Introduction to Energy Industry

This 3-day course will give a timely overview and update on the energy industry.  The petroleum industry is only a part of the energy industry. Reducing our carbon footprint will transform the 55 trillion US dollars petroleum industry. Oil and gas supplies around half of the world’s energy demand that continues to increase, with coal providing another third. How do we meet demand in a carbon-constrained environment?

Target Audience

This course was originally designed to familiarize inhouse non technical people with the Petroleum industry. Then they told their friends, from managers to support staff to new entrants.

The course has proven so popular that many experienced people who are only familiar with a section of the industry were encouraged to attend by their non technical colleagues. Except for experienced process engineers, we have found that everyone benefits from the course, even specialist engineers.

Over the years we have updated the course to reflect the transition from fossil fuels in a carbon constrained world to include all sources of energy.

All new entrants, non technical and technical alike, along with more experienced people that require a broader understanding of the energy industry will benefit from this course.

Course Topics

Communication is all important when it comes to developing a productive culture. This course was developed simply to help staff understand what technical personnel were talking about.

It is very hard to provide good support and guidance if the people providing the advice do not understand the basics of the industry.

This course will give you a basic overview of energy production and distribution, including predictable changes as mobility becomes electrified just as heating, lighting and cooling have become electrified over the years.

The oil and gas production process continues to dominate, so we will give the majority of coverage to oil and gas, but we also consider coal, nuclear, renewables and the increasing variety of options for distribution and consumption of energy.

Course Overview

Starting from a conventional or unconventional oil and gas reservoir this course takes delegates through the journey of oil and gas as it is processed for transportation, refined and delivered to the consumer.  The programme contexts each part of the hydrocarbon supply chain and generates familiarity with the overall industry as it changes to find its place in today’s world.

We take the comparable journey from each alternative source of energy until we arrive at the point of electricity generation and distribution considering the impact of changes in consumption method as we evolve in a carbon constrained future.

Learning Objectives

You will understand the basic principles of energy production and the issues that dominate today’s industry, not theoretically as in a technical education, but practically from a real world point of view. You will learn:

  • Basic understanding of conventional & unconventional hydrocarbon formations
  • Working principles of the equipment used to produce and transport oil and gas (including LNG)
  • The differences between onshore and offshore production and processing
  • Coal industry overview
  • Electricity generation
  • Wind energy generation
  • Solar energy generation
  • Nuclear energy generation
  • Energy distribution
  • Energy consumption patterns today and in the future


Howard Thomas has advocated practical approaches to handling complexity for over 20 years. He has a unique ability to make the complex clear for his clients and audiences.
He combines an in depth technical background with a wide ranging business experience but is probably best known for his engaging style of presentation.

He is formally technically accredited as a Fellow of Engineers Australia and a Chartered Professional Chemical Engineer and has worked on hydrocarbon installations all over the world, from roles as a technician to executive consultancy.