Introduction to Natural Gas: Industry, Infrastructure and Regulation

Disciplines: Health, Safety, Environment, and Sustainability | Management | Production and Operations | Projects, Facilities, and Construction

Course Description

This course will present an overview of the natural gas industry and related natural gas liquids and shale oil infrastructure so that attendees gain a comprehensive understanding of the natural gas industry, supply chain, and regulation in the U.S. and in regions where the course is being taught. Attendees will learn about natural gas terminology, measurements, and conversions. The instructor will also cover natural gas conventional and unconventional gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing, gathering, operations, and markets. It will provide an in-depth understanding of natural gas processing plants, pipelines, storage, LNG peak shaving plants, LNG Import and Export terminals and local distribution companies (LDCs). The course will address the difference between firm and interruptible gas pipeline transportation, nominations, balancing, and rate-making proceedings. The instructor will also cover regulatory agencies of the upstream, midstream and downstream natural gas supply chain during the construction and operation of gas projects.

Course Objectives

To familiarize students with the basic terminology, infrastructure, and regulations of the natural gas supply chain and markets.

Daily Agenda

Learning Level

Introductory to Intermediate

Course Length

1 Day

Why Attend

Attendees will be able to advise their organizations about natural gas projects that they may be planning and operating and have a greater appreciation of the importance of shale gas in global gas markets.

Who Attends

Attendees that are new to natural gas and/or those needing a refresher course to become familiar with U.S. shale gas and its associated markets.


0.8 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are awarded for this 1-day course.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be received no later than 14 days prior to the course start date. Cancellations made after the 14-day window will not be refunded. Refunds will not be given due to no show situations.

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We reserve the right to substitute course instructors as necessary.



Tom Russo is an Energy and Environmental expert with unique regulatory skills in natural gas and liquefied natural gas infrastructure, hydropower, NEPA environmental impact assessment, energy markets, prices, and physical/cybersecurity.

Before founding Russo on Energy LLC in May 2015, Mr. Russo worked for over 30 years as a Manager and Sr. Energy Industry Analyst at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Mr. Russo teaches Global Energy Security, Global Energy Markets and International Energy & Environmental Regulation at the Elliot School of International Affairs at the George Washington University in Washington DC. He also writes a bimonthly Energy and Environmental column for the Natural Gas and Electricity Journal.

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22 Oct 2021
Virtual [MYT; UTC+8]

Course timing:
0900 – 1800 hours (UTC +8 )

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