Durable Offshore Oil and Gas Contracts Workshop

August 21, 2013 - August 23, 2013

In close coordination with the State Department’s Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR), CLDP conducted a two and a half day workshop entitled “Durable Offshore Oil and Gas Contracts for Cooperation with International Oil Companies” from August 21-23, 2013.  Approximately 32 officials from the Ministry of Energy (MOE), Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE), and the Union Attorney General’s Office (AG Office) attended this three-day workshop.  MOE and MOGE are currently administering an offshore bidding round for 19 deep-water and 11 shallow-water blocks and the AG Office will have legal oversight of the production sharing contracts (PSCs).  MOE and MOGE prequalified 61 companies and set a November 15, 2013 deadline for bid submission but acknowledge that they lack experience dealing with international oil companies on deep-water blocks.  Accordingly, ENR requested that CLDP, under the aegis of ENR’s Energy Governance Capacity Initiative (EGCI), conduct a workshop on best practices in administering a competitive deep-water bid round and negotiation and implementation of durable offshore contracts.  Workshop topics included: PSCs for Offshore Projects-The Value Chain for Governments and Private Parties, Competitive Bidding of Oil and Gas Projects, Obligations and Authorities in Offshore PSC Agreements, Risk Mitigation and Dispute Resolution, US Leasing Terms and Conditions, Fiscal Terms, Revenue Management and The Operating Environment for Offshore Projects and PSCs.  This workshop placed the participants in a better position to administer competitive bid rounds and negotiate and implement durable contracts for offshore oil and gas projects.  At the end of the program, all stakeholders discussed a financial modeling workshop as a potential next phase of technical assistance.

Upcoming Programs

August 1, 2020 - April 30, 2021

Throughout the quarter, CLDP engaged with numerous experts to prepare and record eight separate sessions on trade topics, specifically designed for Afghanistan’s approximately 25 Commercial Attachés posted throughout the world. In May 2018, CLDP spent one week training the same group of Attachés in a comprehensive course designed for them prior to their departure. This updated training course is intended to provide more advanced training on relevant topics now that the Attachés have been serving in their posts for more than two years.  The topics for these presentations were identified based on consultations with the Attachés and relevant stakeholders in the last quarter. Topics include drafting international contracts, attracting foreign direct investment, negotiation strategies, and two sessions on working trade shows. The series of pre-recorded virtual presentations, including translated copies of the presentations, will be delivered on a rolling basis to the Attachés. In addition, future topics will be recorded and shared with the participants. These virtual recordings will be saved in an online repository, which will be available for any interested party to view, including the private sector. 

March 15, 2021 - May 24, 2021

CLDP in close collaboration with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) trained Bahrain Innovation and Technology Center (BITC) staff regarding filing patents in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council).  This program was part of a CLDP/USPTO collaboration to conduct over 40 hours of intellectual property training for the BITC.  The program included training on how to obtain patents and copyrights in the US as well as other jurisdictions.  

CLDP in Action

February 24, 2021 - February 25, 2021

On February 24-25, CLDP conducted a workshop on FIDIC contracts for a delegation of Sri Lankan officials from the Attorney General’s office.

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