Global Energy Transactions: Legal, Financial, and Scientific Perspectives

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WED 3:45 - 6:35 pm TNH 3.124

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Same as LAW 379M, Topic: Law, Finance, and Science of Global Energy Transactions.

In this class, students will do a full cycle analysis of a net zero-carbon natural gas development.  This will include technical, financial, and legal analyses of the project including geologic assessment of the resource, development of the production facilities, transportation of the gas to a combined cycle power plant, and capture and sequestration of the emissions.  The country will be specified in the early weeks of the class, but it be a country other than the United States of America. The class is open by application to students enrolled in the McComb’s School of Business MBA program, graduate students in the Jackson School of Geosciences, the Cockrell School of Engineering, JD and international LLM students in the School of Law, and to other students who indicate a special interest in the topic. Students will work in teams of four or more students from different academic disciplines (geology, engineering, business, and law). The students will learn how to evaluate geologic information made available in a bid round package, analyze the fiscal terms offered by the host government as well as the general economics of the project, analyze the legal regime, determine and quantify the risks associated with an investment, and propose a full cycle CCUS pilot project to the selected government. Each team will present an oral report and prepare a written report to the Board of Directors of the Longhorn Petroleum Corp., consisting of faculty members and guest board members. Both the shorter oral and longer written reports will evaluate risks and designs of the projects, propose a competitive bid, including an exploration plan and a preliminary plan explaining the pilot CCUS project, projecting costs, and proposing government incentives to commercialize CCUS.

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