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Oct 2 2013 / 8:00 AM- 4:30 PM
San José, Costa Rica – Real InterContinental Hotel
In Front Of Multiplaza, San José
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In recent years, the so-called “golden era” of natural gas has sent ripples across the energy world. More importantly, the dramatic rise in natural gas and unconventional development offers significant opportunities for Central America. These monumental changes on both the supply and demand side merit discussion across the Isthmus. Natural gas has the potential to reduce the region’s dependence on oil imports – which cost Central America over $13 billion 2011 – while also providing a cleaner source of electric generation than diesel and bunker fuels. Finding the most appropriate role and framework for natural gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) development for the region’s electric generation, transport and industrial sectors is critical for government policy makers and the private sector alike.
This one-day policy forum will assess the implications and outlook for natural gas’ potential in Central America in terms of energy security, economic development, and the role of natural gas as a cleaner fuel source for the region’s energy matrix. Panel discussions will also consider how natural gas and LNG fit into the broader energy integration efforts in the region and can support firm power needs and complement renewable energy deployment.
Ada Georgina Barrientos de Flores, Director, Electric Market, National Energy Council, El Salvador
Raúl Carral, General Manager, Power Plants Sales, Central America, Wärtsilä North America, Inc
René Castro, Minister of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica
Eduardo Cuevas, Country Head for Guatemala and El Salvador, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Teófilo de la Torre, President, Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE)
Roberto Dobles, Director, Clean Fuels & Energy Las Americas (C-FELA) and former Minister of Environment, Energy and Telecommunications of Costa Rica
Ignasi Nieto-Magaldi, Country Department of Belize, Central America, Mexico, Panama and Dominican Republic, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
Vicente Prescott, Secretary of Energy of Panama
Evanan Romero, President, OTS LatinAmerica LLC
Gustavo Schettini, CEO, Energy Consulting Services, S.A.
Juan Manuel Urriola, former Secretary of Energy of Panama
Ariel Yepez, Senior Energy Economist, Sustainable Development Department Latin America and the Caribbean, World Bank