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Latin America Motor Fuels Conference

Thursday, May 25, 2017
09:00 - 10:00 Continental Breakfast and Exhibits
10:00 - 10:30
Keynote Session
10:30 - 11:30

Session 1: Analysis of Trends and Perspectives in the Global Products Markets

  • Overview of global supply/demand balance: How is the world economy expected to fare over the next five years and what are the likely impacts on global refining? Simple vs complex refineries – who is doing better amid the current crude oversupply scenario and what does the future hold for them?
  • An in-depth look at China’s and India’s refining sector and their thirst for crude oil: Is China in particular well placed to supply the West Coast of the Americas?
  • Middle East: How is the most traditional oil producing region in the world preparing to deal with growing local demand for refined products and to diversify away from crude production?
  • Regulation: 

    How is the refining industry getting ready for the IMO’s decision to cap global marine fuel sulphur emissions? Is the global refining industry capable of producing enough complaint bunker fuel by 2020? Will compliance be instantaneous or gradual? Who will invest in upgraded units? What are the expected regional disparities in compliant bunker fuel and will these open arbitrage opportunities for fuel oil? What are the implications for shipowners – are they moving to switch to lower-sulphur fuel/middle distillates rather than install scrubbing technology? Is LNG a viable alternative considering the existing/planned infrastructure?

11:30 - 11:50
Coffee Break and Exhibits
11:50 - 12:50 Session 2: Panel Discussion

Interactive discussion with key global refiners on their perspectives about the market
12:50 - 14:50 Networking Lunch
14:50 - 15:50

Session 3: Market Dynamics in the Americas Refining Industry

  • Understanding Latin America refineries: How are Latin American refineries dealing with lower crude prices and supply overcapacity? Is the economic crisis impacting expansion and construction of new refineries in the region? What are the main challenges for them regarding logistics and regulation?
  • An in-depth look at the US refining sector: The path from an importer to an exporter of refined products. How has the surge in US crude production impacted trading flows of products in and out of the country and what lies ahead? How do US refineries compare with the ones in Latin America and which ones are better placed to compete for market share in the region?
  • Mexico: How will the Mexican Energy Reform impact the country’s and the region’s refined products industries in the coming years?
15:50 - 16:10 Networking Break
16:10 - 17:10 Session 4: Clean Fuels

  • Clean fuels supply in Latin America: Who are the local refiners leading the race for better margins amid the current scenario of see-sawing crude prices and stronger products demand? How have the changes in the Brazilian market impacted trading flows and pricing for gasoline and diesel and what are the implications for its neighboring countries?
  • Brazil: How have the changes in the Brazilian market impacted trading flows and pricing for gasoline and diesel and what are the implications for its neighboring countries?
  • The logistics of bringing gasoline and diesel to end-users in Latin America: How is the region tackling existing infrastructure bottlenecks and can the challenges be turned into investment opportunities?
 17:10 - 19:10  Networking Cocktail Reception
Friday, May 25, 2017
09:00 - 10:00
Continental Breakfast and Exhibits 
10:00 - 11:00

Session 5: Biofuels

  • The US biofuels market in the Trump era: What to expect from the new US government in terms of ethanol/biodiesel mandates and how this could impact trading flows to/from Latin America?
  • Argentinian biodiesel: First as a tragedy, then as farce: how the two main biodiesel consuming markets (US and EU) closed their door to Argentinian product. Is there a future for Argentinian exports to the US without the $1 Biodiesel Tax Credit? Crude oil prices scenarios and their implications for discretionary blending in global markets
  • Brazilian biodiesel: What lies ahead for local producers, and can exports ever materialize?
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break and Exhibits
11:30 - 12:30
Session 6: Ethanol

  • The future of ethanol at a time of rising protectionism: An overview of global supply, demand and trading flows and the challenges that producers and consumers are facing
  • Brazilian ethanol: Can Brazil recover its position of net biofuel exporter? With ethanol and sugar prices rising, where are the investors and what can be done to attract them?

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