International Petroleum Fiscal Systems


The course is suitable for delegates of all technical and commercial disciplines from oil and gas companies, governments, banks, legal and accounting organizations.


The aim is provide delegates with a thorough understanding of petroleum fiscal systems to enable them to interpret contracts, negotiate terms and build economic models. Delegates will:
- Understand the evolution of, and differences between, petroleum fiscal systems globally: production sharing contract (PSC), tax & royalty systems, risk service contracts and pure service contracts
- Understand the structure of the PSC
- Calculate with confidence cost recovery, profit sharing and bonuses
- Examine sliding scale fiscal mechanisms including R-factor and rates of return methods
- Carry out taxation and royalty calculations applying capital allowances and depreciation
- Understand the key differences in reserve bookings under the different systems
- Look at examples across the globe illustrating the different concepts drawing on CGG's extensive fiscal database
- Construct a PSC model, derive relevant economic metrics, apply sensitivities and draw valuation conclusions to aid decision-making
- Understand government take and the different methods of calculation
- Design their own fiscal system to assess contractor/government take in a 'classroom competitive bid'
- Understand how PSC and tax ring-fencing can add value to the asset

Delegates will be provided with electronic copies of workshop solutions and examples. They will all have a comprehensive hard copy course manual.

Learning Objectives

• Understand how to calculate royalties, taxation, cost recovery and profit share
• Appreciate other features such as bonuses, state participation and sliding scales
• Examine the working of ring fencing and consolidation
• Be able to build Royalty/Tax and PSC cash flow models
• Be aware of the key fiscal levers with respect to project value
• Learn about the history of fiscal regimes



Number of Participants

Max 20


Excel: working knowledge

Software Used


Course Format

Classroom delivery with presentations, practical exercises and modelling workshop

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