GRA 8519 The Gas & Power Business (2023/2024)

GRA 8519 The Gas & Power Business (2023/2024)

Course code: 
GRA 8519
Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Course coordinator: 
Lars Huemer
Course name in Norwegian: 
The Gas & Power Business (2023/2024)
Product category: 
EMME - EMM specialisation in Energy
2023 Autumn
Active status: 
Level of study: 
Teaching language: 
Course type: 
One semester

This course is part of the Executive Master of Management in Energy in cooperation with BI Norwegian Business School and IFP School.

The gas and electricity sector has gone through major changes since the 1990s. These changes include deregulations of several parts of the utility industries and their evolving internationalization. Besides, climate changes issues have put a considerable public attention on these sectors.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

The candidates shall develop the competencies necessary in the roles as leaders and policy makers in the energy utilitiy industry. 

The participants acquire competencies necessary to face with current worldwide concerns of large and middle sized utilities from both technical and economic point of views.

The participants will achievet an overview of various technologies, theoretical and practical insights into business strategies, regulatory and policy-making issues of these industries.

Learning outcomes - Skills

The participants shall develop skills on being able to:

  • Discuss major recent developments and innovations in the gas and electricity industry
  • Identify key technical, economic and financial issues relevant to these sectors
  • Describe electricity and gas production, transmission and distribution challenges.
General Competence

The candidates shall be capable and qualified to make interpretion of the strategy of major gas & power players before & after deregulation

The participants shall being qualified to analyse and evaluate financial products related to gas & power sector

Course content

Natural Gas Economics and Markets

  • Natural gas chain fundamentals: production, processing, liquefaction, storage, transportation and distribution.
  • Natural gas market structure: Gas monopolies in emerging markets and liberalization in mature markets, LNG.
  • Emergence of spot markets, price risk, and futures markets.
  • Natural gas marketing: netback pricing and upstream natural gas contracts (take-or-pay).

Electricity Techno-Economics

  • Power generation plants: fuel, gas, nuclear and renewable and electricity transmission
  • Total cost of electricity generation for different technologies
  • Network, supply/demand equilibrium, transmission and distribution
  • Market and institutions : liberalization, market structure, regulation and deregulation

Coal Industry and Markets

  • Coal industry fundamentals: coal mines, production and transportation
  • Coal supply and demand: reserves/resources, major players and uncertainties
  • Coal markets: market's structure, products, price formation, international trades, growing trends and challenges

Interdisciplinary topics

  • Nuclear industry: technologies, innovations, players and perspectives
  • Gas and power players: strategic perspective over major utilities
  • Gas and power trading: spreads, products, interconnections and risks
Teaching and learning activities

1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours.

Attendance to all sessions in the course is compulsory. If you have to miss part(s) of the course you must ask in advance for leave of absence. More than 25% absence in a course will require retaking the entire course. It's the student's own responsibility to obtain any information provided in class that is not included on the course homepage/ It's learning or other course materials.

Specific information regarding student evaluation beyond the information given in the course description will be provided in class.

The course is a part of a full Executive Master of Management in Energy (EMME) and examination in all courses must be passed in order to obtain a certificate.

In all BI Executive courses and programmes, there is a mutual requirement  
for the student and the course responsible regarding the involvement of the student's experience in the planning and implementation of courses, modules and programmes. This means that the student has the right and duty to get involved with their own knowledge and practice relevance, through the active sharing of their relevant experience and knowledge.

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.

Granted admission to the Executive Master of Management in Energy programme.


Deviations in teaching and exams may occur if external conditions or unforeseen events call for this.

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
GRA 85192
Grading scale:
Grading rules:
Internal examiner
Examination when next scheduled course
100No6 Week(s)Individual The students are evaluated through an individual assigment, counting 100% of the final grade.
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Grouping (size):Individual
Duration:6 Week(s)
Comment:The students are evaluated through an individual assigment, counting 100% of the final grade.
Exam code:GRA 85192
Grading scale:ECTS
Resit:Examination when next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Ordinary examination
Total weight: 
Student workload
40 Hour(s)
Student's own work with learning resources
95 Hour(s)
Sum workload: 

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 5 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of at least 135 hours.