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Webinar: Can Digital Technology Help Oil & Gas Organizations Accelerate Their Success

Webinars 2017Date: Thursday, October 4 , 2018
Time: 9:00am San Diego (11:00 am Houston time; GMT/UTC - 8 hours)
Contact: Jacqueline Sanchez


Strategic data collection and analysis in the oil and gas sector is nothing new. For years, the industry has utilized cutting-edge data collection methods to drive critical business decisions. But today’s market demands more. Indeed, to keep ahead of the pace, and to be a leading player in the sector , oil and gas companies need to embrace the current digital revolution.

There is ample evidence to underscore that the development and implementation of a clear digital strategy is critical for long-term success. Moreover, the digitalization of business and operating models can significantly accelerate a company’s growth, providing the potential to overcome existing competitors and unlock new levels of productivity and profitability.

Join us for a webinar presentation on the digital development and implementation for the oil & gas industry featuring Walter Pesenti, Senior Vice President at Nathan Associates. The focus is on lessons learned, next steps, and building the business case for oil & gas organizations to accelerate their success through digital technology.

During the webinar, Walter Pesenti will draw from his long career advising industry clients and present the current market context and business case for embracing digital technology in the oil & gas sector. He will illustrate success factors, challenges, and routes to optimize and incorporate digital technology.  He will delve into questions such as: What areas of operations is digital technology impacting the most? What is the typical value realization experienced by the industry? What are the value levers and value generation of digital technology?  What are some of the “business questions” about digital asked by business leadership? Pesenti will discuss views and insights on “making digital work,” and explore the different types of behavioral changes required by corporate leaders.

The webinar will take place on Thursday, October 4 at 9:00 am San Diego (11:00 am Houston time; GMT/UTC - 8 hours).  Mr. Pesenti’s formal presentation will be followed by a live Q&A session with the audience.

In addition, a white paper featuring Nathan Associates latest research on digitalization and experiences from the oil & gas sectors will be distributed to attendees at the end of the session.




Webinar: CFE’s Transformation and the Mexican Electric Market

Webinars 2017

Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Time: 11:00am San Diego (13:00 pm Mexico City time; GMT/UTC - 8 hours)
Contact: Jacqueline Sanchez


For years leading up to the 2013/2014 structural reforms, Mexico’s electric sector faced major challenges ranging from high generation costs, a lack of investment on transmission and distribution lines and networks and limited renewable energy deployment. The challenges had important impacts on the sustainability of the nation’s power sector and Mexico’s economic competitiveness more broadly.

A significant element of the reforms was the transformation of national energy firms Pemex and CFE to state-productive companies. Additionally, the reforms threw off many of the restraints on private and international investment and, historically, established a new electric market where generation and commercialization of electricity is open to competition.

As part of the new electric market and transformation of CFE, the Ministry of Energy (SENER) published the “terms for the Strict Legal Separation of the Federal Electricity Commission” or TESLS for its acronym in Spanish. The TESLS institutes the new company’s structure, approved by the Board of CFE that prescribes the company to be divided vertically and horizontally in state productive or affiliates. In the new market structure, CFE remains as the primary retail supplier of electricity. However, as part of the reforms the company is undergoing a major overhaul and transformation into a holding company with separate generation, transmission, distribution, supply and marketing subsidiaries that operate semi-independently.

Join us for a webinar presentation with Jorge Araujo, CFE’s Director of Financed Investment Projects. He will share insights on CFE’s restructuring and transformation, and where the implementation stands today in the context of Mexico’s energy reform and electric market.

The webinar will be held September 25 at 11:00am San Diego (13:00 pm Mexico City time; GMT/UTC - 8 hours). Araujo’s formal presentation will be followed by a live Q&A session with the audience.





The Business Case For Community Engagement: Getting Prior Consultation Right in Mexico


Date: October 9
Time: 9:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m.
Place: Mexico City – ANUIES
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Prior and free consultation

Electrical GridMexico’s energy reforms have opened important opportunities for a wide range of energy companies and across industry segments. But mastering engineering, operational and other technical risks will not be enough to guarantee  successful and sustainable project development. Perhaps now more than ever before, knowledge and management of community related risks will matter.

For the first time in Mexico, laws associated with the energy reform recognized the right of indigenous communities to be consulted when affected by energy projects. However, the results associated with implementing consultas remains problematic. Since it came into effect in 2014, SENER has initiated 14 projects seeking consulta previas. Only nine secured consent, one was rejected, while the other five remain highly contested.

Among other challenges, there seems to be confusion surrounding the implementation and the consulta process as the law does not provide  sufficient guidance to the different stakeholders as to their role vis-à-vis the consultation mechanism. Further complicating matters is the lack of experience of all the stakeholders involved, from regulators to companies, civic organizations and, most importantly, communities that could be affected by energy projects.

The overarching message of this event is one of collaboration and engagement; all parties (regulators, industry, NGOs and community representatives) working together to find a way forward for sustainable energy development and production in Mexico.



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El caso de negocio para el relacionamiento con las comunidades: Cómo realizar consultas previas de forma adecuada en México

Fecha: Octubre 9
Hora: 9:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m.
Lugar: Mexico D.F. – ANUIES
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Electrical Grid Las reformas energéticas de México han abierto oportunidades importantes para una amplia gama de compañías de energía, en todos los segmentos de la industria. Pero dominar los retos de ingeniería, operativos y otros riesgos técnicos no será suficiente para garantizar el desarrollo de proyectos exitosos y sostenibles. Ahora, tal vez más que nunca, el conocimiento y la gestión de los riesgos relacionados con las relaciones con la comunidad serán importantes.

Por primera vez en México, las leyes asociadas con la reforma energética reconocieron el derecho de las comunidades indígenas a ser consultadas cuando se ven afectadas por los proyectos de energía. Sin embargo, los resultados asociados con la implementación de consultas siguen siendo problemáticos. Desde que entró en vigencia en 2014, SENER ha iniciado 14 proyectos que solicitan de consultas previas. De estos, solo nueve obtuvieron el consentimiento, uno fue rechazado, mientras que los otros cinco siguen siendo muy controvertidos.

Entre otros desafíos, parece haber confusión en torno a la implementación y el proceso de consulta, ya que la ley no proporciona suficiente orientación a los diferentes interesados en cuanto a cuál debe ser su papel con respecto al mecanismo de consulta. Más complicado aún es la falta de experiencia de todas las partes involucradas, desde los reguladores hasta las empresas, las organizaciones cívicas y, lo que es más importante, las comunidades que podrían verse afectadas por los proyectos de energía.

El mensaje general de este evento es de colaboración y compromiso; todas las partes (reguladores, industria, ONGs y representantes de la comunidad) trabajando juntas para encontrar un camino a seguir para el desarrollo y la producción de energía sostenible en México.


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Colombia Energy 2018


Date: October 23 (Oil & Gas Roundtable) - October 24 (Energy Transition Roundtable)
Schedule for both days: Registration 8:30 a.m – 9:00 a.m. and Panels 9 a.m -1:30 p.m.
Place: Bogotá, Colombia, JW Marriott in Bogota
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Event will be in English and close to the press


Roundtables and panels aimed at informing and assessing the Duque government’s vision and outlook for the energy sector and role for oil & gas and renewables

Colombia 2018 logoIvan Duque assumed the presidency of Colombia on August 7. When it comes to energy, his administration will be immediately confronted by a sector that has been somewhat rudderless in terms of its policy objectives and strategic direction. The inherent challenges facing the sector are heightened by the regional and global context of the energy transformation and the rush to innovate and incorporate a growing level of competitive non-hydro renewables. In some segments of the energy sector, such as hydrocarbons, there is what might be best described as paralysis. In others, such as how to manage renewable energy integration, there are laws and regulations under development but that are relatively unclear as to the implementation strategy and overarching goals.

Long the darling of oil & gas investors on the back of major policy and regulatory changes in the early 2000’s, Colombia has since seen its oil production slip due to setbacks derived from the global price collapse, permitting bottlenecks and increasing citizen opposition. The national oil company, Ecopetrol, has in many ways become a microcosm of the broader issues facing Colombia’s hydrocarbons sector. Indeed, the strategic vision and role the Duque government ascribes and sets forth at Ecopetrol will be important. Moreover, the fiscal imbalance created by the oil boom has generated an important debate and confounded the government’s strategic vision for the sector. Add to the mix the all-consuming nature of the Peace Process during the Santos years and it is readily apparent that the Duque administration will have to quickly establish a road map, or at least an outline for how he and his energy team envision the role of oil. Recent remarks and comments surrounding the need to reduce Colombia’s oil dependency and pursue a low-carbon energy outlook, as well as the fracking question make it ever more imperative.

Similar to many countries in the region, Colombia has benefitted from an electric sector comprised largely of hydropower that allow for critical supply and historical cost upsides. At the same time the increasing impact and variability caused by climatic events and particularly El Niño effects have occasionally pushed the electric sector to the brink. These elements in addition to efforts to diversify the energy matrix have led to policy steps and legislation to boost unconventional renewables into the mix. In 2010, goals were set to increase its non-hydro generation to 6.5% (on grid) and 30% (off-grid areas) by 2020. Additionally, legislation and regulations passed and developed over the last four years have provided an important outline for Colombia’s renewable energy development, but in many ways the forward progress has been only incremental. When compared to other markets in Latin America, Colombia has lagged in terms of policy implementation and attracting investment in renewables. The Duque administration has seemingly begun to fill this void by supporting the country’s first renewable energy auction in the coming months.



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Energía en Colombia

Fecha: Octubre 23 (Mesa Redonda sobre Petróleo y Gas) - Octubre 24 (Mesa Redonda sobre la Transición Energética)
Horario para los dos días: Registro 8:30 a.m– 9:00 y Paneles 9:00 a.m. -1:30  p.m.
Lugar: Bogotá, Colombia, JW Marriott in Bogota
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Este evento será en español y cerrado a la prensa

Mesas redondas y paneles diseñados para informar y analizar la visión de la Administración Duque, el panorama para el sector energético, el papel del petróleo y gas, y las renovables


Comolombia Energia logoIván Duque asumió la presidencia de Colombia el 7 de agosto. En lo que se refiere a energía, su administración encuentra un sector en el que sus objetivos políticos y dirección estratégica no han sido muy claros. Los retos inherentes que afronta el sector se han venido agudizando dado el contexto global y regional de la transformación energética y el afán de innovar e incorporar un nivel más elevado y competitivo de renovables no hídricos. En algunos segmentos del sector energético, tal como los hidrocarburos, se percibe cierta parálisis. En otros, tales como el manejo de la integración de las energías renovables, existen normas y regulaciones en desarrollo pero aún no son claras las metas globales y estrategias de implementación.

Durante mucho tiempo, Colombia fue la joya de los inversionistas de petróleo y gas tras grandes cambios en las políticas y la normatividad a comienzos de los 2000, pero desde ese entonces, el país ha visto caer su producción de petróleo debido a los obstáculos derivados del colapso global de los precios, cuellos de botella en la emisión de permisos y una creciente oposición ciudadana. La compañía petrolera del estado, Ecopetrol, se ha convertido en muchos sentidos en un microcosmos de los problemas más amplios que enfrenta el sector de los hidrocarburos en Colombia. De hecho, será muy importante la visión estratégica y el papel que el gobierno del Presidente Duque le atribuya a Ecopetrol. Además, el desequilibrio fiscal creado por el auge del petróleo ha generado un debate importante y de cierta manera ha confundido la visión estratégica del gobierno para el sector. Tenemos que también agregar a la mezcla la atención devoradora del Proceso de Paz durante el período de Santos y es evidente que la administración Duque tendrá que establecer rápidamente una hoja de ruta, o al menos un bosquejo de cómo él y su equipo de energía visualizan el rol del petróleo. Y se hace cada vez más imperativo dados los comentarios recientes sobre la necesidad de reducir la dependencia del petróleo en Colombia y de buscar una perspectiva energética baja en carbono, así como el interrogante del fracking.

Al igual que en muchos países de la región, Colombia se ha beneficiado de un sector eléctrico compuesto en gran parte de energía hidroeléctrica que permite un suministro crítico y a costos históricos favorablemente. Al mismo tiempo, el creciente impacto y la variabilidad causada por los eventos climáticos y particularmente los efectos de El Niño, ocasionalmente han llevado al sector eléctrico al borde. Estos elementos, además de los esfuerzos para diversificar la matriz energética, han dado lugar a medidas políticas y legislación para impulsar las energías renovables no convencionales en la mezcla. En el 2010, se fijaron metas para aumentar la generación no hidráulica a 6.5% (en la red) y 30% (áreas sin conexión a la red) para el 2020. Además, la legislación y las regulaciones aprobadas y desarrolladas en los últimos cuatro años han proporcionado un esquema importante para el desarrollo de la energía renovable en Colombia, pero en muchos sentidos el avance ha sido solo incremental. En comparación con otros mercados en América Latina, Colombia se ha quedado rezagada en términos de implementación de políticas y atracción de inversiones en energías renovables. La administración del Presidente Duque aparentemente ha comenzado a llenar este vacío apoyando la primera subasta de energía renovable del país a realizarse en los próximos meses.


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