Project planning and performance management in oil and gas sector

Course Code: OG25


Course Objective

  • Learn about Project planning and performance monitoring
  • Know about some skills and techniques relevant to the oil and gas industry
  • The course focuses on integrating knowledge of projects and the skills they require. 
  • Learn about handling data and documentation that are essential requirements for successful projects and operations. 


Target Audience

  • Project and operations team members and supervisors involved in planning, implementing, supervising and directing projects
  • Upstream professionals, such as: engineers, geo-scientists and planners
  • Corporate and asset team members involved in oil and gas assets.


Course Outline


  • Project management in an oil and gas industry context
  • Overview of project and operations management process and skills
  • Project structures: activity stages and decision gates
  • Planning: an essential requirement of projects and operations
  • Offshore field development
  • Videos: Deepwater drilling and offshore field development
  • Exercise: estimating under conditions of uncertainty
  • Cost estimating and approval / authorisation for expenditure
  • Project management frameworks: PMBOK, PRINCE and Six Sigma
  • Resource scheduling exercise: developing Gantt charts
  • Key attributes of high-performing project managers
  • FEED and EPC contracting in the oil and gas industry
  • Video: gas liquefaction (LNG) plant construction project
  • Quantifying risks and opportunities
  • Exercise: evaluating extreme risks and contingencies
  • Strategies to reduce risk and enhance opportunities
  • Detailed planning, analysis and modelling
  • Project networks and critical path analysis
  • Exercise: precedence diagram construction and critical path determination
  • Flawless startup concept
  • Videos: gas processing plant case study 
  • Parallel engineering and problems that arise
  • Probabilistic approach to project cost-time forecasting
  • Chemical plant construction: alternating critical paths simulated
  • Review of project planning, scheduling and risk-analysis software
  • Cost-time control: milestone monitoring, earned value and achievement analysis
  • Contracts and procurement: issues and risks
  • Exercise: tendering, competitive bidding and bid evaluation
  • Resource procurement and the supply chain
  • Contracts that share risk: alliance, incentive and gain share contracts
  • Performance and problem solving
  • Project team organisation, teamwork and motivation
  • Large-scale deepwater FPSO project developments and operations 
  • Leadership, direction and management skills
  • Data management, relational databases and documentation
  • Project and operations risk registers and risk assessment methodology
  • Exercise: Ongoing operating performance monitoring and targets for a producing field
  • Delegating and assigning responsibilities effectively
  • Quality, health, safety, security and environmental systems
  • Managing pipeline and other transportation assets
  • Key performance indicators for measuring operating performance
  • Problem solving versus decision-making
  • Structured and systematic approaches to problem solving
  • Innovation and creativity: Confronting a crisis and contingency planning 
  • Securing project closure and learning from the outcomes
  • Delivering project and operational objectives

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Date & Location

Date : 07 May 2023

Duration : 5 days

Place : Kuala Lumpur

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Date : 13 August 2023

Duration : days

Place : Morocco(Casablanca)

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Date : 08 October 2023

Duration : 5 days

Place : Manama

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