Course Syllabus

Instructor: David Heskin


Melbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering 

Engineering, Project Development, Business Development & Technology Management

Phone: Please correspond through Canvas


Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 987 6155 5295

 Password: RUnBV7YH

Course Materials

Textbook:  “Handbook of Liquefied Natural Gas 1st edition” by Saeid Mokhatab, John Y. Mak, Jaleel V. Valappil, and David A. Wood

  • Data Sources
  • International Gas Union 2019 - Lists LNG plants, receiving terminals, shipping fleet
  • GIIGLN (International Group of LNG Importers) 2019 - Lists medium & long term LNG contracts, LNG fleet, Plants including storage & owners, LNG composition
  • International LNG Project Development Guide
  • Understanding Natural Gas and LNG Options, US DOE - Comprehensive project development book prepared by US DOE to assist Africa gas and LNG development
  • LNG, gas and energy outlooks
  • Shell LNG Outlook 2019
  • BP Energy Outlook 2019
  • ExxonMobil 2018 Outlook for Energy - A View to 2040



Discussion/quizzes           15%

Homework                            15%

Midterm Exam                    25%

Group Project                      20%

Final Exam                             25%


≥90% A

≥80% B

≥70% C

≥60% D

Course Components

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  1. Course Summary, Framing the LNG business - Course summary, frame LNG business, why LNG, extreme magnitude of export projects
  2. Natural Gas & LNG History - Build history and understand how shale changed global energy markets
  3. LNG Current Supply/Demand - Complete inventory of all export projects, regional import review
  4. LNG Value Chain - Feed Gas Supply - Unique reasons, diversity & characteristics of feed gas supply
  5. LNG Value Chain - Inlet Treating & Conditioning, Liquefaction 1 - Inlet treating is critical, liquefaction - why all similar but costs vary
  6. LNG Value Chain - Liquefaction2, Storage & Loading - Liquefaction options & projects - a deeper technical diver, storage tanks, loading
  7. LNG Value Chain - Shipping - Fuel & route considerations and exercise, cost focus
  8. LNG Value Chain - Offloading/Storage/Regasification, (Midterm Exam) - Brief review then take midterm
  9. Traditional International Export Project Development - Stakeholder alignment more complex than technical execution
  10. US Pipeline Export Project Development - Stakeholder alignment more complex than technical execution
  11. Value Chain Cost-of-Supply Analysis by Region - Putting it all together
  12. Project Screening - Train sequencing, expansions, greenfield/brownfield
  13. LNG Supply/Demand Forecasts - Outlooks from major players
  14. New or Emerging Technologies/Markets - Will they become significant?
  15. Final Examination 

Course Policies


You may contact me via the messaging system in Canvas ("Inbox", on the left menu) or my OU email. I will try to reply within 24 hours M-F.

Late Policy

No make-ups for missed exams. Only very special requests may be considered in advance on a case-by-case basis.




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It is the responsibility of each student to be familiar with the definitions, policies, and procedures concerning academic misconduct. The Student Code is available from the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, and is contained in the Student's Guide to Academic Integrity, available at 

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Reasonable Accommodation for Disabilities

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Students with disabilities must be registered with the Disability Resource Center prior to receiving accommodations in this course.

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Adjustments for Pregnancy/Childbirth Related Issues

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It is the policy of the University to excuse absences of students that result from religious observances and to provide for the rescheduling of examinations and additional required classwork that may fall on religious holidays without penalty. It is the responsibility of the student to make alternate arrangements with the instructor at least one week prior to the actual date of the religious holiday.

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Registration and Withdrawal

If you choose to withdraw from this course, you must complete the appropriate University form and turn the form in before the deadline. If you stop attending the course and doing the coursework without doing the required paperwork, your grade will be calculated with missed homework and examination grades entered as zero. This could result in receiving a grade of F in the course. Deadlines are shown in the Academic Calendar, which is available from the Office of Admissions and Records or online at

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