Online Seminars

Introduction To The U.S. Natural Gas System

On-Demand Recording ‐ Available Now! (72 hour access)

How These Online Seminars Work

An understanding of the structure and function of the North American natural gas system (production through delivery) is necessary to comprehend the U.S. natural gas industry and  markets.

You will receive a comprehensive understanding of the structure and functions of the U. S. natural gas industry; how the physical infrastructure works; who the players are and how the various segments of operations interface with each other.

This seminar is a fast way to bring you up-to-speed on the fundamentals of this key industry. You will receive an introduction to the natural gas industry; the three segments of the industry; how gas distribution utilities operate; how independent gas suppliers  interface in the marketplace; understand how sales and retail transportation transactions are executed; learn the essentials necessary when evaluating alternative methods of obtaining gas supply for a commercial or industrial facility; and gain a better understanding of the important factors that can impact prices and risks in today's dynamic natural gas marketplace.

What You Will Learn

  1. What is natural gas, the different types of natural gas, specifications and measurement units and conversions, key consumption sectors and demand drivers.
  2. The terminology, concepts and mechanics of the natural gas industry infrastructure components and how the natural gas industry operates across the value chain spectrum.
  3. Where the gas supply is, how gas is produced, related production economic issues and the relationship to current supply issues, concerns and directions.
  4. What gas gathering is, how it works and is managed and what are the economic issues and concerns of the other parts of the infrastructure value chain.
  5. What happens at different gas processing stages and NGL extraction flows.
  6. What "pipeline quality gas" is and the different concerns along the value chain about gas quality and interchangeability.
  7. How the natural gas industry has been transformed since the fracking revolution and LNG exports, and why doing business is a so different.
  8. Who the key commercial value chain participants are and how they manage their respective segments.
  9. Front, Middle and Back Office roles, responsibilities and duties.

What You Will Also Learn

  1. The key parts of pipeline, natural gas storage and LNG import terminal infrastructures and how these critical value chain components operate.
  2. Impact of FERC policies on new pipelines, expansions and capacity.
  3. Differences and economics of different types of underground storage and using storage as a physical hedge.
  4. Who regulates what, where, how and why and the evolution of FERC policy, major Orders and regulations to today's "open access" environment.
  5. State regulatory concerns, issues and the changing role of state regulators.

Who Should Attend this Seminar

This seminar will benefit a wide variety of organizations and professionals in both the natural gas and electric power industries. Energy producers, utilities, energy marketers, industrial companies, electric generators, and liquids processors will gain valuable insights, as will energy and electric power executives, traders, marketers, (sales, purchasing & risk management professionals), accountants, trading support staff, auditors, attorneys, government regulators, rate specialists, plant operators, engineers and corporate planners. Anyone who wants a solid understanding of how the U.S. natural gas systems infrastructures fit together and operate will benefit.

Prerequisites and Advance Preparation

This fundamental level group live seminar has no prerequisites. No advance preparation is required before the seminar.

Why Choose PGS?

PGS seminars are known for their clear explanations and in-depth content. Register for a PGS class today, and join the over 10,000 energy professionals who have already attended one of PGS's proven programs.


Jim Crist
President of Lumen Group, Inc

Jim Crist is President of Lumen Group, Inc. headquartered in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. He has over 27 years experience in the energy industry covering coal, gas, oil, propane, and electricity. Jim has conducted many strategic studies of the industry and prepared market and business assessments for several large energy companies. Before founding Lumen Group in 1996, Jim spent 20 years working for major energy companies in engineering, technology development, rate and regulatory policy development and marketing. He served as marketing vice president in both regulated and deregulated entities.  His consulting practice provides strategic planning, marketing and business development, and rate and regulatory consulting, along with serving as an expert witness in regulatory proceedings in several jurisdictions.

Seminar Price

$295 for the first attendee, $145 for the second attendee, and $75 for each attendee thereafter
for either the live or on-demand version of this seminar.

Payment and Cancellations

Payment is required prior to seminar attendance. Payment can be made by Visa, Master Card, or American Express. Seminar purchases will be charged to your credit card at the time of registration unless other arrangements have been made.

Live seminar registrations can be cancelled for a full refund up to 5:00 PM (U.S. Eastern Time) two (2) business days before the scheduled seminar date. For example if the live seminar is on Thursday then the cancellation would need to occur by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on the Tuesday before the seminar. No refunds will be made thereafter, but a streamed recording of the live seminar can be provided. Attendee substitutions may be made at any time. 

Due to the nature of a recorded event, no refunds can be made for on-demand recorded seminars. For more information on PGS policies regarding administrative matters and complaint resolution, please contact our offices at (440) 853-1038.

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