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Buenos Aires, Argentina – Hilton Puerto Madero
Av Macacha Guemes 351, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, C1106BK
This executive roundtable will assess Argentina’s unconventional resource potential against the backdrop of global energy realities and what they signify for Argentina’s energy outlook, including what may be called the energy transition. Panel discussions will focus on the potential to reinvigorate Argentina’s role in driving regional energy integration, the future for shale, in particular opportunities in the Vaca Muerta region, as well as the electric sector, renewable energy and sustainability.
Argentina’s election of Mauricio Macri has unleashed an up swell of interest and optimism for the country. The new president’s early actions have shone bright lights on a new outlook for foreign policy and Argentina’s international posture. Moreover, President Macri has made clear his intentions to boost the nation’s flagging economy and give the energy sector a needed shot in the arm. To wit, only a week into his term he declared an energy emergency through 2017 and with it powers to stave off outages.
Energy contributes around 5 percent of Argentina’s GDP and 6 percent of its export revenue. But these figures must rise if the country is to revitalize the energy sector as a motor for economic growth and a significant driver of reform. Once a major energy exporter and pioneer in the development of natural gas and regional integration, energy imports are now costing Argentina over $6 billion per year. The development of Vaca Muerta’s shale resources will require an estimated $200 billion.
But it’s not just about the country’s upstream or the shale and unconventional resource opportunities. Now is the perfect moment to review the myriad needs of Argentina’s energy infrastructure, power sector challenges, and ways to boost the deployment of renewables in the nation. The new government’s energy policy must consider how to support sustainable development while balancing energy security concerns with increasing local community and climate impacts. After the historic climate agreement in Paris, countries including Argentina will begin to consider how best to redefine their energy mix. How to meet national emissions goals and make the business case for an energy transition will be key for the emerging role of renewable energy in Argentina.
- Daniel Redondo, Secretary of Strategic Energy Planning, Ministry of Energy and Mining
- Sebastián Kind, Undersecretary for Renewable Energy, Ministry of Energy and Mining
- Noah Mamet, United States Ambassador to Argentina
- David Tezanos González, President, Ente Nacional Regulador del Gas (ENARGAS)
- Hamilton Moss, Vice President for Energy, CAF – Development Bank of Latin America
- Marcelo Álvarez, President, Cámara Argentina de Energías Renovables (CADER)
- Ricardo Bedregal, Senior Director, Upstream, IHS
- Daniel Hugo Bouille, President, Fundación Bariloche
- Dolores Brizuela, Commercial Director for Raw Material and Energy, Dow Chemical
- Julia Carruthers, Manager, Asociación de Grandes Usuarios de Energía Eléctrica de la República Argentina (AGUEERA)
- Laurent Furedi, Chief Strategy, Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, Latin America, Engie
- Raúl E. García, President, R. García Consultores S.A
- Juan Garoby, Executive Manager, Drilling & Workover, YPF S.A.
- Martín Genesio, Country Manager, AES Argentina
- Rolando González-Bunster, Chairman, InterEnergy
- Alvaro Ríos, Partner & Director, Gas Energy Latin America and Drillinginfo
- Ariel Russo, Business Manager, GE Wind South America
- Francisco Xavier Salazar, Non-Resident Fellow, Institute of the Americas & Former President of Mexico’s Comisión Reguladora de Energía (CRE)
- Gustavo Schettini, General Manager, Energy Consulting Services (ECS)
- Adriane Silva, Associate Director, Fitch Ratings
- Richard Spies, CEO, Pan American Energy
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