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Sample Projects

The following is a sample of projects that we have completed recently.

European gas markets briefing for busy professionals

A company providing professional services to trading markets asked us to write a concise guide to European gas markets that could be used to bring a small but geographically dispersed team up to speed with the basic knowledge and terminology that they needed to talk credibly to gas traders while expanding their existing services into the gas markets. We put together a 15-page quick-start guide designed to communicate essential basic knowledge, together with the kind of historical perspective that an industry insider would have, and an introduction to some current issues that traders might be concerned about, all in a highly readable form. A London-based team member told us it had become his preferred reading material for his daily commute to work!

Trading games and case studies for use in graduate recruitment and training

For an integrated oil company, we developed a portfolio of interactive educational materials for use in graduate selection and induction. Materials ranged from simple, short, competitive trading games designed to give university students a taste of energy trading during company campus presentations to detailed case studies based on the company's actual business operations, for use in graduate application evaluation and selection. More substantial trading games, designed to be flexible and easily updated to reflect current trading conditions, were designed to be used in induction of new joiners and to introduce support staff to trading concepts.

Evaluation of market information value

A software company that provides systems for management of oil trading operations found itself with a growing database of operational information, some of it unusual and possibly unique in the industry. We were asked to assess the value of this information to potential users including physical oil traders, risk managers, banks and trading houses, and to propose how it might be packaged and marketed. We analysed the available data and proposed four possible information services based on it. We then interviewed senior contacts in a sample of target companies in North America and Europe to assess their potential value. We also provided a comprehensive survey of the availability and cost of similar information available from other sources in the market.