Dispute Management &  Avoidance in the Energy Sector

An Intensive 5-day Training Course

Dispute Management &
Avoidance in the Energy Sector

An insight into International Commercial Arbitration in the Energy sector

Dispute Management & Avoidance in the Energy Sector

Scheduled Dates


29 Apr - 03 May 2024 London - UK $5,950 RESERVE A SEAT
02 - 06 Sep 2024 Dubai - UAE $5,950 RESERVE A SEAT

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Why Choose this Training Course?

The Energy Industry invests in large, complex, capital-intensive projects that have long life spans. Circumstances, economics, governments and parties invariably change in these energy projects, which can often lead to disputes. The result is that the international energy sector, along with its associated construction projects, makes up the largest portfolio of international commercial and state investment disputes in the world.

Disputes are therefore a significant risk in any international energy project. The risk is not whether a project will have a dispute, but rather in how well a party can manage that dispute to get a satisfactory result.

Parties therefore need to continually manage that risk from the inception of the deal through to the point when a dispute arises and is eventually resolved. This course provides the knowledge and tools to do so.

Energy disputes often have a very high monetary value, a strong public interest and a cross-border character, due to the origin of the parties involved. How Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) can lead to better and often quicker decisions, enhanced certainty, more procedural flexibility, potential cost savings, and other efficiencies. ADR will allow the industry, including businesses, regulators, and consumers, to take more control over its destiny and create workable solutions fitting individual circumstances.

This training course will give participants working knowledge of the full range of ADR options from facilitation, arbitration, mediation, med-arb, early neutral evaluation and expert determination.

This training course will highlight:

  • The fundamental types of disputes in the energy sector
  • The methods of dispute resolution methods available
  • Benefits of ADR in resolving energy disputes
  • Analysing Conflicts and choosing ADR Approaches
  • Dispute Avoidance by Improving Conflict Management Skills & Awareness

What are the Goals?

At the end of this training course, participants will:

  • Comprehensively understand the different types of energy disputes
  • Understand the main dispute resolution clauses energy industry contracts
  • Have in-depth knowledge of ADR mechanisms
  • Have a full awareness of conflict resolution options
  • Acquire conflict management skills for avoidance and settlement of energy disputes

Who is this Training Course for?

This PetroKnowledge course will benefit all levels of personnel involved in resolution of energy industry disputes.   It will enable a broad range of disciplines to appreciate and understand the complexities of conflict management and resolution for the energy sector.

This training course is appropriate to a wide range of professionals but will greatly benefit:

  • Legal managers, legal counsel
  • Commercial and Business managers
  • Contracts administrators, and managers
  • Commercial, financial and insurance professionals
  • Project and General Management

How will this Training Course be Presented?

Participants will gain greater understanding of the subject matter through presentations by an experienced international practitioner designed to both inform and broaden the perspectives of the participants. Recent case studies will be reviewed and discussed. Participants will participate in interactive discussions on how to resolve and manage  conflicts. Dispute avoidance measures will be explored and analysed. 

Daily Agenda

Day One: Types of Disputes in the Energy Sector
  • Overview of the types of energy sector disputes
  • State versus state disputes
  • State versus state disputes
  • Investor–state or state investment disputes.
  • Energy Charter Treaty (ECT)
  • Company versus company disputes
  • Disputes between joint venture participants in contracts
  • Disputes between operators and service contractors
  • Individual versus company disputes
Day Two: Conflicts Arising Under Energy Agreements
  • Types of Energy Agreements and Dispute Resolution Mechanisms
  • Purchase and Sale of Energy Commodities and/or related Financial Energy Transactions (Standardized Agreements)
  • Tolling Transactions/Agreements & Fuel-Supply Transactions/Agreements
  • Off-Take and Power Purchase Transactions/Agreements
  • Transmission and Transportation Transactions/Agreements
  • Operations & Maintenance (O&M) Transactions/Agreements
  • Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) Transactions/Agreements
  • Energy Project Development Financing Transactions/Agreements
  • Traditional Energy Asset Acquisition and Divestiture Transactions/Agreements
  • Energy Risk Management Service Transactions/Agreement
  • Renewable Energy Transactions/Agreements
Day Three: Benefits of ADR in Resolving Energy Disputes
  • Types of ADR Processes
    • Mediation
    • Conciliation
    • Arbitration
    • Ad-hoc and institutional arbitration
    • Venue of arbitration
    • Expert determination
    • Enforcement of award
  • ADR Benefits
    • Promotes Creative Solutions
    • Promotes Efficient Decision-Making by Regulatory Agencies
    • Preserves Relationships
    • Promotes Good Business
    • Saves Time and Money
    • Provides Benefits Even Without Full Settlements
  • Case studies: Review of recent cases
Day Four: Analysing Conflicts and Choosing ADR Approaches
  • Fit the “Forum to the Fuss”
  • ADR Suitability Guide
  • Overarching legal, pragmatic goals for managing dispute
  • Suitability of the dispute for problems solving
  • Potential Benefits of ADR for a particular case
  • Group exercise: Sample Agreements and Clauses for Using ADR
  • Group: Model State Resolution
Day Five: Dispute Avoidance by Improving Conflict Management Skills & Awareness
  • Role of Government / Regulatory Agency
  • Knowledge of range of ADR options
  • Company personnel expertise in ADR process
  • Savings on legal costs and management time
  • Preference of dispute resolution mechanisms
  • Use of ADR to avoid energy disputes


  • On successful completion of this Training Course / Online Training Course, a PetroKnowledge Certificate / E-Certificate will be awarded to the delegates.

In Association With

GLOMACS Training

Our collaboration with GLOMACS aims to provide the best training services and benefits for our valued clients

The Energy Training Centre

Our collaboration with The Energy Training Centre aims to provide the best training services and benefits for our valued clients.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • To register online through our website, please click “Enroll Now” on the course page, complete and submit the form. A confirmation e-mail and instructions will be sent to the participant’s e-mail.
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  • Payments can be made in USD or UAE local currency AED (Arab Emirates Dirhams) either by Bank Transfer or by Credit Card. Our Bank Account details will be provided on the invoice.
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  • The course fee shall be settled prior to course start date. Corporate payments with existing payment policy shall be relayed to us in advance.

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