The Financial and Accounting Practices 

in Oil and Gas Exploration and Production (E&P)

Classroom session

10-14 June 2024

London, UK

Classroom session

14-18 Oct 2024

Dubai, UAE

Classroom session

02-06 Dec 2024

KL, Malaysia

10-14 June 2024

London, UK

14-18 Oct 2024

Dubai, UAE

02-06 Dec 2024

KL, Malaysia

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Course overview

Day 1: Introduction

The Vital Role of Accounting and Finance in E&P in the Oil and Gas Sector

The world of Exploration and Production (E&P) in the oil and gas sector is a complex and dynamic one, and it relies heavily on the expertise of professionals who can manage the financial aspects efficiently. In this article, we will delve into the roles and responsibilities of accounting and finance in E&P, shedding light on their significance in this ever-evolving industry.

Unraveling the Upstream Oil and Gas Value Chain

To understand the roles and responsibilities of accounting and finance in E&P, it's essential to comprehend the upstream oil and gas value chain. We will explore the various stages of this chain and highlight the types of accounts needed at each step to ensure smooth operations.

Navigating the Industry-Specific Terminology

The oil and gas industry is notorious for its unique terminology and contracting arrangements. We'll break down some of the jargon, including Production Sharing Contracts (PSCs) and joint ventures, to provide a clearer picture of the industry's financial landscape.

Core Financial Principles

Accounting Concepts, Standards, and Policies

In this section, we will cover the fundamental accounting concepts, standards, and policies that underpin the financial operations of the oil and gas industry. Understanding these principles is crucial for effective financial management.

Demystifying Financial Statements

We'll explore the three fundamental financial statements: the Balance Sheet, Income Statement, and Cashflow Statement. These statements are the backbone of financial reporting in the industry.

A Global Perspective: IFRS vs. GAAP

The oil and gas sector operates on a global scale, and this section will shed light on the differences between International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and how they impact financial reporting.

Asset Evaluation and Resource Valuation

We'll discuss the treatment of expenditures as assets or costs and delve into impairment principles. Additionally, we'll emphasise the importance of oil and gas resources and reserves in financial management.

Day 2: Oil and Gas Industry Accounting Principles

Full Cost vs. Successful Efforts

This section will compare the two primary accounting methods used in the industry: Full Cost and Successful Efforts. We'll examine their advantages, disadvantages, and implications for financial reporting.

Speaking the Language of Finance

Financial reporting involves a unique language. We'll dissect financial reporting elements, discuss case studies, and help you become fluent in the language of finance in the oil and gas sector.

Prospecting, Exploration, and Evaluation

Prospecting, exploration, and evaluation are critical stages in E&P. We will explore these stages, including IFRS modifications and cost centre considerations.

Day 3: Provisions & Asset Retirement Obligations

Understanding Provisions and Asset Retirement Obligations

This section defines provisions and asset retirement obligations, outlining the relevant accounting standards. We'll discuss measurement, disclosures, and environmental cleanup costs in detail.

Case Study: Measuring and Remeasuring Asset Retirement Obligations

We'll delve into a practical case study to demonstrate how to measure and remeasure asset retirement obligations accurately, highlighting their financial significance.

Accounting for Rehabilitation Funds

Rehabilitation funds play a pivotal role in ensuring environmental responsibility in the industry. We will cover how they are accounted for and managed.

Day 4: Accounting for Production

Managing Property, Plant, and Equipment (PP&E)

Applying IAS 16, we'll explore the accounting for Property, Plant, and Equipment (PP&E) in the oil and gas industry. This includes cost centres, depreciation methods, impairment testing, and direct production costs.

Real-World Scenarios: Case Studies

To provide a practical perspective, we'll include real-world case studies in this section, showcasing how accounting principles are applied in actual E&P operations.

Asset Impairment

Valuation Methods and Impairment Testing

Asset impairment is a critical aspect of financial reporting. We'll discuss economic valuation methods, impairment testing principles, and indicators that trigger impairment assessments.

Impairment Testing for Ongoing Projects

This section addresses impairment testing in the context of ongoing projects and explores the relevant cost centres involved in this process.

Day 5: Revenue Recognition (IFRS 15)

Navigating IFRS 15

IFRS 15 has a significant impact on revenue recognition in the oil and gas industry. We'll provide an overview of this standard and explain how it affects the measurement of oil and gas revenues.

Accounting for Revenue Imbalances

Understanding revenue imbalances is crucial for financial reporting accuracy. We'll include a case study that demonstrates how to account for revenue imbalances effectively.

Joint Venture Principles

The World of Joint Ventures

This section explores the nature of joint ventures, the different types of arrangements, and the critical aspects of joint venture agreements. We'll also discuss the relationships between operator and non-operator participants.

COPAS Model and Equity Methods

We'll delve into the COPAS model, accounting procedures, budgets, cash calls, and cost allocation methods commonly used in joint ventures. This section will also clarify the responsibilities for accurate IFRS reporting.

Oil and Gas Reserves

Measuring and Disclosing Reserves

We'll discuss the adoption of alternative accounting guidance and SEC/US GAAP standards for measuring and disclosing reserves. This is vital for transparency and compliance in the industry.

Analysing Reserves and Profitability

To assess the financial health of an oil and gas company, it's essential to analyze reserves and profitability. We'll introduce performance ratios and their significance in this context.

The Economics of E&P Contractual Arrangements

Contracts and Their Impact

We'll contrast contractual arrangements in tax and royalty regimes with production sharing contracts. This section will explore the economics of these arrangements and their financial implications.

Ensuring Financial Control

Financial control, audits, and dispute resolution are critical aspects of contractual arrangements. We'll emphasise their importance, with a focus on production sharing contracts.

In conclusion, this comprehensive training program offers a deep dive into financial and accounting practices in the oil and gas industry, covering various aspects of upstream operations. Whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting your journey in the industry, this knowledge is invaluable.

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Our Expert 

Meet your trainer

Alan is an accounting and finance professional with over thirty years’ experience. For the past twenty two years Alan has specialised in consulting and the delivery of in-house and public training, delivering programmes in financial reporting, financial management and analysis of financial information with a focus on upstream oil and gas.

His experience includes delivery and development of in-house training programmes in IFRS for oil and gas for BP, Eni, Kogas, Gazprom, Petronas, Nigerian LNG, Mubadala and Ugandan Revenue Service and has run numerous public courses in the Far East, Middle East, Africa and Europe in financial reporting for oil and gas for a wide range of international and national oil companies and public regulators.

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