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Argus Rio Crude Conference

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Tuesday, May 22
16:00 - 18:00
Registration Desk
18:00 - 20:00 Opening Cocktail Reception
Wednesday, May 23
08:00 - 09:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
09:00 - 09:30
Keynote Session

Mark Quartermain, VP Trading & Supply Crude, Shell
09:30 - 10:50

Session 1: Latin America’s Role in the Global Supply and Demand Landscape

  • Opec’s influence in crude production and pricing: What challenges is Opec facing in its quest to re-balance the market? What are the perspectives for additional production cuts among its members? Is Opec losing its influence in the international market? How does the increase in US crude production affect Opec’s ability to control prices?
  • The global supply and demand balance: What is the outlook for global production and demand? What are the new promising E&P areas worldwide? How will Opec and US shale’s co-existence impact crude output and consumption going forward?
  • Asian demand: How are China and India securing their crude supplies and how are they handling the increased flows from the Americas? What will their thirst for oil look like over the next few years and will these countries continue to expand their refining capacity?

Fareed Mohamedi, Managing Director and Chief Economist, Rapidan Energy
Toril Bosoni,
Oil Market Analyst, IEA

10:50 - 11:20
Coffee Break and Exhibits
11:20 - 12:20

Session 2: Americas pricing and exports dynamics

  • The battle between WTI and Brent as crude references: How are the new market dynamics impacting crude pricing and what is the evolving role of the US Gulf coast as a potential global benchmark? How will the North Sea and, more specifically, Brent fare in this new scenario? Are there any other relevant crude markers emerging, particularly for Latin America?
  • US Shale and Exports: How can increasing US exports affect the Latin American market? What are the trading opportunities for US supply in the international market? Is the competition between the US and the Middle East affecting the supply to and from Latin America?

Euan Craik, CEO, Argus
Nicole O’Brian, Director - USGC Commercial Operations, Synergy Crude Resource

12:20 – 13:30

Session 3: Panel Discussion – Latin American Scenario

A debate among neighboring countries to discuss regional challenges and opportunities in the crude market

Maria Victoria Riaño, President, Equion Energia
Paulo Marañon, Marketing Manager, PTP Group

13:30 - 15:30
15:30 - 16:50
Session 4: Latin American Developments

  • Technology and infrastructure innovation: What is being done in terms of adopting new technologies to reduce costs in exploration, refining and transportation? Will the regional infrastructure be improved in the next few years? 
  • Mexican reform: An overview on how the market is changing with the reform, and how Mexico is positioning itself as a major player in the region.
17:00 - 19:00 Networking Reception and Exhibits
Thursday, May 24
08:00 - 09:00
Continental Breakfast and Exhibits 
09:00 - 10:20

Session 5: Brazil

  • Petrobras: What are the perspectives for pre-salt production in the next decade? What are the challenges in placing medium and heavy crudes in the competitive global oil market?
  • Local producers’ strategy: What are other crude producers’ strategies to place their volumes internationally? Will producers follow Petrobras’ footsteps in Asia or are they aiming somewhere else? Is it going to be necessary to join forces with other companies in order to be bigger and bolder in the international market until their Brazilian production picks up?
  • Regulatory framework: An overview of the most recent changes in regulation and their impact on current production and future investments in the country’s E&P sector. What has the Temer government achieved in this sector and what are the political risks of having these reversed under a new government that might seek to change the status quo?
10:20 - 10:50 Coffee Break and Exhibits
10:50 - 12:20
Session 6: Breakout Session - Women in Crude Oil Trading

A debate with women in leading roles in Latin America’s oil industry about the future of the region’s production/demand balance, trading, logistics, investment and risk management.

Maria Victoria Riaño, President, Equion Energia
12:20 - 14:20
Closing Lunch

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