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    Exploration and Production Cost Control

    This 3-day workshop will provide a comprehensive understanding on the nature of costs and cost drivers in the E&P industry providing in-depth understanding on the budgeting process, proactive management, effective control and optimization of costs together with focused and relevant performance reporting.

    Day 1

    Understanding the Current Business Environment

    • What are the special features of the Oil & Gas Industry?
    • The Balanced Scorecard
    • Influences & measures of profitability in the E&P sector
    • Lessons from how the industry responded to low oil prices in the past
    • Opportunities & Constraints for NOCs, IOCs and Service & Supply Chain Companies
    • What can be done now?
    Day 2

    Understanding Budgets and Costs

    • Financial planning overview & the Planning Cycle
    • Budgets – the first step towards achieving medium and long term objectives & plans
    • Defining & classifying costs and their interactions
    • Understanding cost drivers during the Life of Field
    • Understanding cost drivers in different parts of the business
    Day 3

    How to Translate the Principles into Actions

    • Analysing the financial statements to identify improvements and set realistic targets
    • Preparing the Budget
    • Presenting the Plan & Obtaining approvals - How to get a YES
    • Communicating the decisions and getting buy-in
    • Allocating Responsibility for delivery
    • Performance Tracking & Management - CAPEX
    • Tracking systems & Performance management actions for Capital Projects
    • Performance Tracking & Management - OPEX
    • Performance management actions for Opex
    • Spend Changing behaviours and attitudes 10 behaviours that can destroy value Benchmarking and Integrated Planning
    • Supply Chain Management, Outsourcing and Alliancing
    • 10 tips to effectively manage contracts and contractors
    • Optimisation of supply vessels, helicopters and other logistical operations
    • Inventory management - “the cash on the shelf”
    • 10 tips to effectively manage inventory
    • Maintenance needs and systems

    Reviewing & Reacting

    • Checking and re-calibrating assumptions
    • Post Project Appraisal

    • Finance staff with accounting and financial management responsibilities
    • Those responsible for devising budgets, managing and controlling budgets
    • Professionals engaged in planning, budgeting and management reporting
    • Finance & Audit staff engaged on cost and financial controls
    • Business unit managers and personnel whose responsibilities include cost management, controlling budgets and performance reporting

    • Understanding the nature of costs and cost drivers in the E&P industry through the Field Life Cycle
    • Purpose of the Budget. Planning and Budgeting models. The Strategic and Medium-term plan.
    • Using budgets to make effective decisions. Prepare and understand costs in planning, budgeting & forecasting processes e.g. fixed / variable, capex / opex and routine / non-routine.
    • Cost Accounting. Importance of timely cost capture and accurate recording e.g. VOWD / accruals, consistency of coding and clarity on accountability
    • Strategic solutions in delivering cost optimization – “do more for less”
    • Management of costs in PSC and JV environments. Avoiding cost leakage and ensuring audit preparedness
    • Cost Control Framework - budgets, AFEs, progress reports and variance analysis. Understanding key components and ensuring seamless interaction
    • Cost Performance Reporting - use of KPI’s, variance analysis and trend analysis. Tracking and monitoring cost optimization initiatives and targets

    Some basic accounting or finance experience.

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