AIEN 2023 International Energy Summit

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AIEN is producing an incredible two-day program for its annual International Energy Summit.  Stay up-to-date on current trends and challenges in the international energy industry by attending sessions that include high-profile speakers, interviews, hot topics, fireside chats, moderated discussions and more!

Topics to be featured this year:

  • Energy Transition: Globalization vs. Localization
  • eNGO Activism - From the Streets to the Courts
  • Balancing Energy Security, Economic Security, and Climate Security
  • Traditional vs. New Resources: Competing or Complementary?
  • Understanding How Critical Minerals Influence the Energy Trilemma
  • Diversity and Inclusion in the Energy Sector
  • Power Systems in Transition: Infrastructure Development & Electrification Challenges
  • Blue or Green? Which Way Will Latin America Turn?
  • Action in ESG or Backlash?
  • Energy Leaders by Generation: How Education will Fuel the Energy Transition Future

Speaker Highlights
Keynote Speaker Felipe Bayón, Chief Executive Officer, EcoPetrol
Keynote Speaker Mark Nelson, Executive Vice President, Strategy, Policy & Development, Chevron Corporation
Boulos Lecture Speaker Dr. Scott W. Tinker, Director, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin

Dual-Track Workshops

Prior to the IES Welcome Reception and kick-off of the conference, AIEN will host four workshops on Tuesday, May 30. There will be two morning workshops and two afternoon workshops, allowing attendees to register for more than one workshop and double their learning! All workshops are $200 each and can be added on to your conference registration. Registration will include a coffee break and workshop materials.

The number of participants in each workshop is limited in order to facilitate the highest level of interaction.

Morning Workshops (8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)

An Overview & Update of AIEN’s New Joint Operating Agreement
Chris Strong, Partner, Vinson & Elkins LLP

The 2023 AIEN Model JOA (to be released February 2023) has introduced several new clauses reflecting an energy industry in transition. This hands-on workshop will provide an in-depth review of the latest revisions as well as a refresher on key issues common to the JOA. As one of the core model contracts for international energy negotiations, a comprehensive understanding of the evolving key terms will be critical to successfully navigating the energy transition. If participants are interested in delving further, the afternoon workshop “From Traditional to Transitional: Negotiating the New AIEN Model JOA” will introduce a guided mock negotiation using the new AIEN Model Form JOA. 

Negotiating in an Evolving Energy Landscape 
David Hone, Chief Climate Change Adviser, Shell

Negotiators in the energy sector are confronting the most disruptive business environment in generations, which comes with challenges and opportunities. Regulation, societal expectations, and market opportunities are changing, and negotiators have a great opportunity to thrive on that space. What should be considered when negotiating subsurface deals for CCS and in what way can existing data be leveraged? How can a negotiator minimize exposure to risk through NBS and how are land deals different? What players are we adding to the negotiation table? With the Shell Energy Scenarios to set the scene, this workshop will conduct a roundtable of how innovation and recent developments in the industry can be incorporated in the decision-making process.

Afternoon Workshops (1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

From Traditional to Transitional: Negotiating the New AIEN Model JOA
Norman Nadorff, Special Counsel, Mayer Brown LLP & Law Professor, University of Houston Law Center
Harry Sullivan, Jr., Assistant General Counsel, Kosmos Energy & Executive Professor, Texas A&M School of Law

The 2023 AIEN Model JOA (to be released February 2023) has introduced several new clauses reflecting an energy industry in transition, which will be introduced in the morning workshop “An Overview & Update of the AIEN’s New Joint Operating Agreement”. This hands-on workshop features a guided mock negotiation using the new AIEN Model Form JOA.  Following a short presentation on international negotiation strategies, teams will negotiate selected traditional and transitional JOA issues. The teams will then be evaluated by themselves, the audience, the coaches and the instructors. In short, the exercise provides a unique opportunity for participants to test drive the new Model JOA prior to taking it for a real-life spin.

Above Ground Risk in Energy Transition
Eric Fry, International Energy Consultant

So what can go wrong? How many times have you heard this expression just before a major decision is made? There are an infinite variety of upstream oil and gas projects, as well as new energy projects, each having its own unique set of risks. Companies work in rapidly changing political landscapes with rapidly changing technologies, which present even more challenges to fully appreciating the various risks. Risk Management is not standardized. The ability to quantify and monetize risk is subjective and thus many times underestimated for complex projects leading to potentially catastrophic results. Identifying, evaluating, and managing risk for international upstream oil and gas or new energy projects is a critical step toward insuring predictable results. This workshop will serve as an introduction to assist project and business owners to appropriately identify, evaluate, and mitigate above ground risks, develop more effective mitigation plans, and more accurately quantify risks, thus giving predictable results and more successful projects. During the workshop, the participants will be introduced to some practical risk management tools and techniques. Delegates who may be interested in attending this workshop include: oil and gas company commercial representatives, project managers, legal advisors, contract negotiators, business development executives and analysts, government regulators, and technical staff.

Continuing Education Credits

AIEN is an accredited sponsor approved by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE. The number of MCLE credit hours awarded for the International Energy Summit are still being determined.