Prospects for LNG and Natural Gas in Central America

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Panama Marriott Hotel
Calle 52 y Ricardo Arias, Area Bancaria, Panama City

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The global natural gas and unconventional resource revolution offers important opportunities for Central America. Notable changes rippling across the energy world on both the supply and demand side merit discussion across the Isthmus. 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, economics and its role as a cleaner fuel source for the region’s energy matrix, as well as how it fits into the broader energy integration efforts in the region. Topics will also include the role of technology to scale LNG to meet Central America’s market requirements and case studies from other regions with insights as to the evolving role of natural gas and LNG.

Confirmed Speakers

Vicente Prescott, Secretary of Energy of Panama

Ada Georgina Barrientos de Flores, Director, Electric Market, National Energy Council, El Salvador

Edgardo Calderon, Executive Secretary, Consejo Director del Mercado Eléctrico Regional (CDMER)

Raul Carral, General Manager, Power Plants Sales, Central America, Wärtsilä North America, Inc.

Manuel Colcombet, Sr. Vice President Strategy and Portfolio Management, International Power GDF Suez

Gilberto De La Cruz Malavassi, Director General, National Center for Electric Planning, Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE)

Marco De la Rosa, Vice President for Central America and the Caribbean, AES Corporation

Roberto Dobles, Director, Clean Fuels & Energy Las Americas (C-FELA) and former Minister of Environment, Energy and Telecommunications of Costa Rica

Jorge Fisher, Executive Secretary, Central American Electrification Council (CEAC)

Rafael Garcia, Senior Director, Galway Energy Advisors

Eduardo Lima, Vice President for Projects, Pacific Rubiales

Silvia Marucci, Senior Specialist, Liquid Cargoes, Office of Market Research and Analysis, Panama Canal Authority

Juan Manuel Urriola, former Secretary of Energy of Panama

Gardner W. Walkup, Senior Vice President, Strategy, AES Corporation

Ariel Yepez, Senior Energy Economist, Sustainable Development Department Latin America and the Caribbean, World Bank


AES                 CAF 
Pacific Rubiales                      Wartsila



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