PIMS Lunchbox Lecture: Matthew Davison

  • Date: 10/08/2015
Matthew Davison, University of Western Ontario, Canada Research Chair in Quantitative Finance

University of Calgary


Valuing and Operating Energy Infrastructure:  A quantitative approach using a real options lens


The profit obtained from operating  energy infrastructure depends on fluctuating market prices.  Oil production is a topical example.  When oil prices are low enough, it makes sense to shut in the wells. Shutting in a well avoids producing petroleum to sell at a loss,  but involves its own transition costs.    Three related questions are i) at what oil price level should a producing well be shut in  ii) at what oil price level should a shut well be opened and  iii)  what impact does the option value created by the ability to open and close wells have on the value of an oil property.


In this talk I discuss how the “real options” approach allows these questions to be answered using techniques borrowed from the quantitative finance world of options pricing.  I present examples drawn from an example of a corn ethanol facility.



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Location: University of Calgary Downtown Campus, 906 – 8 Avenue SW

Lecture Time: 12:00pm 





PIMS is grateful for the support of Alberta Innovation and Advanced
Education, and the University of Calgary for their support of this
series of lectures.