels listed below or can be conducted on-site at your facilities. On the first day the seminar will start promptly at 8:30 AM and will finish at 4:30 PM. On the second day, the seminar will start promptly at 8:00am and will finish at 2:00 PM. The program includes continental breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks on the first day. On the second day a continental breakfast, snack and coffee breaks are included. Attendees also receive a professionally produced seminar manual that can serve as a valuable office reference. Dress is casual for all seminars.
May 11 & 12
Homewood Suites by Hilton Houston Near the Galleria
2950 Sage Road
Houston, TX 77056
Telephone: (713) 439-1305
The hotel will hold a courtesy block of rooms for $149 plus tax for a King size room. Please call 832-369-1670 and ask for the
"PGS Energy Meeting May discount". The cut-off date is April 10, 2017. Please make your reservation soon, since they sell out fast.
Registration Fee and Discounts

Register Today!. The price for this comprehensive two-day seminar is $1,795 (USD).

Early Bird Special: Register on or before Apr 21, 2017 and save an additional $100 per order!
Register soon to get Early Bird pricing. A limited number of Early Bird seats are available.
  • Additional attendees and government employees receive a 10% discount.
  • Members of TOGA, AIPRO, INGAA or IOGA-NY receive a 15% discount. Please call (440) 853-1038.
  • Sign up for 4 or more classroom seats during the same month and all attendees will receive a 20% total discount.
    (If you plan to register 4 or more classroom seats for the same seminar, but want attendees to pay by separate credit cards, register one party now and mention this fact in the "Comments" section of the registration form. We will manually subtract the 20% discount from the first registrant's seminar fee and will call you to obtain the credit cards and registration information for your other attendees in order to give them their 20% discount. If applicable the Early Bird discount of either $200 or $100 will be divided evenly between all participants.) Please call (440) 853-1038 for more information.
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Payment and Cancellations

Payment is due prior to the start of the seminar by Visa, Master Card, American Express, Diners Club, or corporate check. Seminar fees will be charged to your credit card at the time of registration unless other arrangements have been made. Please make checks payable to "PGS Energy Training" 26 Teal Lane · Hilton Head Island, SC 29926. Cancellations can be made up to five (5) business days prior to the start of the seminar for a full refund. No refunds will be made thereafter, but a one year full seminar credit will be given toward future workshops upon receipt of $175 which will used to help offset the non-refundable food, beverage, manual and other expenses incurred by PGS. This one year seminar credit is good for any PGS Energy Training program except for seminars offered by PGS affiliate organizations. Colleague substitutions may be made at any time. If PGS needs to cancel a seminar due to instructor unavailability, lack of attendance or other unforeseen reason, you will be offered the choice of rescheduling for another seminar, a seminar credit, or a refund. For more information on PGS policies regarding administrative matters and complaint resolution, please contact our offices at (440) 853-1038.

CPE Credits in Specialized Knowledge & Applications

This live group seminar is eligible for 12.0 CPE credits. Be aware that state boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. As of January 1, 2002, sponsored learning activities are measured by program length, with one 50-minute period equal to one CPE credit. One-half CPE credit increments (equal to 25 minutes) are permitted after the first credit has been earned in a given learning activity. You may want to verify that the state board from which your participants will be receiving credit accept one-half credits.

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