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Course Level
Delivery Method
Classroom Instructor-Led Course
Professional Development Credit Hours
There is no pre-requisite for this course.

"Teacher is very professional and really skilled." GME


Nigel Harris is a director and principal consultant at Kingston Energy Consulting, which he founded with Mary Jackson in 2002. He has been helping energy traders to analyse and understand the markets for over 25 years, initially as a developer of market analysis software systems, and more recently as a consultant. At Kingston Energy Consulting, his main focus is on providing education and information transfer to participants in the energy trading business, through instructor-led classroom training, web-based training development, research projects, workshops, briefings and research-based report writing. In his work with Mennta Energy Solutions, he has created a library of new instructor-led and web-based courses on European gas and power markets and trading. In 2005, he worked with Mary Jackson to develop the popular Oil Trading Orientation course, which has since been presented at venues all over the world. He has also extensively revised and updated many existing courses on derivatives, hedging and risk management.   He regularly presents this material both at public venues and as in-house, often customised, courses. He is co-author of a series of highly regarded reports on European natural gas trading and has also contributed to reports on power markets and oil trading. In previous roles, he was a key member of the team that initially designed and developed Saladin 's innovative Petroleum Analysis Workstation, a system that became an industry standard for historical price analysis during the 1990s and remained in use in the industry for two decades. During this period, he worked closely and extensively with oil and gas traders around the world to understand their information and analytical requirements. He also spent some years as an independent consultant, working mainly with software and information providers to help them better understand the oil and gas trading sectors.


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Overview of European Natural Gas and Electric Power (CLASSROOM) - ENGP

Course Summary

This introductory course gives an overview of the natural gas and electric power industries in Europe. Those who attend will learn the basics of natural gas exploration and production and electricity generation. The course addresses how these energy forms are transported and stored (where possible), quality characteristics and measurement, and European supply and demand patterns and trends.

The course also provides a brief introduction to the way in which gas and power are handled commercially within Europe, and explores the roles and responsibilities of different market participants including grid operators, retail suppliers, electricity generators and gas producers.

Who Should Attend?

This course is ideal for any individual new to the natural gas and electric power industries or an existing participant who needs to understand the basics of the business within which they operate. It also provides an excellent overview for individuals who work in financial, ICT or business service roles and have an interest in the gas and electricity industries and markets.

Course Content

Units and Measurement

  • Introduction to units of energy and power

The European natural gas industry

  • Characteristics and uses of natural gas
  • Natural gas exploration and production
  • Natural gas processing and gas quality
  • European gas supply and demand patterns and trends
  • Gas transportation by pipeline and as LNG
  • Storage and the balancing of gas supply and demand

The European power industry

  • Characteristics and uses of electricity
  • Power generation technology
  • European generation capacity and fuel mix
  • Load profiles and merit orders
  • Electricity transmission and distribution
  • European electricity demand patterns and trends

Gas and electricity trade and markets

  • Wholesale energy markets and liberalisation
  • Principles of market design
  • Roles of grid operators and grid users
  • Contract, spot and forward markets
  • Retail energy markets
  • Wholesale energy markets

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