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OAEN 2665 - Energy landscape analysis

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

Voir les plans de cours et bibliographies



Course Description

From International Oil Companies (IOC) to Juniors via National Oil Companies (NOC), from integrated to pure player, from old centralised energy companies to new decentralised companies, this course will set the scene to understand all the players in the energy complex. The course will give students a broad view of energy companies, their history and the keys to understand their strategy.


BROS, Thierry (Senior Research Fellow - Oxford Institute for Energy Studies)

Pedagogical format

Powerpoint presentations will be available for sessions 1 to 10.

Course validation

Students will provide 2 presentations: the description of one company (one company per student) ; dedicated real case studies in small groups. The presentation done by each student in one of the sessions 1 to 10 will represent 30% of grade (individual). The final assessment will be done on a group case study in session 11 (40% of the grade). 30% of the grading will take into account student interactivity (2.5% / session).


5h of research work + 1h to design the presentation of the company. 5h of research work + 1h to design the presentation of the case study. Students will have to search the web for info on companies for their case study.

Plans de cours et bibliographies

  • Sessions 11 and 12 will be focused on real case studies in small groups. Each group presentation (strict time management, see above) will be graded and represent 40% of the final grade.
  • Session 2: Infrastructure companies (Snam, National Grid, Cheniere)
  • Session 3: IOC / US – ExxonMobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, EOG, Anadarko
  • Session 4: Other IOC - Shell, BP, Total, ENI
  • Session 5: Repsol, Statoil, Petrobras, ONGC, Woodside
  • Session 6: Chinese companies (Petrochina, Sinopec, CNOOC, China Three Gorges Project)
  • Session 7: Russian companies (Gazprom, Rosneft, Novatek, Lukoil)
  • Session 8: Utilities (EdF, E.ON, Uniper, Electrobras, Hydro Quebec)
  • Session 9: NOC 100% state owned (Saudi Aramco, INOC, QP, Sonatrach, Petronas, Pemex, ENH Mozambique)
  • Session 10: Coal companies (BHP Billington, Rio Tinto, China Shenhua Energy, Glencore, Vale)
  • Session 11: Presentation of case studies by students
  • Session 12: Presentation of case studies by students

Important details regarding the grading system and course assignment:

  • Each student will be provided a week before session 1 the company he/she will have to present without possibility to rescheduling. 
  • Each student will have to provide before last session an 8-page paper report with 1-page dedicated to the summary of each session 2-10 except the session the student was presenting (30% grading). Late reports will not be considered
  • The presentations will be rigorously scheduled and failing in presenting (for whatever reason) would be detrimental for the whole quality of the class – as students’ participation is important as much as the lecturer intervention.
  • Attendance and active participation will be taken into great consideration. In registering into the course, students will engage in being present and cooperative throughout the whole semester.

Biographical information

Dr. Thierry Bros is a senior research fellow of The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (the world leading independent energy institute specialising in advanced research into the economics and politics of international energy), a member of the EU-Russia Gas Advisory Council and an advisor to the World Energy Council - Global Gas Centre. He is also a senior energy expert at Energy Delta Institute, a visiting professor at SciencesPo Paris and an academic consultant to CEG practice dealing with gas disputes. Furthermore, Thierry regularly trains professionals for the trade association of the French gas industry (CFAFG). Thierry is also an advisory board member to Natural Gas World an independent specialized website dedicated to global gas matter and a contributor on
In 2016, he founded to provide independent research, advice, training & expertise on energy markets after 25 years in the energy field, from the policy side to trading floors. Thierry is highly regarded by the energy community, notably accredited as the best European gas analyst for five years in a row (2013-2017). In his book “After the US shale gas revolution”, published in 2012, Thierry rightly forecasted that the surge in US oil and gas production combined with European energy efficiency was going to deeply alter the energy and geopolitical landscapes. He is also a co-author of the book "The European Gas Markets: Challenges and Opportunities", published in 2017.
Thierry Bros holds a Master of chemical engineering from ESPCI ParisTech and a PhD from Ecole Centrale Paris.