Oil & Gas Training
and Competency Development

Discipline Economics and Finance
LevelFoundation
Duration3 Days
Delivery Mechanism Classroom
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Exploration and Production Accounting - Level 1

This introductory level course will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of international accounting and financial practices in the upstream oil and gas industry. Course participants will be introduced to financial issues that are unique to the upstream industry and their accounting treatment.

Participants will learn about joint ventures including what they are, why they are used, and the accounting implications that arise when a person is involved in a joint venture.  

The final part of the course will be a thorough and comprehensive review of the types of costs that occur in the various stages of an upstream project and how these costs should be managed and controlled.

  • Agenda
  • Audience
  • Prerequisites
  • Agenda

    Day 1

    Accounting Policies

    • Successful efforts and full cost accounting
    • Reserve data and its use in accounting calculations
    • How to calculate Depreciation, Depletion, and Amortization (DD&A)
    • Impairment test and how is it calculated
    • Decommissioning costs and how they are accounted for 

    The objective of the first day of the course will be to give participants a full understanding of how Exploration and Production (E&P) differs from other industries and how this impacts the accounting for activities that arise in the various stages of a typical oil and gas field.  Participants will learn how exploration and appraisal costs are accounted for, what oil and gas reserves are, and how they are used in key accounting calculations such as DD&A and the impairment test. The decommissioning of oil and gas field sites at the end of their economic lives and the accounting treatment of these costs will be discussed.

    Day 2

    Joint Ventures (JV)

    • Joint venture and uses in the upstream industry
    • Joint venture agreement and accounting procedure
    • Prepare and process a cash call
    • Joint interest billing statement and use
    • How to allocate key costs - General and Administrative (G&A) and transportation costs 

    Participants will learn what a joint venture is, why they are used in the upstream industry, and how they function. Participants will examine the use of cash calls to fund JV operations and the reporting of expenditures incurred on JV operations to non-operating partners in the monthly JV billing statement. The operator of the JV has to develop a methodology for allocating costs between different JVs.  Participants will learn the possible alternatives and the key factors they should take into consideration when dealing with this issue.

    Day 3

    Cost Types, Control, and Analysis

    • Project development and construction costs
    • Use of Authorization for Expenditures (AFEs) and cost estimating
    • Operating costs incurred in the production phase and how they are managed
    • Well cost estimating and drilling cost control

    Participants will learn about the various types of costs that are incurred during the different phases of the field life cycle.  Project development costs and the techniques used in controlling and managing these costs will be examined. Participants will learn what an AFE is and how they are used. The importance of keeping control of production operating costs will be covered. Participants will learn how to prepare a cost estimate for a drilling operation and the techniques required to effectively control and monitor well costs.

  • Audience

    Finance and accounting staff who are new to the oil and gas industry, as well as personnel who are being developed for a broader role within their finance organizations. The course will also benefit audit staff, IT staff, treasury personnel, and tax specialists who require a better understanding and awareness of upstream oil and gas accounting and finance.

  • Prerequisites

    A basic knowledge of accounting and finance.

  • Prerequisites

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