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Project Finance for the Oil and Gas Industry - Robert Clews

Date From: 11 February 2014
Location: England
Description: Evening talk for the Oil & Natural Gas Special Interest Group by Robert Clews
Event Type: Special Interest Groups
Venue: IChemE, One Portland Place, London
Organiser: SONG
Contact Name: Toby Chancellor-Weale
Contact Email: song@ichememember.org


Raising sufficient finance is a critical element of success in project development. Projects in the oil and gas industry usually involve high levels of technical, commercial, legal and political risk and financing projects in this industry often presents special challenges. To raise funds successfully requires creative thinking and thorough understanding of the financial markets.

The purpose of this talk is to explain the characteristics of oil and gas project finance and examine how the process of raising project funding can impact the development process. When looking at funding, project sponsors and financiers are usually faced with a variety of options. Should internal funds be used? Are funds available through existing relationship banks? Will the capital markets provide the most cost effective funding solution? Should assets be leased? And, most importantly, how will these decisions impact the shareholders? These are all difficult questions to answer and will be determined by market and project circumstances.

The presenter

Robert Clews acts as EMEA Head of Oil, Gas and Petrochemicals at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. He is a project financier with over 20 years experience in oil, gas, petrochemicals and power and has worked on a variety of upstream, and downstream project financings including: Nord Stream, Ichthys LNG, the Satorp Refinery in Saudi Arabia and Sakhalin II. Robert has experience in arranging and structuring project finance debt, project risk analysis and contract negotiation, cash flow modelling and advisory services. Robert qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in 1993 and has an MBA from the Sa—ód Business School, University of Oxford. He has worked in industry, has a BEng in Chemical Engineering and an MSc in Petroleum Refining.

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Refreshments will be served from 17:30 for an 18:00 GMT start with networking afterwards.

SONG members do not have to register for this event. Non-SONG members, however, must register their attendance in advance by email to song@ichememember.org.


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