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The past three years have been a challenging time for the GTL industry.  Several high-profile projects have been shelved.  The new symbol of GTL development — the Oryx project in Qatar — has been struggling to ramp up to full production.  The Escravos project under construction in Nigeria is facing delays and huge cost over-runs. And, like other energy industries, GTL is finding the project construction environment challenging. On the plus side, the difficulties at Oryx are close to being resolved, and construction is in full swing on Shell’s Pearl project in Qatar, which is still on track to come on stream “around the turn of the decade”.

Meanwhile, what of future projects? The volatility of oil prices is making the economics of GTL unpredictable.  Will decreasing capital costs be enough to offset the declining price of oil in the short to medium term? And what is the long-term outlook for oil prices and project costs, given that GTL projects are long-term ventures?

This seminar will explore all aspects of the GTL value chain, providing a thorough analysis of the industry, as well as exploring how it is likely to evolve in coming years.

About your workshop leader:

Alex Forbes, Director, Forbes Communications Limited
 

  Alex Forbes is an independent energy journalist and consultant, having spent his entire career covering the electricity, natural gas and oil industries. He was Editor of the leading international energy journal Gas Matters from 1995 until July 2005, when he left to pursue a freelance career. At that time he became an associate of Gas Strategies Group.  He is a regular contributor to a broad range of energy publications that includes Petroleum Economist, European Energy Review, Gas Matters, LNG Focus and Arab Oil and Gas.

 

Workshop programme

13:30 Registration & Coffee

14:00 GTL PROJECTS

15:00 GTL TECHNOLOGY

15:30 Afternoon Tea

16:00 GTL ECONOMICS

16:30 MARKETING GTL

17:00 Discussion & Questions - a review of the session

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WHAT IS CPD?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.

CPD AND PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTES

There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.

TYPICAL CPD SCHEMES AND RECORDING OF CPD (CPD points and hours)

Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.

GLOBAL CPD

Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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