• EPRINC Holds First Virtual Workshop: There Will Be Gas

    On Tuesday, June 16 2020, EPRINC hosted its first Virtual Workshop, entitled There Will Be Gas. The discussion covered recent developments in U.S. natural gas supply and implications for the global LNG market as world economies emerge from COVID-19 lockdowns. Assistant Secretary of Energy Steve Winberg;  METI Director of Oil and Gas, Takeshi Soda; President and CEO of IEEJ, Masakazu Toyoda; EPRINC staff and fellows; and industry experts all weighed in to discuss developments in these important markets. This was an invitation-only event and space is limited to provide an opportunity for open discussion among all participants, however the workshop is now available on demand by clicking here and the presentations from the workshop can be accessed on DropBox here or by clicking the individual presentations below. 

  • EPRINC’s First Webinar, “Crisis in the Oil Market: Remembrances of the Past, Policy Responses for the Future”

    EPRINC has produced its first webinar, entitled “Crisis in the Oil Market: Remembrances of the Past, Policy Responses for the Future.” The webinar featured a roundtable discussion from EPRINC’s staff, distinguished fellows and trustees. They examined the major forces shaping the oil market since 1973-74 Arab Oil Embargo and what we’ve learned in the interim about opportunities and strategies for the industry and policy makers going forward. One of the takeaways was that yes, the crisis in the oil patch is in many ways unprecedented, but we’ve seen this movie before.

    The discussion was led by EPRINC’s president, Lucian Pugliaresi, and drew upon the knowledge base of Larry Goldstein, Michael Lynch and Ivan Sandrea. Lynch and Pugliaresi both presented some slides to facilitate the discussion, and the ones that Pugliaresi used were created by EPRINC’s Max Pyzuir. Both presentations can be found below.

    Larry Goldstein is the former president of EPRINC and a co-founder of Petroleum Industry Research Associates in New York City. Michael Lynch is a Distinguished Fellow at the Energy Policy Research Foundation and President of Strategic Energy and Economic Research. Ivan Sandrea is former CEO of Sierra Oil and Gas, a Mexican independent oil and gas company. Prior to becoming CEO of Sierra, Ivan held a number of leadership and technical positions, including senior partner at EY London, where he was responsible for global oil and gas in emerging markets, and president at Energy Intelligence.

    If you missed the webinar, it has been recorded and is available “on demand” by clicking here.

  • EPRINC’s Lucian Pugliaresi and Larry Goldstein Publish a Commentary on Policy Responses to the Current Crisis in the World Oil Market in Real Clear Energy

    EPRINC President Lucian Pugliaresi and former EPRINC President Larry Goldstein have written a piece for Real Clear Energy entitled “Oil Quotas and Import Fees? No, Get America Back to Work.” In this piece, they examine the current issues in petroleum in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, as demand destruction coincides with an oversupplied market. They write about their concerns with oil quotas and import fees as realistic solutions to this issue, and provide their thoughts on a possible solution. Click here to read their article.

  • Barclays Bank and EPRINC Host Discussion on Fracking Ban

    On February 13, 2020 in NYC, Barclays Bank and EPRINC hosted a discussion on U.S. petroleum policy  with the  investment community and public sector participants.  EPRINC Distinguished fellow Michael Lynch presented  his findings on the implications of a fracking ban on US production and energy security. EPRINC Distinguished Fellow Trisha Curtis updated the attendees on recent productivity trends in unconventional (shale) oil and gas production in the U.S. Lucian Pugliaresi, EPRINC’s President, moderated the discussion.

    Ahead of the 2020 U.S. Presidential elections, several Democratic candidates have been endorsing policies that, to various degrees, would restrict hydraulic fracturing (HF), a drilling technique that has been largely responsible for the rapid expansion of U.S. oil and gas production. The consequences of such a policy initiative have been evaluated and published by EPRINC. The report was authored by Michael Lynch and can be found here and his presentation slides from the event are available here. Trisha Curtis’ slide presentation can be found here.

    EPRINC would like to thank Harry Mateer of Barclays and Paul Tice of Schroeders for organizing and coordinating this event.

  • The Impact of a Fracking Ban on Shale Production and the Economy by Michael Lynch

    Oil and gas production from the U.S. petroleum resource base has experienced an unprecedented expansion in output which has now positioned the U.S. as the world’s largest oil and gas producer. The North American petroleum production platform is soon to become a net oil and gas exporter to the world market. This rapid expansion in oil and gas production has enhanced U.S. energy security, provided greater stability to the world oil market, and conveyed sustained economic benefits to the national economy. The expansion in output has been possible through a series of advances in extraction technology including the use of hydraulic fracturing which permits oil and gas production from so-called source rock.

    Concerns over carbon emissions from sustained increases in domestic oil and gas production has now been reflected in the 2020 Presidential race, with some candidates and many public interest groups calling for an end to hydraulic fracturing. Operationally, these initiatives would include a ban on oil and gas development on public lands, prohibition of new infrastructure, such as pipelines, export terminals and even refineries. This effort, championed by several Democratic candidates for President would include features of so-called Green New Deal (GND) to quickly move that national energy complex to a fully renewable fuel system.

    In this paper, EPRINC fellow, Michael Lynch, explores the economic consequences of policies aimed at severely reducing U.S. oil and gas production. Such an estimate is important because whatever the merits (benefits) from reducing carbon emissions through oil and gas production constraints, policy makers will have to confront the costs and public acceptance of such a policy.

  • EPRINC Background Note: Outline of NaftoHaz/ GazProm Issues Ahead of 12/31/2019 Transit Agreement Expiration

    EPRINC’s Max Pyziur has created a note describing the background information behind the NaftoHaz/GazProm issues, specifically ahead of the 12/31/2019 transit agreement expiration. This work was penned in December 2019 just before that expiration date.

  • For Discussion: EU Natural Gas Overview Powerpoint by Max Pyziur

    EPRINC’s Max Pyziur created the attached presentation on the EU Natural Gas Overview in September 2019.

  • Emily Medina Publishes Op-Ed on PEMEX in El Financiero

    EPRINC Fellow Emily Medina published an op-ed in El Financiero on December 13th, 2019, and translated the piece to English for EPRINC. The op-ed, entitled “Should PEMEX Assume All the Risk?” can be found here, and the original Spanish-language version can be found on the El Financiero website here.

  • EPRINC Welcomes Salvador Beltran-del-Rio as a New Distinguished Fellow

    EPRINC is excited to announce the addition of Salvador Beltran-del-Rio as a Distinguished Fellow. Salvador is Dean of the School of Government and Economics, Universidad Panamericana.  He has 30 years of leadership experience in public and private sectors in Mexico where he engaged in the energy sector as well as on various areas at national-international level. More of Salvador’s background can be found here.

  • Emily Medina on Think Tech Hawaii, “Energy in America Program”

    Emily Medina was interviewed recently on Think Tech Hawaii. Some clips from that broadcast can be found below:

     

    Emily on the attack on the Saudi oil facilities.

     

    Emily on Mexico’s Energy Reform.

Emily Medina Publishes Op-Ed on PEMEX in El Financiero

EPRINC Fellow Emily Medina published an op-ed in El Financiero on December 13th, 2019, and translated the piece to English for EPRINC. The op-ed, entitled “Should PEMEX Assume All the Risk?” can be found here, and the original Spanish-language version can be found on the El Financiero website here.

EPRINC Welcomes Dr. Octavio F. Pastrana as a New Distinguished Fellow

Dr. Octavio F. Pastrana is joining EPRINC as the organization’s newest Distinguished Fellow. Octavio has forty three years of professional experience in world class companies in the oil and gas, and energy sectors, and as top executive for engineering and construction companies in South America and Mexico, in power generation and infrastructure.

Octavio has extensive experience in the oil and gas industry. For the past five years until May 2019,  Octavio was member of the Board of Petroleos Mexicanos, PEMEX. His deep engagement as advisor to the top executives and as leader of company planning far exceeded his duties as a non-executive board member, and while serving for four years as Chairman of its Strategy and Investment Committee, Octavio drove the transition of the company on a month to month basis to a new focus on performance and results.  During his thirteen years with BP, Octavio worked for five years as Chairman and CEO of Chaco, the oil and gas company which was formed during the privatization of the Bolivian national oil company YPFB, and for seven years as Country Head and General Director of oil and gas business units in Alaska, Venezuela, and México.

During 2013 and 2014, Octavio advised the Energy Commission of the Mexican Senate in development of the Constitutional Reform and subsequent Laws, engagement which led to his appointment as board member of PEMEX. 

The rest of Octavio’s bio can be found here.

EPRINC Welcomes Salvador Beltran-del-Rio as a New Distinguished Fellow

EPRINC is excited to announce the addition of Salvador Beltran-del-Rio as a Distinguished Fellow. Salvador is Dean of the School of Government and Economics, Universidad Panamericana.  He has 30 years of leadership experience in public and private sectors in Mexico where he engaged in the energy sector as well as on various areas at national-international level. More of Salvador’s background can be found here.

EPRINC and IEEJ Co-Host Third US – Japan LNG Workshop

IEEJ and EPRINC are in the third year of a joint assessment of the future role of LNG in Asian power and fuel markets. The effort has been supported by both METI and DOE and is part of the Japan-United States Strategic Energy Partnership (JUSEP). It remains an important joint initiative in supporting the growth of LNG in the Asia Pacific region.

Among the more important objectives of this joint effort are identifying recent trends and longer-term uncertainties in Asian natural gas markets, proposing joint policy initiatives, and highlighting the critical role of U.S. LNG exports in serving those markets. To this end, EPRINC and IEEJ have co-hosted a workshop that included presentations and discussion on the U.S. LNG value chain, opportunities and challenges for financing the expansion of U.S. LNG exports and the development of new regasification facilities in Asia. The program also explored strategies to bring more liquidity to the financing of U.S. LNG exports.

The workshop presentations and accompanying discussion will contribute to the final joint IEEJ-EPRINC report and recommendations. These findings and recommendations will be presented at the 8th Annual Producer Consumer Conference on September 28, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. The agenda for the workshop can be found here, the presentations given that day are here, and the photos from the workshop are here.

A subsequent workshop was held in Jakarta on August 22, 2019. The presentations from that workshop can be found here.

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