Natural Gas Markets Course Description

A 2-day course for strategic understanding of how natural gas markets work, both continental & LNG. Participants undertake several market analysis activities: learning strategies & tactics to minimize risk, maximize revenue & gain competitive advantage, no matter the state of markets.

Natural gas prices lingered in a decade-long slump before dropping even further in 2020.  Blame in 2020 was placed mostly on the Covid-19 virus pandemic.  More recently, the Russian invasion of Ukraine concerned market watchers, who initially expected European natural gas prices to spike & remain high, affecting North American markets, too.  Recent conflict in Israel and Gaza is another geopolitical concern. Though global LNG supply has suffered disruptions (a June 2022 facility fire in Texas, for example), natural gas price increases were not so severe last year thanks to warm winter weather & producers/transporters nimbly filling Europe’s storage facilities. Alberta gas prices followed the upward trend before settling into a recent range between CAD$2 & CAD$3/GJ. But winter will soon be upon us.  It appears we have entered an era of increased natural gas price volatility.  Wars in Ukraine and the Middle East, sanctions on Russia, & persistent inflation all confirm the world in 2023 is as troubled as ever, with many potential problems affecting hydrocarbon supply & demand. Natural gas price volatility won’t likely end in the long run, either — The Alberta Energy Regulator projects a price ranging between CAD$1.80/GJ & CAD$6.73/GJ until 2032.

Market sentiment, weather, war, viruses, carbon, infrastructure issues: the list goes on. You have many balls in the air when evaluating natural gas prices & markets. Critical to success is training & preparation.  This course is full of activities & case studies relevant to today’s natural gas markets.  Our instructor is an expert in the field, with much trading & other market experience & is now a Research Director at one of North America’s largest consultancies.

Natural Gas Market Fundamentals presumes industry knowledge so that strategies learned in class point to relevant solutions for you & your organization.  Consider Oak Leaf’s 2-day Natural Gas From Wellhead to Burner-Tip if you require an introductory course.

Oak Leaf has worked with energy companies, governments, & NGO’s for over a decade, educating people on operations; markets; economics; & upstream, midstream, & downstream technology. We update Natural Gas Market Fundamentals every time we offer it, ensuring information remains current & pertinent to clients.  NGMF covers natural gas price trends, unfolding geopolitical events, developments in continental & LNG markets, & risk mitigation strategies.

Can’t attend Natural Gas Market Fundamentals in person?  Participate ONLINE! Oak Leaf & PTAC have invested in state-of-the-art camera technology to enable a seamless in-class/online learning experience. 

Reasons why you should attend the Natural Gas Market Fundamentals course:

  • You are employed in the industry & need a firmer grasp on how natural gas markets work.
  • You are employed in the industry, looking for fresh ideas on risk mitigation & profit optimization
  • You are experienced in other areas, but market analysis is a new aspect of your job.
  • Your function supports market analysts, so you need to know markets better.  You are involved in finance, regulation, legal, accounting, HR, administration, managerial & executive support, etc.

Important things you will learn in the Natural Gas Market Fundamentals course:

  • How markets work in North America & elsewhere — including the rising global LNG industry
  • Things to consider daily in natural gas market analysis — tolls. basis differentials. storage, fuel switching, swaps, derivatives (including futures contracts & options), weather forecasts & other factors that may increase or mitigate risk
  • Why western Canadian natural gas has been increasingly shut out of eastern markets
  • How politics, geopolitics, technology, economics, regulation, computer viruses & the Covid pandemic affect natural gas markets
  • Ideas on how to increase profitability when margins are wafer thin
  • Roles the Canadian natural gas industry can play in a future “golden age of gas”

Key Details

This course is offered in conjunction with

TBA, Q2 2024
8 a.m. Mountain (10 a.m. Eastern) start
Early bird registration deadline: TBA
Calgary & ONLINE
Instructor — TBA
Calgary Venue address:  PTAC
4th floor, 500 5 Ave. SW
Venue: $1795  Venue Early bird: $1695
Online: $1695  Online Early bird: $1595

Course Level: Beginner/Introductory
Personal Development Hours (PDH): 16

Coffee, snacks, lunch & refreshments served both days


Course Outline

  1. Introduction
  2. Overview
  3. Basic Concepts
  4. Natural Gas in World Energy Trade
  5. Natural Gas Market Fundamentals
  6. Technical Analysis
  7. Fundamental Analysis
  8. Supply Basics
  9. Canadian & US Exploration
  10. Production
  11. Transportation Basics — from continental to global
  12. Canadian Natural Gas Pipeline & Transportation Systems
  13. Storage Basics: North American Storage Facilities & Practices
  14. Demand Basics, Canadian, US, & Global
  15. Consumption & End-Use Markets
  16. Natural Gas / Electricity Convergence
  17. Regional Markets & Transportation Systems
  18. How US Supply & Demand Influence Canadian & Global Markets
  19. Price Formation & Discovery in Natural Gas Markets
  20. Price Risk Management: Strategies for Sustaining Profitability
  21. Political, Policy & Regulatory Environment for Natural Gas Marketing
  22. Read Carefully: Main Contracting Features in Natural Gas Marketing
  23. Natural Gas Marketing Functions: What You Need To Be Doing
  24. Course Summary & Conclusions

Key Learning Objectives

  • To analyze natural gas markets in general — the supply & demand dynamics that affect prices
  • To understand North American natural gas markets, specifically Canada & the US
  • To become aware of risk mitigation options in natural gas markets
  • To grasp how previously inaccessible unconventional gas (like shale gas) has transformed markets
  • To appreciate how LNG is globalizing formerly continental natural gas markets
  • To strategize about maximizing profitability in volatile economic conditions

Support Materials & Assessment Tools

Who Should Attend this natural gas markets course?

  • People new to the energy industry
  • Professionals already working in energy who need a broader understanding of natural gas markets
  • Natural gas producers
  • Regulators
  • Government agency employees
  • Utilities employees
  • Energy marketers
  • Upstream, midstream & downstream energy company employees
  • Investment firm employees
  • Consultants
  • Business analysts
  • Financial analysts & planners
  • Natural gas traders
  • Energy advisors
  • Policy analysts
  • Economists
  • Natural gas marketers

Testimonials & Course Ratings

“Very good introductory course for global natural gas markets.”
Scott Business Analyst
“Very good course. Useful content & informative instructor.”
Glenda Director
“The course was very insightful & the instructor’s knowledge & interesting facts kept the class interesting”
“The course covered a broad range of NG related subjects. I found it quite interesting & the conversations & inputs from various industry participants were insightful.”
Erin Commercial Analyst



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