Essentials of Petroleum Economics & Decision-Making

Economics is the primary link between decision-making and profitable operations. This course will explain how to apply tools from petroleum economics which help make better decisions for upstream oil and gas opportunities.

It introduces the economic concepts, strategies, and basic tools utilized in the oil and gas industry which helps you learn how to assess the economic attractiveness of upstream investments in the face of uncertainty. Plus you will learn how to recognize attractive opportunities and avoid bad ones.

Oil and gas companies routinely use economic tools to make decisions about investments and divestitures. This course will both provide background on the upstream oil and gas industry and also introduce you to the economic and decision-making tools used to make high stakes decisions in uncertain environments.

You will learn why the following are important to petroleum economics: Optimal Choice; Decline Curves; Reserves; Cash Flows; Before and After Tax Economics; Discount Rate; Incremental, Acquisition, and Exploration Economics; Value of Information, Monte Carlo Methods; and an understanding of Oil and Gas.

The instructor, Mark Cronshaw, has extensive experience in economics, business and engineering, both domestically and internationally. This combination brings to light the many aspects of oil and gas opportunities.

2018 Course Brochure and Registration Form (online registration option below)

Upcoming Courses

April 18-19, 2018 – Houston, TX Register Online
August 22-23, 2018 – Denver, CO Register Online

In-Company Training

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Mark Cronshaw, PhD MBA

Who Should Attend

  • Entry- and Mid-Level Managers
  • Landmen
  • Accountants
  • Bankers
  • Project Managers
  • Government Officials
  • Production Engineers
  • Financial Analysts
  • Geologists
  • Reservoir Engineers
  • Regulators
  • Planners
  • Policy Analysts
  • Petroleum industry personnel who would like to develop or increase their knowledge in basic economic analysis, cost estimation, and profitability assessment
  • *There are no prerequisites for attendance.

During this two-day seminar, you will learn…

  • How to organize and frame economic problems in the oil and gas industry
  • Apply and compute basic economic criteria
  • Build and evaluate cash flows
  • Increase your knowledge in basic petroleum economic analysis, cost estimation, and profitability assessment
  • Understand the differences in risk and return of conventional and unconventional assets
  • Recognize and use basic units, conversions, and classification systems common in the industry.

Program Highlights

  • Understand the essential elements of how cash flow components are estimated using real-life examples
  • Economic criteria for screening and ranking projects
  • Field development profiles and cash flow streams
  • Case studies and current events will be used to illustrate the application of the course material

Course Outline Summary

  • Oil and Gas industry
  • Predicting the Future
  • Choices, Uncertainties, Objectives
  • Conventional and Unconventional Resources
  • Production and Reserves
  • Prices and Costs
  • Cash Flows
  • Discount Rate
  • Financial Metrics
  • Before and After Tax Economics
  • Examples and Exercises


  • Professional Development Hours (PDHs) = 12.5
  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) = 1.25

Course Fee

  • Group Discount (3 or more): $995 per person
  • Early Enrollment Discount: $1295 per person
  • Regular Tuition Fee: $1495 per person

Dates, Times & Locations

The seminar meets from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm each day.
April 18-19, 2018 * Houston, TX
Doubletree by Hilton at Greenway Plaza
6 Greenway Plaza East, Houston, TX 713-629-1200
Contact Room Reservation Specialist, Lesley Close, to make your reservations and to receive the group rate. There is not an online reservation link option.
Email: Lesley.Close@hilton.com; Direct Line: 713-850-2308.
Tulsa University rate: $189.00

August 22-23, 2018 – Denver, CO

Marriott Tech Center Hotel
4900 S. Syracuse Street, Denver, CO 303-779-1100
Contact the hotel directly to make room reservations by calling 1-877-303-0104.
Tulsa University rate: $179.00 Group rate valid until August 6, 2018.