About this Training Course

Nearly half of the world’s petroleum regimes involve some form of production sharing between Contractors and their Host Country. This 3-day course examines the operational, fiscal and legal aspects of the different types of Production Sharing Contracts (PSC) in use around the world.

The Fiscal System of the PSC is analysed using discounted cash-flow model to illustrate the impact on investment criteria such as net present value, internal rate of return and pay-out from changes in factors such as cost recovery, profit sharing, royalty and income tax.

In addition to the provisions within the four-corners of the PSC, the agreements related to the various stages of petroleum operations such as Bidding, Exploration, Development, Production and Decommissioning are examined. They include joint venture operations, drilling and well services and agreements for the sale of crude oil and natural gas. Discussions of these agreements will be illustrated with the use of detailed Checklists.

The final session covers emerging issues that will impact the future of PSC operations such as International Dispute Resolution, transfer of Late Life Assets, Global Climate Change, and International and Bilateral Investment Treaties and Trade Sanctions.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the types of PSCs used by host governments to promote the exploration and development of their petroleum resources
  • Discuss and apply economic decision-making criteria that is relevant to petroleum development
  • Understand the various types of commercial agreements related to petroleum operations under a PSC
  • Develop a strategy for negotiating the terms and conditions of the PSC and related agreements
  • Effectively participate in operational decisions concerning emerging issues that affect PSC operations

This course will benefit:

  • Commercial managers in the oil and gas sector looking to improve their contract negotiation skills and overall commercial performance
  • Contract managers for operators or national oil companies
  • Policy makers and regulators in the petroleum sector
  • Legal practitioners looking to specialise in petroleum agreements
  • Insurance and risk managers looking to reduce the legal and contracts risks for their companies