Following up on the publication of Contents Under Pressure: The Complete Handbook of Natural Gas Transportation, Sylvia Munson now offers a series of training classes aimed at helping you to train your staff to be more effective in the natural gas industry. The list of classes below is a sample of the classes Sylvia has taught. These can be customized to your company’s needs, or you can design a class based on specific topics. Contact Sylvia at 713-819-2547 or email@example.com to learn more or schedule a training session.
Overview of natural gas transportation
This two-day course will give a high-level introduction to the terms and processes in natural gas transportation. The program is designed for someone new to the gas industry, someone who needs a general understanding and vocabulary, or someone in the industry who needs to understand the broader picture of gas transportation. The course will include how to read a gas tariff and find what you need inside it. From this course, the student will be able to converse about the subject and have a good understanding of the concepts of the subject matter.
Natural gas transportation in depth
This five-day course will give a detail-level instruction of natural gas transportation. Like the overview, this course is excellent for a new hire or someone who wants to expand his or her knowledge of the industry. The instruction includes terms, business processes, transaction management, and an understanding of the daily, monthly, and seasonal business cycle. The training will include examples from a sample pipeline tariff, and students will work through transactions related to that tariff. Additionally, the program includes how to read a tariff and how to use the NAESB standards. From this course, the student will be able to conduct business in a natural gas organization at a task level such as gas scheduling, contract management, or accounting.
Natural Gas Transportation – building a Customer Activities Website that passes inspection.
This two-day course focuses on the Customer Activities website and how to build one that complies with the NAESB standards. The class includes how to use the NAESB implementation guides to find the rules and the exceptions to those rules. Additionally, we will cover an understanding of the technology requirements for building this offering.
Natural Gas Transportation – building an Informational Postings Website that passes inspection
This one-day course focuses on the Informational Postings website and how to build one that complies with the FERC rules and NAESB standards. The class includes how to use the NAESB implementation guides to find the rules and the exceptions to those rules. Examples of basic and exceptional Informational Postings Websites will be reviewed. Additionally, we will cover an understanding of the technology requirements for building this offering.
Natural Gas Transportation – using EDI
EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) is an elusive technology that has many advantages and many places to stumble. This two-day class will cover how to read the NAESB implementation guides for EDI, how to use the NAESB technology standards to implement EDI, when to reference the ANSI ASC X12 guidelines, and when and how to submit a request to NAESB. Building an easy-to-maintain and successful EDI implementation can have great benefits for your organization. Includes understanding the post and response requirements for transacting the EDI information through your system portal. The class also covers the trading partner agreement and how it can be an asset to implementation.
Build your own class
Do you need to have an in-depth understanding of capacity release? Is segmentation something of which you want to take advantage, but don’t really understand how it works? Have nomination model types stumped your staff? What are industry best practices related to natural gas transportation? What are the next major changes in the industry, and how can your company best plan to meet those changes? Any of these types of topics can be custom built into a one-two day class for your staff. Contact me for more information on specific topics.
Sylvia Munson, a recognized expert in energy electronic commerce and Gas Industry Standards Board (GISB) and North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) business process management, has served as a consultant in the natural-gas industry and has worked with producers, distributers, marketers, and pipelines in her career. She has worked with several industry-related organizations and has taught classes on natural-gas transportation across 20 years and in three countries.
Contents Under Pressure – The Complete Handbook of Natural Gas Transportation is a comprehensive picture of the business process of natural-gas transportation. Beginning with a high-level introductory overview of natural gas and the transportation business, the book then dives deep into the details of daily business and how it is conducted, culminating in a comprehensive glossary. This book covers the transportation business processes of contracting, nominations, confirmations, scheduling, measurement, allocations, imbalances, and invoicing. In-depth topics include segmentation, flow day redirects, capacity release, the nomination model types, and the “lesser of” rule.