Training Courses

Our Approach to Training

Resource Economist offers courses covering the spectrum of energy from crude oil and natural gas to renewables, electricity and energy storage and the fuels of the future. Our courses are highly interactive, and supported by excellent training materials that can be downloaded and kept. Online and (where possible) classroom tuition is supplemented by exercises, simulations and team games that allow course delegates to get to know each other and to maximize the professional and social benefits of the courses. Courses are delivered by Resource Economist founder and director Peter Stewart, and/or a group of experienced associates.

To contact Peter please send a text to his mobile phone: +44 7703 341 529.

Skills Gap Challenges Energy Majors

New graduates are shunning the oil and gas industry in droves, despite the lure of good salaries. What can the industry do to attract top talent?

Crude Oil Trading and Risk Management

The 4-day Crude Oil Trading and Risk Management covers crude oil pricing, trading, contracts, freight and RM using futures, options and swaps

Refined Products Pricing and Risk Management

The 3-day course Refined Products Pricing and Risk Management explains the refined products pricing and trading, and how futures, options and swaps can be used to manage price risk

ETS Energy Transition Strategies and Skills

Strategies for the Energy Transition

This two-day course explores how countries and instititions can develop a strategy to meet the upcoming challenges of the Energy Transition, in particular the targets set by the Paris Agreement. The course covers the climate reduction strategies available, evaluates these from a scientific and techno-economic perspective, and introduces tools that can be used to define a strategy while remaining competitive as a business.

TRM Trading and Risk Management

COTRM Crude Oil Trading and Risk Management

This course provides a comprehensive overview of physical crude oil trading, including the main price benchmarks, the drivers of crude oil differentials, the key parameters of a physical crude oil deal, crude oil transportation and freight calculations, crude oil valuation using the GPW approach, the crude oil derivatives markets and their use in risk management, using futures, options and swaps in hedging and finally, locking in physical arbitrage using derivatives.

DFA Data, Forecasting and Analytics

Energy Data Explained

This one-day course introduces the key data sets used by the energy community to plan strategy and to make decisions. The course explains how to use the data sets provided by the International Energy Agency, covering both OECD and non-OECD countries. It also introduces a range of alternative data sources including that provided by JODI, as well as national source data from the EIA and other countries. The course covers data on the fossil fuels (crude oil, refined products, natural gas, coal) and data on the use of renewable energy sources.


PVA Energy Pricing and Valuation

Crude Oil Valuation and Pricing

The crude oil landscape is changing. This course provides a comprehensive understanding of how the valuation of crude oil by the refining sector, and how it is priced in the international market and in the domestic market. The course explores the future drivers of crude valuation as climate regulation switches the profile of demand growth from transportation fuels to alternative uses in the petrochemical and industrial sectors. The future of crude oil pricing given the inevitable decline in production of key benchmarks such as North Sea Brent is also considered.

Energy Transition Strategy and Leadership

How can traditional energy companies position themselves in the new energy landscape? This is probably the most important question faced by any energy company CEO. Resource Economist provides a four-day course on Strategic Vision, Leadership and the Energy Transition that allows strategists and leaders to brainstorm how to react to change, and how to shape the future direction of their organisations in the context of the tectonic and disruptive changes in the energy landscape that lie ahead. We also offer individual and systemic coaching on organisational transformations. Peter is a certicifcated Psychosynthesis Leadership Coach and works with a number of experienced associates who are expert in organisational change and energy strategy. 

To contact Peter please send a text to his mobile phone: +44 7703 341 529.

Renewables and Green Jobs

Resource Economist provides courses on the Energy Transition including renewable energies such as solar, wind and geothermal, energy storage and future fuels such as hydrogen, biofuels and nuclear. This is the most dynamic growth area for jobs in energy, and relevant to both investors and entrepreneurs entering the industry as well as experienced professionals in traditional energies who want to re-envision their pathway in energy. High-level courses on the economics of renewables are provided by Peter Stewart, while in-depth courses on specific technologies are delivered through associates. Peter set up the monthly Power Fuels Tracker for Interfax, providing analysis of fuel substitution trends and the economics of competing fuels for the power sector including comparisons of the economics of coal, gas and renewables. 

To contact Peter please send a text to his mobile phone: +44 7703 341 529.

Gas Economics and the Heating Sector

Gas and renewables have been hailed by the energy majors as a golden combination to address energy demand needs and climate pressures. Our courses provide high-level overviews of gas economics, as well as in-depth courses on gas pricing, the gas trading hubs, LNG economics and markets, and the value-chains for LNG, NGLs and LPG. As the LNG market becomes increasingly global, we also  provide data-focussed courses on gas market fundamentals, tracking supply and demand trends in Europe and Russia, Asia-Pacific, the Americas and Middle East/Africa. Peter was the editor of the analytical newsletter Global Gas Analytics and its supplement Power Fuel Tracker and has written extensively about the gas market for OIES and others. 

To contact Peter please send a text to his mobile phone: +44 7703 341 529.

Crude Oil and Refined Products

Our courses on crude oil and refined products cover upstream, midstream and downstream and focus on the commercial aspects of the oil value chain. We provide high-level courses on the fundamentals of oil and gas, as well as in-depth courses on crude oil valuation and pricing; refined products trading, pricing, specifications and valuation; the refining landscape and technologies; and the logistics of oil transportation including shipping and freight economics. Peter worked for nearly 20 years with energy and commodities pricing agency Platts, now S&P Gloabl Platts, and is an expert on commodity pricing mechanisms. To contact Peter please send a text to his mobile phone: +44 7703 341 529.

Data Analysis and Forecasting

The energy data world is exploding as new technologies such as blockchain transform the way that oil and gas are traded, and as new technologies at the grid edge transform the way that consumers engage with electricity suppliers. Resource Economist provides high-level courses on the availability and reliability of energy data, including how to use the datasets published by the IEA, IEF/JODI and other multi-lateral institutions, as well as how to handle and evaluate national source data of varying quality. We also offer more in-depth courses on forecasting prices for crude oil, refined products, natural gas/LNG and renewables, using fundamental, technical and econometric analysis. As Big Data becomes more important in the energy sector, we also aim to offer courses on Data Analytics through selected associates. 

To contact Peter please send a text to his mobile phone: +44 7703 341 529.

Communications and Engagement

As the energy transition transforms the legacy systems that have delivered energy for the last century, we believe that the skills needed by the energy sector of the future will change and become more diverse. Resource Economist offers a range of one-day courses including editing and writing skills, presentation skills, coaching and mentoring skills, written and verbal communication, and technical writing for those with English as a second language.

We also offer coaching-style courses on diversity and team-building.  There is a burning need to get more young people and women involved in this rapidly-changing world, and our courses provide strategies for engagement, training and retention of staff. 

To contact Peter please send a text to his mobile phone: +44 7703 341 529.