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ICE 2019 Forums and Special Sessions

Latin America holds large potential of undiscovered unconventional and deep water hydrocarbon resources, which represents the future and a solid economic development and energy independence. Attendees of this forum will learn from regional regulatory leaders as they discuss the latest information and challenges on the regulatory framework that will enable the exploration and development of these resources in a sustainable but efficient way. This forum will provide an opportunity for regulators to discuss openly and share challenges associated with the development of conventional and unconventional onshore resources and offshore fields. Lessons learned in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru will be key to enable the development in several Latin America countries for both onshore and offshore activities.

Speakers Include:
  • Gustavo Lopetegui, Secretary of Energy, Argentina
  • Luis Miguel Morelli, President, National Hydrocarbon Agency (ANH), Colombia
  • Seferino Yesquen, President of Directorate, Perupetro, Peru
  • Alma America Porres, President Commissioner, National Hydrocarbon Commission (CNH), Mexico (invited)

This forum will feature the top-level officers of Latin America Oil and Gas Companies discussing the challenges and opportunities within their own countries and in the international arena. The last decade has seen a significant transformation of some of the Latin NOCs from national-only companies to international corporations that are aggressively taking advantage of opportunities in the region and in other areas of the world. Top leaders from YPF, Ecopetrol, YPFB, and Pemex will bring to the forum their recent experiences and plans for the future. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to hear these leaders speak about their strategies, successes, and challenges as they guide their corporations into the 21st century.

The following executives will discuss their views in this panel:

  • Daniel Gonzalez, YPF
  • Juan M Rojas, Ecopetrol
  • Javier Esquivel, YPFB
  • Miguel A. Lozada, Pemex (invited) and sounds that are sure to be the talk of the day.

This plenary will discuss what drives global energy trends from an IOC’s perspective—it also presents an opportunity to gain perspective, learn from colleagues, and build the relationships that will enable us to meet the energy challenges of the future.

The market and economic developments of the past 24 months have created unexpected volatility and new industry challenges. It is necessary to understand the linkage between population growth, economic progress, and the amount and type of energy used around the world. Growing populations continue to advance economically over time and seek better living standards, which leads to increased energy use. Regardless of where resources are located around the world, technology will remain a key to unlocking them in the most efficient, effective, and environmentally safe manner. It is the people that will find solutions to meet this demand. To bring these resources to the market will continue to require significant ongoing investment that effectively and efficiently manages the risks inherent in our industry. Our common industry goal is to deliver reliable, affordable energy to the consumer. That is a simple proposition, but of course, it is far more complex to make it a reality, particularly in a volatile environment. It is what has brought success to our industry in the past—a commitment to continued technological advancement and strong, sustainable partnerships. Speakers will address different aspects of the drive for global energy trends including markets, energy demand, technology, people, environment, and partnerships.

Speakers:
  • Erik Oswald, ExxonMobil
  • Paul Clark, Chevron
  • Marc Gerrits, Shell
  • Tim Dodson, Equinor
  • Kevin McLachlan, Total

Regional integration is one of the key objectives of ICE 2019. The Special Country Sessions are intended to provide participants with a synopsis on what is currently happening in the oil industry in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Perú, and Trinidad and Tobago/Suriname/Guyana. Presenters will outline the key trends, challenges, and emerging plays in each of these countries, which combined represent a significant crude production of more than 5.7 million barrels of oil per day. Discussions will not only revolve around the geological potential of the key countries but also the overall political and economic outlooks that will impact business decisions and exploration strategies. This panel will have the participation of key industry players from each invited country.

Speakers
  • Pablo Bizzotto, YPF
  • Andon Lopez, Argentine Institute of Oil and Gas (IAG)
  • Gustavo Lopetegui, Secretary of Mines
  • Carlos Macellari, Tecpetrol

Regional integration is one of the key objectives of ICE 2019. The Special Country Sessions are intended to provide participants with a synopsis on what is currently happening in the oil industry in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Perú, and Trinidad and Tobago/Suriname/Guyana. Presenters will outline the key trends, challenges, and emerging plays in each of these countries, which combined represent a significant crude production of more than 5.7 million barrels of oil per day. Discussions will not only revolve around the geological potential of the key countries but also the overall political and economic outlooks that will impact business decisions and exploration strategies. This panel will have the participation of key industry players from each invited country.

Speakers
  • Sylvia Couto Anjos, Petrobras
  • Jose Firmo, Brazilian Petroleum Institute (IBP) (invited)
  • Elaine Petersohn, National Petroleum Agency (ANP)
  • Jose Milton Cronemberger Mendes, Queiroz Galvao (invited)
Organizations Represented
  • Ministry of Natural Resources, Guyana
  • Staatsolie, Suriname
  • Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries, Trinidad & Tobago

Regional integration is one of the key objectives of ICE 2019. The Special Country Sessions are intended to provide participants with a synopsis on what is currently happening in the oil industry in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Perú, and Trinidad and Tobago/Suriname/Guyana. Presenters will outline the key trends, challenges, and emerging plays in each of these countries, which combined represent a significant crude production of more than 5.7 million barrels of oil per day. Discussions will not only revolve around the geological potential of the key countries but also the overall political and economic outlooks that will impact business decisions and exploration strategies. This panel will have the participation of key industry players from each invited country.

Fully embracing the region’s energy future requires an understanding of the past.

The History of Petroleum Geology session embraces the past and tells the exploration story. The session features interesting talks and provides valuable insight to those working in industry today.

History of Petroleum Geology at ICE Buenos Aires includes presentations from Argentina, Mexico, Peru and Colombia.

Jorge Hechem kicks off the session with A Century of Exploration in the Neuquen Basin, a talk explaining how today’s tight and shale gas hotspot is nothing new to Argentine explorers.

In a History of the E&P Industry in Mexico, Alfredo Guzman describes the historical evolution of the Mexican energy sector and shares opportunities for the development in the country’s offshore and unconventional resource sectors.

Pedro Alarcon’s presentation, Peru Oil and Gas Industry Perspective and Exploration Potential, reviews the history of Peru’s oil and gas industry and highlights investment opportunities in the country’s offshore and onshore basins.

In a Short Tale of Colombia Offshore Exploration, Victor Ramirez describes the Colombia Caribbean energy sector’s evolution, from the early exploratory efforts and the development of the Chuchupa Ballena field in the 1970s to recent discoveries and future potential in the offshore Caribbean.

Regional integration is one of the key objectives of ICE 2019. The Special Country Sessions are intended to provide participants with a synopsis on what is currently happening in the oil industry in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Perú, and Trinidad and Tobago/Suriname/Guyana. Presenters will outline the key trends, challenges, and emerging plays in each of these countries, which combined represent a significant crude production of more than 5.7 million barrels of oil per day. Discussions will not only revolve around the geological potential of the key countries but also the overall political and economic outlooks that will impact business decisions and exploration strategies. This panel will have the participation of key industry players from each invited country.

Speakers
  • Luis Morelli, ANH Colombia
  • Franciso Lloreda, ACP
  • Jorge Calvache, Ecopetrol
  • Richard Herbert, Frontier Energy
Speakers
  • Alma America Porres, National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH)
  • Merlin Cochran, Mexican Association of Hydrocarbons (Amexhi)
  • Ulises Hernandez, Pemex
  • Tito Bianco, ENI

Regional integration is one of the key objectives of ICE 2019. The Special Country Sessions are intended to provide participants with a synopsis on what is currently happening in the oil industry in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Perú, and Trinidad and Tobago/Suriname/Guyana. Presenters will outline the key trends, challenges, and emerging plays in each of these countries, which combined represent a significant crude production of more than 5.7 million barrels of oil per day. Discussions will not only revolve around the geological potential of the key countries but also the overall political and economic outlooks that will impact business decisions and exploration strategies. This panel will have the participation of key industry players from each invited country.

Speakers
  • Seferino Yesquén, Perupetro (confirmed)
  • Rodolfo Escobar, PetroPeru (invited)
  • Adrian Vila, Pluspetrol (invited)
  • Jorge Olazabal, National Society of Mining, Petroleum and Energy (SNMPE) (invited)

Regional integration is one of the key objectives of ICE 2019. The Special Country Sessions are intended to provide participants with a synopsis on what is currently happening in the oil industry in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Perú, and Trinidad and Tobago/Suriname/Guyana. Presenters will outline the key trends, challenges, and emerging plays in each of these countries, which combined represent a significant crude production of more than 5.7 million barrels of oil per day. Discussions will not only revolve around the geological potential of the key countries but also the overall political and economic outlooks that will impact business decisions and exploration strategies. This panel will have the participation of key industry players from each invited country.

The Super Basin Forum will be a new focus for high impact energy related forums for AAPG. AAPG is pleased to introduce this Forum at ICE Buenos Aires with 4 notable presentations relevant to the conference theme of “Shaping the Future in a Changing Energy Landscape.” This focus is a new initiative for AAPG’s second century of existence. The vision is that this forum will become a recurring theme at AAPG international conferences. Follow-up papers will be preserved online and in AAPG publications.

These presentations will also show how geoscience matters and how rocks tell the story. We want to frame the world’s most petroliferous basins with an understanding of the boundary and layer conditions. This includes the richness, distribution, maturity, and position in the stratigraphic column of the source rocks. It also includes an appreciation of the reservoirs, seals, and structural configuration.

Super basins are shifting attention away from frontier exploration toward established mature basins as a key source for tomorrow’s oil and gas supplies. Super basins are established producers with at least 5 billion BOE produced and 5 billion BOE remaining recoverable, two or more petroleum systems or source rocks, stacked reservoirs, existing infrastructure/oil field services, and access to markets (IHS Markit). Horizontal drilling and multi-staged horizontal fracturing are driving the onshore super basin renaissance. The Permian Basin in Texas, Gulf of Mexico, and Middle East basins are prototype oil- and gas-prone super basins. And Africa has many of its own super basins!

We are seeing an energy renaissance using new technology. Basins formerly thought of as “mature” basins have new surprises using the Total Petroleum Systems approach. Peak oil is a concept defined by a population of energy accumulations known, detectable, and producible at a particular time and place. When there are “multiple” peaks to a basin historical hydrocarbon production graph, it means that we were not fully grasping the true potential of basins with new technology. We will focus on the technology transfer and best practice sharing of new technologies that can be applied in various basins.

Topics the speakers will address include:
  • What makes your super basin special and unique and what can we learn from it?
  • What are the critical geoscience elements that contribute to success?
  • What is the exploration/production history, and what are the major plays with remaining potential—conventional, unconventional, and field growth?
  • What are the key innovations in your super basin, such as adoption of horizontal drilling, hydraulic stimulation, completing and drilling techniques, and seismic imaging, that helped unlock the potential and what is needed to grow it further?
  • How do “above ground” issues like politics, access, mineral ownership, and geography influence realizing the full resource potential of your super basin?
  • Will the basin be a regional or global disrupter?
  • Introduction: Exploration Creativity in the Golden Age of Super Basins and What AAPG is Doing About Them: C. A. Sternbach, President Star Creek Energy, and AAPG Past President
  • Latin America’s Super Basins—Are Any of Them Poised to Re-Awaken?: Robert Fryklund, Chief Strategist, IHS Energy
  • Argentina, Vaca Muerta, and Other Plays in the Neuquen Super Basin: Carlos Macellari, Director of Exploration & Development, Tecpetrol
  • Brazil: An Update on the Campos and Santos Super Basins, and Recent Discoveries: Rogerio Soares Cunha, Exploration Manager, Pre-Salt Production Sharing Contracts, Petrobras
  • Colombia: Onshore and Offshore Basins Driven by the La Luna Petroleum System: Jorge Calvache, Exploration Vice President, Ecopetrol
  • Mexico Super Basins, Including the Tampico Misantla Super Basin—A Lookalike to the Permian Basin of the USA?: Alfredo Guzman, Mexico Petroleum Company
Speakers
  • Oscar Barriga, YPFB
  • Luis Alberto Sanchez, Minister of Hydrocarbons
  • Yussef Akly, Bolivian Hydrocarbons Chamber of Commerce
  • Tomas Zapata, Repsol

Regional integration is one of the key objectives of ICE 2019. The Special Country Sessions are intended to provide participants with a synopsis on what is currently happening in the oil industry in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Perú, and Trinidad and Tobago/Suriname/Guyana. Presenters will outline the key trends, challenges, and emerging plays in each of these countries, which combined represent a significant crude production of more than 5.7 million barrels of oil per day. Discussions will not only revolve around the geological potential of the key countries but also the overall political and economic outlooks that will impact business decisions and exploration strategies. This panel will have the participation of key industry players from each invited country.