The North American LPG and NGL Markets - LP0NA 

CPE Credits Awarded: 24
Categories: Trading, Derivatives, Hedging and Risk Management, Oil Industry, LPG

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The rising production of natural gas liquids (NGL) and LPG from the development of shale and tight gas deposits in N America has become one of the key drivers of the LPG industry in the Americas and globally and will remain so for the foreseeable future. This course is designed to provide a firm understanding of the structure of the N American NGL and LPG markets; infrastructure developments which will determine to disposition of supplies; potential markets – domestic, in the rest of the Americas and internationally – and potential implications for future pricing. The course will also cover the impact on international trade patterns, shipping and a perspective on the international market in which US product will be increasingly competing. The course will focus on commercial aspects of the LPG business with participants engaging in workshops and case studies emphasise key issues. There are no pre-requisites for this course, nor is any advanced preparation required.

What you will learn

  •        The structure of the US NGLs market in terms of supply, demand and infrastructure;
  •        The potential markets in the Americas;
  •        The determinants of LPG pricing;
  •        The commercial aspects of shipping contracts and the marine terms in sales contracts.

Please note: a laptop and up-to-date version of Office would be an advantage in order to engage in market data; however it is not essential.


  •        Analysts and traders, involved with the supply and trading of LPG, NGLs and petrochemicals feedstocks
  •        Sales and marketing personnel working in front offices
  •        Planners and those involved in business development in the NGLs sector
  •        Financial analysts and providers of finance, including all roles that interface with the front office, specifically in LPG.
  •        LPG carrier charterers and owners.


Trends in US NGL and LPG production and the potential outlook

  • Reserves
  • The impact of pricing
  • Infrastructure constraints
  • Export potential

The Disposition of LPG Supplies

  • Domestic consumptionipeline volumes
    • Residential sector
    • Petrochemicals industry
    • Use as a diluent in oil sands production
  • Pipeline Volume
  • Exports

Latin American Markets

  • Mexico
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Others

Infrastructure Developments

  • Pipelines (current and future)
  • Export Terminals
  • The expansion of Panama Canal

Opportunities in the Global Market

  • Pricing
  • Competing sources of supply from other regions
    • Refineries
    • Gas Plants
    • Shale gas
  • Global LPG  demand and supply
  • Growth markets for N American supplies of LPG and other NGLs such as ethane
  • Changing trade patterns
  • Freight rate comparisons and future trends (including an exercise to compare freight costs ex US Gulf with those from alternative sources, in particular the Middle East)

Shipping Contracts and Marine Terms in LPG Sales Contracts

  • Main commercial terms;
  • Laytime and demurrage
  • Presentation clauses
  • Marine terms in LPG sales contracts

(including an exercise on demurrage)

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