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Methodology Education

S&P Global Platts University Houston

August 27–28, 2019
Houston, Texas, USA
Heritage Plaza, 1111 Bagby St.

Oil market fundamentals training

  • Ever wondered how the oil markets work? Get the fundamentals and economics behind oil supply and refinery optimization while connecting it to the market mechanisms that drive the prices.

  • Platts University provides individual and company-specific training on a wide range of topics related to energy markets. This training is designed for beginner- to intermediate-level analysts, marketers, traders, and planners, as well as senior managers and executives who wish to receive a refresher course on energy market concepts, practices and trends.

  • Click here to download the Platts University brochure

    Topics include:
    • — Oil Supply & Demand Basics
      • — Fundamental trends and cycles
      • — Short- and long-term forecasting
      • — Types of oil supplies, crude quality
      • — Role of price and economic growth
    • — Refining Basics
      • — Capacity utilization and growth
      • — Configuration
      • — Product quality specifications
    • — Incorporating Political Risk
    • — OPEC and other key entities you should know
    • — Crude Balances & Short Term Flat Price Determination
    • — Product Pricing, Spreads, Margins and Differentials
    • — Trade Flows & Arbitrage
    • — Introduction to Petrochemicals and NGLs
    • — Long-Term Pricing & Scenarios
    • — Pricing Methodology
    • — Live Market on Close Demonstration
    • — Networking with attendees
    • — Q&A with the instructors

    While most training programs lecture on technical aspects, S&P Global Platts University offers unique, timely intelligence. Instead of just learning about crude production and refining, we will arm you with actionable insights into the industry’s commercial aspects and their bearing on market movements.

    Our instructors are full-time energy analysts and pricing experts who have spent most of their careers in the market as economists, engineers, or analysts. Their collective energy market experience, knowledge, and expertise form the foundation of S&P Global Platts University. They will share the real-world market perspective you need to analyze data and interpret current events with greater understanding of their impact on prices.

    If you want a keen understanding of the landscape, fundamental drivers, market mechanisms, price dynamics, and function of global energy markets, S&P Global Platts University is a sound investment.

    Understanding Global Oil Markets provides an intensive, in-depth look at market fundamentals and pricing. It starts by focusing on Platts Analytics’ perspective on supply/demand fundamentals and refining trends. The program then demonstrates how we incorporate that information to develop forecasts of near- and long-term crude and product prices and margins. In addition to covering fundamental drivers of price, the course also includes an extensive discussion of the role of speculators, the impact of geopolitical issues and other risk factors, and the development of long-term price scenarios.

    Who Should Enroll?

    S&P Global Platts University is valuable to a range of industry participants, from market newcomers to industry veterans. Those who are relatively inexperienced will gain a more comprehensive understanding of what to expect in the oil market and why. Those with more experience will gain further insight into the impact of new and emerging factors on oil markets.

    The professional below will benefit most from Platts University:
    • Analysts who require an edge on their competition in finding, understanding, and interpreting key market data
    • Oil Traders who need to anticipate where prices are heading before the markets react
    • Planners who have to stay on top of the changes that will drive the profitability of their company’s operations, strategies, and investments
    • Risk Managers who need to understand what really drives the ups and downs of energy markets and what options are available to manage the inherent uncertainty
    • Refiners who want to understand the key elements driving their profitability
    • Producers who need to know the forces impacting near-term and longer-term prices, as well as the industry volumes in the regions in which they operate
    • Banks and other financial institutions that provide project financing and need to assess risks and uncertainties in the long-range pricing outlook
    • Hedge Fund & Pension Fund Managers whose success may be directly tied to getting a jump on where energy prices are going and knowing which segments of the industry are the right play
    • Government officials who’ll be involved in regulations that will impact the energy markets
    • Shippers, Storage Operators, Pipeline Operators and others who need to anticipate changes in flows and pricing
    • Buyers and sellers who need to formulate better, timelier hedging strategies for minimizing future price risk
    • Energy end-users who need a better understanding of market forces controlling supply, price, and volatility

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    Past attending companies include:
    • — ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants
    • — Hartree Partners, LP
    • — Korean National Oil Corporation (Knoc)
    • — Matcon Group
    • — Metroplex Energy, Inc
    • — National Energy Board – Canada.
    • — PBF Energy
    • — Petrobras
    • — Sistemas Administrativos Integrales A Gasolineras S.A de C.V
    • — Societe Generale
    • — SVL
    • — T & R Terminals, LLC
    • — Wyoming Refinery

    Please check back soon for a complete agenda

We also offer this training in NYC, London, and Singapore. To see the other Platts University training sessions we offer visit

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Mark Schwartz, Director of Strategy, Analytics, S&P Global Platts

Claudio Galimberti, Head of Demand and Refining, Analytics, S&P Global Platts

Shin Kim, Head of Supply and Production, Analytics, S&P Global Platts

Rick Joswick, Global Head of Oil Pricing & Trade Flow Analytics, S&P Global Platts

Richard Swann, Editorial Director, Americas Oil, S&P Global Platts

Andrew Neal, Manager, Global NGLs, S&P Global Platts

Speakers subject to change

Pricing Details

The S&P Global Platts University Houston will be held on August 27-28 at the Heritage Plaza, Houston, TX.

    • Registration Fee
    • Team Discount
    • Early Bird Rate
    • Standard Platts Client Rate
    • $1,995 / delegate
    • See below / delegate
    • / delegate
    • Standard Non-client Rate
    • $2,995 / delegate
    • See below / delegate
    • / delegate

Please refer to the Discounts section below for details and restrictions. Some discounts not available online.

Platts University registration fee includes breakfasts, luncheon(s), and refreshments as noted in the conference agenda, as well as post-conference documentation. Payment in full is required for attendance. If payment or proof of payment is not received before the start of the event, our staff will require a credit card guarantee to allow entry. All prices are stated in USD.


Discounts or promotional offers cannot be combined and must be applied at the time of original registration (cannot be applied retroactively).

Early Bird Discount:

Register by Friday, July 31, 2019 to save $350 off the Standard Commercial registration rate. This discount is applied automatically, regardless of registration method.

Team Discount (Best Value):

Your organization may send 1 executive free for every 3 delegates registered at the Standard Commercial Rate. $5985 for four clients and $8985 for four non-clients. All registrations must be made at the same time to qualify. Please call 800-752-8878 (toll-free) or +1 212-904-3070 (outside the US and Canada), or email to receive this discount. This discount rate is not available online.

Student Discount (Best Value):

Students attending a local university may be eligible for a discount with proof of current enrollment.

Channel Partner Rate:

S&P Global Platts Channel Partners wishing to take advantage of the channel partner rate should send us an email.

Substitutions & Cancellations

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the conference. Cancellation requests must be received in writing via email to on or before Tuesday, August 20, 2019 (30 calendar days from the event start date) in order to be refunded, less a $195 administrative charge. No refunds will be made after this date. In the event of non-attendance, the full invoice fee will be payable. In case of conference cancellation, S&P Global Platts liability is limited to refund of the conference registration fee only. S&P Global Platts reserves the right to alter this program without prior notice.


S&P Global Platts accepts payment by credit card, wire transfer, check, and purchase order for this conference.

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The customer service representative assisting with your registration will provide payment instructions for all methods of payment. Instructions on where and how to send payment will also be included on the invoice.

Please note that full payment must be received before the registrant may enter the conference. Wire transfer payments require at least 5 business days to post to an order. Check payments require at least 10 business days to post to an order.

No cash payments will be accepted.

Venue and Accommodation Information

S&P Global Platts University Houston will be held on August 27-28, 2019 at the S&P Global Platts Regional office in Houston, Texas.


  • S&P Global Platts Regional office

    Heritage Plaza

    1111 Bagby St.

    Houston, Tx, 77002

    Plaza Conference Room


We have not reserved a guest room block for this event. For your convenience, we have included a list of nearby hotels. Please contact venues directly for rates/availability.

** Please note: S&P Global Platts is not associated with any third-party reservation agents. Making any reservations through a third party may put your credit at risk of a compromise. Rooms are subject to availability.

Hotels Near Heritage Plaza

C. Baldwin, Curio Collection (0.1 mi)
400 Dallas Street
Houston, Texas 77002

Residence Inn (0.4 mi)
904 Dallas Street
Houston, Texas 77002

SpringHill Suites (0.4 mi)
914 Dallas Street
Houston, Texas 77002

Courtyard Convention Center (0.4 mi)
916 Dallas Street
Houston, Texas 77002

Hotel Alessandra (0.5 mi)
1070 Dallas Street
Houston, Texas 77002

The Lancaster Hotel (0.5 mi)
701 Texas Ave
Houston, Texas 77002

Hyatt Regency Houston (0.5 mi)
1200 Louisiana Street
Houston, Texas 77002

Holiday Inn Downtown (0.7 mi)
1616 Main Street
Houston, Texas 77002

Club Quarters (0.9 mi)
720 Fannin Street
Houston, Texas 77002

Cambria (0.9 mi)
1314 Texas Ave
Houston, Texas 77002

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