EBF 301
Global Finance for the Earth, Energy, and Materials Industries

Lesson 6 Introduction



Graphic illustration showing steps of process to get raw products from wells. Described in text below to markets
Figure 1. Overall Energy Commodity Logistics Chart - Natural Gas

This graphic illustrates the various steps in the process of getting crude oil and natural gas from the wells all the way to market. As you can see, there is wellhead aggregation (production & gathering), the cleaning (Processing and refining) of the raw stream, and production of valuable natural gas liquids (processing or refining), the transportation and storage, and finally, the distribution and retail delivery to the various end-users. As you will see, each step along this "path" will have some costs associated with it and most will represent an opportunity for generating revenue. These will add to the total profit that can be derived from the initial wellhead product.

Watch the following video about natural gas (3:38 minutes).

Click here for the video transcript.

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Learning Outcomes

At the successful completion of this lesson, students should be able to:

  • Define the steps in the movement of natural gas from the wellhead to the end-user (“wellhead-to-burner tip” path).
  • Recognize the “value chain” along the path.
  • Understand the general methods of transporting natural gas from well to end-user.
    • Gathering
    • Processing & Natural Gas Liquids (NGLs)
    • Pipeline
    • Storage
    • Distribution/End-Use
  • Become familiar with both the domestic and global markets for LNG.

What is due for this lesson?

This lesson will take us one week to complete. The following items will be due Sunday, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

  • Lesson 6 Activity
  • Fundamental Factors Acitivy
  • Lesson 6 Quiz


If you have any questions, please post them to our General Course Questions discussion forum (not e-mail), located under Modules in Canvas. The TA and I will check that discussion forum daily to respond. While you are there, feel free to post your own responses if you, too, are able to help out a classmate.