Political developments, unrest and discord across nations of the Southern Cone and major natural gas producers Bolivia and Argentina, as well as critical consumer Chile has important implications for the near term function and outlook for the region’s gas market.
Questions surround the developments and advances in natural gas production from Argentina’s unconventional play, Vaca Muerta, as the country undergoes a political transition and significant shift from the government of Mauricio Macri to Alberto Fernandez, who takes office in mid-December.
Meanwhile, Bolivia, for years a major exporter of natural gas to both Argentina and Brazil, has been consumed by an unfolding political crisis since elections in October and the resignation of Evo Morales in mid-November.
Chile, historically a major importer of natural gas from Argentina – exchanges that were begun again this year with great fanfare – has been gripped with social unrest that has also thrown its economy into a tailspin.
Brazil, a key consumer and market for natural gas from Bolivia seeks to pass a new natural gas market law with the aim of further liberalizing the sector and removing Petrobras’ grip particularly over midstream and commercialization. Key to underpinning the overhauled natural gas market in Brazil is the growing potential of the country’s Pre Salt fields.
As the transformation of the global energy sector unfolds, companies throughout Latin America are grappling with the question of how they will evolve operationally, financially, and strategically as the world shifts its energy focus.
YPF has embraced the challenge of the energy transition and created a strategy of “Energy Transition’ Readiness” based upon the G20-B20 Energy, Resource Efficiency and Sustainability Recommendations, the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement. Specifically, the company is developing actions to reduce the total intensity of carbon emissions associated with operations, including technological developments focused on methane emissions, gas storage, specifically enhancing energy efficiency across the value chain and sustainability of the company overall.
Join us for a webinar and discussion with Dr. Elena Morettini, Geoscience Advisor & B20 Energy Officer at YPF. Dr. Morettini will share further insights from YPF’s experience and vision on energy transitions preparing for new ways of producing, distributing and using energy, as well as other technological developments at the company.
The webinar will be held Wednesday, November 6 at 10:00am San Diego (3:00 pm Buenos Aires time; GMT/UTC – 8 hours). Dr. Morettini’s formal presentation will be followed by a live Q&A session with the audience
Join us on Thursday, September 12 at 10:00 am San Diego for a webinar: “Mexico’s Natural Gas Prospects Under AMLO” and discussion with Emily Medina, Energy Consultant and Energy Policy Research Foundation (EPRINC) Non-Resident Fellow. Emily will provide an overview of Mexico’s current natural gas panorama as well as her analysis and perspectives with regards to the transformation of sector.
Mexico’s energy sector is at a turning point. The policy choices the government takes now will determine the country’s energy security and prices going forward. Recent policy shifts by the Mexican government in natural gas pipelines and PEMEX’s joint ventures suggest that the administration might gradually become more receptive of private sector’s participation than what was expected since he took office in December. This could in turn unleash Mexico’s potential in oil and gas developments. Given the important role that natural gas has in Mexico’s economy and its abundant natural gas reserves, the government should incentivize investments in PEMEX’s fields through joint ventures, and establish a competitive natural gas market.
The webinar will be held on Thursday, September 12 at 10:00 am San Diego. Emily’s presentation will be followed by a live Q&A session with the audience.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) was founded in September 1960 by five countries: Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. They were to become the Founder Members of the Organization. Today, OPEC counts 14 Member Countries including Ecuador and Venezuela in Latin America.
The OPEC mission is to coordinate and unify the petroleum policies of its Member Countries and ensure the stabilization of oil markets in order to secure an efficient, economic and regular supply of petroleum to consumers, a steady income to producers and a fair return on capital for those investing in the petroleum industry.
Join us for a webinar and discussion with Leonardo Sempertegui, Ecuadorian attorney currently serving as the General Legal Counsel for the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries based in Vienna, Austria. He will provide an overview of his organization’s mission and their analysis and perspectives with regards to the transformation of the global energy sector. Leonardo will also join us during our Madrid Energy Conferenceon September 4-6, 2019 in Madrid Spain.
The webinar will be held Wednesday, August 7 at 10:00am San Diego. Leonardo’s presentation will be followed by a live Q&A session with the audience.
The issue of managing methane emissions has been a critical topic and focal point for the energy industry, policymakers and regulators. A primary component of natural gas, methane is also a more damaging greenhouse gas than CO2. With the boom in natural gas production, attention on properly managing methane leaks from wells, pipelines and the entire natural gas value chain has united focus on reducing its potent emissions while also limiting the waste of the resource being produced.
For the last two years, Mexico has been in the process of developing regulations to similarly manage the issue of methane emissions in the country’s burgeoning oil and gas sector. In late 2018, after years of study and development, Mexico published regulations that will curb methane emissions in the country’s oil and gas sector. The Mexican government received inputs from several environmental organizations as well as industry groups. The final result is a regulatory structure and set of norms that are groundbreaking for Latin America and positions Mexico as a leader on environmental policy and greenhouse gas emissions particularly pertaining to the oil and gas sector.
Join us for a webinar and discussion with <strong>Dr. Luis Vera</strong>, Executive Director of <a href=”https://www.gob.mx/asea”>Mexico’s Agency for Security, Energy and the Environment, ASEA</a>. Dr. Vera will share further insights from the development of the regulations for curbing and properly managing methane emissions in Mexico and early results from their efforts and key factors for other markets and countries to understand as they seek to develop their own regulations.
The webinar will be held Wednesday, July 31 at 10:00am San Diego (12:00 pm Mexico City time; GMT/UTC – 8 hours). Dr. Vera’s formal presentation will be followed by a live Q&A session with the audience.
Lithium has increasingly captured attention as the world undergoes an energy transition. The role for lithium-ion batteries both in terms of energy storage and as a key element for the batteries that power electric vehicles has driven much of the interest and focus. Indeed, various projections point to soaring demand with some estimates predicting demand to triple by 2025. Lithium is particularly important as part of the energy transition debate in Latin America given the massive deposits in the region. The countries of Argentina, Bolivia and Chile make up the so-called Lithium Triangle and count 54% of global resources. Chile has long been a major producer, but more recently, according to the government of Argentina, investment in that country’s booming lithium market has increased tenfold over the last five years.
But does the hype match the potential? Is the market growing as rapidly as predicted? Moreover, what are the various technologies and how will Latin America’s lithium deposits be monetized? Beyond technology, are there environmental and community constraints in Latin America to consider as part of the region’s lithium outlook?
Join us for a webinar and discussion with Emily Hersh, Managing Partner at DCDB Group, and host of the Global Lithium Podcast, to help demystify the topic of lithium and what to expect in the coming months and years for Latin America’s Lithium Triangle.
The webinar and virtual panel will be held Wednesday, April 24 at 8:00am San Diego (12:00 pm Buenos Aires time; GMT/UTC – 8 hours). Her formal presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.
The President of @iamericas, Theodore E. Gildred III and #Energy and #Sustainability VP @jermartinioa during a meeting with the Executive Director of @agencia_asea Mr. Ángel Carrizales. Thank you for a great first meeting and looking forward to our future collaboration.
Special thanks to Mr. @FLBen_VM for the invitation to @Jacsanc @iamericas to participate and collaborate in this wonderful event that had the presence of #energy professionals in the country and from abroad. #WomeninEnergy #WIN2019