Financing and de-risking the energy industry in a new global context
26-27 September 2017

The past few years, following the global financial crisis, can be characterised by a shortage of public equity funding and tighter and more stringent corporate credit conditions. This has made the long-term financing of the energy industry a major management challenge.

Although financing conditions have generally improved, there remains caution around risk management and mitigation and, at the same time, meeting the essential requirement to achieve acceptable returns on invested capital.

Following the success of this event in 2016, the UK National Committee of the World Petroleum Council, in partnership with the Energy Institute, hosted a workshop which brought experts from the finance and energy industries together to address these challenges and to focus on possible financing solutions that facilitate the de-risking of the energy industry in the new global context.

Masterclass in strategies and techniques for financing the oil and gas industry in transition
10-11 May 2016, London

The sharp drop in oil prices poses many problems for the oil and gas industry, with many companies across the sector facing ongoing financial challenges, which in turn has elevated the subject to the top of managements' agendas. To help the industry address these issues, the UK Committee of the World Petroleum Council, with the support of the Energy Institute hosted this Expert Workshop to focus on the financing of oil and gas companies, and to explore the various sources of financing that can be utilised for mega-dollar conventional and unconventional oil and gas projects. The workshop presented insights from financial industry experts, NOCs, IOCs and independents along with valuable legal and insurance related views.

Strategies for raising capital for oil and gas projects and mitigating risk
12 February 2015, London
Energy Institute International Petroleum Week conference organised in partnership with the WPC UK National Committee

The conference focused on the challenges faced by oil and gas companies when attracting investment in the climate of falling oil price and uncertainty in the oil and gas markets. With tighter lending conditions, attracting investment by oil and gas companies, especially smaller and medium size players, became increasingly difficult. The conference discussed whether returns from oil and gas projects were high enough to attract investors, would there be heightened M&A activity in months to come, the outlook for financing LNG projects, and how risks can be mitigated.

Challenges and opportunities in global oil and gas finance
19 February 2014, London
Expert Workshop hosted by the UK National Committee at the International Petroleum Week.

The workshop focused on raising finance for major international oil and gas projects. The workshop promoted the City’s expertise in providing advice and expert professional services in raising capital, mitigating risks and securing insurance. More than ever before project developers, sponsors and their advisers, bankers, credit agencies and investors must be properly equipped to analyse and explain the risks and prospects for a project’s future performance. The workshop topics included:

  • Sources of finance for projects, impact of the global credit crisis on debt and equity funding
  • Identifying, analysing and explaining risks (regulatory, geo-political, completion, technical, human, commodity price risks)
  • Structuring and sizing the loan facilities, production sharing agreements
  • Insurance requirements for financed onshore and offshore oil, gas and petrochemical projects
  • Case studies of upstream, midstream and downstream projects from around the world, which benefited from expertise and finance provided by City financiers, will be the key element of the workshop. The highlighted projects included those developed in Africa, Middle East, Russia, China, Brazil, India, and Turkey.

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UK Ministerial Session held at the World Petroleum Congress in Qatar
5 December 2011, Doha
Keynote address:
Rt Hon Lord Howell of Guildford, Minister of State, International Energy Policy,
Foreign and Commonwealth Office

This interactive session provided guests with the opportunity to engage with 3 senior government and industry leaders about the skills, knowledge and technology available to make the most of the opportunities in meeting global energy needs. The speakers focused on the benefits of international partnerships and collaboration, accessing and deploying the best capabilities available globally – from delivery of mega projects to niche businesses in the oil and gas industries.

Past UK Youth Committee Events

St Thomas the Apostle College Aspirations Evening
25 June 2015
Aspirations evening which offered insight into our industry and how students can align their educational choices to support a career in the oil and gas industry.

Oil prices - The disruptive change that no-one saw coming?
Evening lecture
13 February 2015
Hosted by the UK Youth Committee and Cass Business School. To watch the recordings visit this link.

Tomorrow's Leaders Symposium
8 August 2014
A European conference, the Tomorrow's Leaders Symposium was the first of its kind and brought together a diverse group of high potential young professionals and senior leaders from the wider oil and gas industry and governmental organisations. 90 young professional from both technical and non-technical backgrounds, representing more than 40 companies from almost 15 countries met up at the conference to broaden their understanding of the industry and foster intercompany and organisation exchange between tomorrow's leaders early in their careers.



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