Upstream Petroleum Fiscal & Valuation

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Please contact the authors at for details of how to access the trial version of Crystal Ball, as well as the Excel and other files which are *not* part of the e-book version download.

This is a book no deal team should be without. It is a must for those involved in upstream oil and gas transactions, planning, budgeting, investment appraisal and portfolio management. Its step-by-step approach cuts through complexity, making it comprehensive and understandable by a wide range of users with a wide range of abilities. It can be used as a textbook, an introductory primer or as a handbook that you can dip in and out of or read cover to cover.
--Michael Lynch-Bell, Senior Advisor, Oil & Gas, Ernst & Young LLP; ex-officio Chairman, UN Expert Group on Resource Classification

In the upstream petroleum industry, it is the value of post-tax cashflows which matters most to companies, governments, investors, lenders, analysts, and advisors. Calculating these cashflows and understanding their "behavior," however, is challenging, as the industry's specialized fiscal systems can be complex, jargon-laden, and sometimes seem to be a "world of their own".

Upstream Petroleum Fiscal and Valuation Modeling in Excel: A Worked Examples Approach demystifies fiscal analysis which, unlike disciplines such as Earth sciences and engineering, can be learned from a book. Written in plain English for laymen and for experienced practitioners alike, it is a reader-friendly, clear, practical, step-by-step hands-on guide for both reference and self-paced study.

The book does not catalogue the 100+ different petroleum fiscal regimes in use at the time of writing. Rather, drawing on the authors' combined 48 years' experience, it takes a more timeless, generic treatment, by covering the most common variants of royalties, taxation, production sharing arrangements, bonuses and abandonment funding, through a dual approach: first, showing how to model them in Excel, and then providing interactive exercises to prompt (and answer) questions that analyze impacts on cashflows.

In addition to the main text, the book consists of over 120 Excel files (ranging from modular examples to full models) in Excel 2007 and 2003 formats; over 400 pages of supplementary PDF files; VBA features to enhance model functionality; and an introduction to risk modeling with exercises for the included trial version of Oracle's Crystal Ball software. It offers both a wealth of content and models equal to or surpassing what is available from fiscal modeling courses costing several times more; and greater insights into underlying calculations than commercially available "black box" fiscal software.

New US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rules planned for 2013 will force petroleum companies to disclose more fiscal information on an individual country basis. This will make it more important than ever for analysts to understand how to model oil and gas terms and the potential impacts of the disclosed government payments on future oil and gas company profitability.

Due to the heavy use of graphics and cross references used in this particular text, some readers might find that the printed book offers a more optimal reading experience than certain e-formats particularly with the Kindle eMobi format.

Author: Ken Kasriel, David Wood
Publisher: Wiley
Published: 05/13/2013
Pages: 384
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.80lbs
Size: 9.80h x 6.80w x 1.10d
ISBN13: 9780470686829
ISBN10: 0470686820
BISAC Categories:
- Technology & Engineering | Petroleum
- Business & Economics | Finance | General

About the Author

KEN KASRIEL is a Senior Petroleum Economist with RPS Energy, London. He has 18 years of experience in petroleum finance. He has performed numerous upstream petroleum valuations of assets in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Former Soviet Union, the Middle East and North America. His valuations and analyses have been used in public offerings, annual reports and other regulatory filings in various jurisdictions; and for the purposes of project financing, bid rounds, transaction valuation, portfolio optimization, expert witness support in commercial arbitration, and governmental fiscal design advisory. Before joining RPS Energy he worked 7 years as Senior Analyst for the Global Petroleum practice of PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He has also worked as an oil and gas equities analyst with Robert Flemings Securities (now part of JPMorganChase) and Creditanstalt Investment Bank (now part of BankAustria), and as an independent consultant to London-based oil and gas equity research teams. He has written on petroleum economics in the Oil and Gas Journal. His email is

DR. DAVID WOOD has over 30 years of energy industry experience, mainly in petroleum, spanning technical and commercial exploration and production operations, mid- and downstream projects, and contract evaluation. His early energy industry experience includes Phillips Petroleum, Amoco (Africa, Europe and UK), and Lundin Oil (South America, Africa, Middle and Far East). From 1993-98 he was UK Managing Director for a portfolio of North Sea and onshore UK oil and gas assets. Since 1998 he has worked as an independent consultant, training provider and expert witness. He runs an oil and gas consulting company, DWA Energy Limited. He has published on energy related topics including: performance modeling of fiscal designs, petroleum economics and risk analysis, enterprise risk and portfolio management, LNG, GTL, gas storage and supply, deepwater E&P techniques, corporate performance, M&A, negotiations and project management. He has provided fiscal design advice to organizations including the Alaskan Legislature and the Yemen Government. He is involved in professional training, research, publication and development programs and is the assistant editor-in-chief of the Journal of Natural Gas Science & Engineering. He has designed and taught online training courses including oil and gas MBA programs. His email is and website is

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