Shale Gas Development: planning principles and best practices

Understand how oil and gas companies value upstream assets – exploration acreage, undeveloped discoveries, producing fields – and make decisions whether to invest or not.

This highly practical and experiential two-day programme will empower you to:

  • Build your understanding of key influences on planning and permission processes to adapt to new regulatory frameworks and policy developments
  • Analyse the impacts of international national and local policies and the operational requirements to move beyond minimum standards
  • Understand the dynamics during the planning and permission processes to adapt to changing situations and conditions
  • Evaluate the role and influence of local stakeholders to win their support
  • Develop effective negotiation and mutual dispute solving strategies to create public acceptance
  • Identify  material planning considerations and potential objections to avoid lengthy renegotiations
  • Review best practices and lessons learned to improve your planning guidelines


What is the programme about?

With UK production of natural gas in 2012 reaching its lowest level since 1985 and the shale gas estimates in Europe bigger than previously thought, a commercial viable and technical reliable exploration of shale gas has become more attractive than ever before. Great Britain is not only a prime location for shale gas exploration; its regime for exploratory activities also encourages a safe and environmentally sound operation. Consequently, it has the potential to spearhead the shale gas revolution in Europe and act as a role model for other neighbouring markets.

While governments are now introducing new measures to enable shale gas drilling as part of their infrastructure plans, the economic success also depends on reliable and environmental-friendly operations. It therefore is vital to engage all stakeholders on the national, regional and local level in a transparent planning process to create public acceptance to boost the government’s energy policies and support the economic development in local communities.

This focused two-day programme has been designed to deliver the essential knowledge and understanding of new planning guidelines to successfully manage the approval processes and avoid costly disputes for new drilling sites and operations that will give your organisation a powerful edge over your competitors.


Oil and gas professionals seeking to gain a strategic overview of risks and opportunities, alongside practical tips for strategic planning of shale gas opportunities including:
  • General Managers 
  • Strategy and Project Managers
  • Regulatory Managers
  • Planning Experts
  • Legal Advisors
  • Geologists
  • Projects Engineers
  • E&P Managers
  • Business Development Managers in a range of organisations including:
    • International oil and gas companies
    • National oil and gas companies
    • Governments, regulators and market operators
    • Law firms
    • Industry associations
    • Finance and investments institutions
    • Consultancies


Understanding international shale gas policies and regulatory developments
  • Political drivers and strategic objectives
  • A response to the business needs and changes in the market
  • Opportunities and challenges: implications for national policies and operational frameworks
Interactive session: How to interpret the changes and dynamics in national governments and international bodies?
Participants will take part in an interactive review and analysis of influencing factors and market dynamics affecting institutional support of shale gas.

National regulations and their implications for operators and developers
  • National policies in the overall energy context
  • Addressing environmental protection standards
  • Public concerns and the organised opposition

Characteristics of and pitfalls during pre-drilling approval processes
  • Contract negotiations and dispute solving strategies
  • Environmental permits from the Environment Agencies
  • Health and safety regulations and permits from the HSE
Interactive session: How to avoid suspensions of planning and permission processes?
Participants will share and discuss the scope of potential risks and obligations threating design and development of shale projects.

Managing planning requirements and obligations
  • Handling acceptable and unacceptable planning terms
  • Preventing the suspension of planned developments
  • Putting planning theories into practice





Mastering planning dynamics – maintaining flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances and conditions
  • Identifying potential threats challenging the short-term developments
  • Foreseeing factors influencing the mid-term planning
  • Monitoring forces affecting the long-term strategy


The Local Development Framework – how to serve the public interest and earn public confidence
  • Effective information, communication and dialogue strategies
  • Public participation: dealing with structured and unstructured objections
  • Review and consideration of alternative policies, proposals and recommended adoptions


Act local - taking material planning considerations into account
  • Local, strategic, and national planning policies in the local plan
  • Government and planning inspectorate requirements
  • Storage & handling of hazardous materials and the development of contaminated land incompatible or unacceptable uses


Interactive session: Embedding project plans and activities in the local context
Participants will take part in a discussion on possibilities of engaging the community and its economy in the development and implementation of shale projects to serve the public good.
Preparing the next steps: from planning to operation  
  • Project development and production
  • Risk management strategies
  • Decommissioning, restoration and aftercare concepts


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This course is only available as a custom course tailored for your business, contact us to discuss your requirements.