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Calle Victor Solino 349, Montevideo
Extreme weather conditions in the Southern Cone over the last several months have burdened electric grids and energy infrastructure across the region. Enhanced diversification of the energy sector remains a priority for policy makers. However, adding large-scale wind and solar capacity remains a fairly elusive goal and thermoelectric plants continue to provide the majority of new power supply for countries of the region. Upstream bid rounds aimed at increasing domestic hydrocarbon – particularly natural gas – production have also figured prominently in Brazil and Uruguay, while Argentina focuses on harnessing its massive unconventional resource potential. But until domestic natural gas production catches up to booming demand, the region appears likely to continue its reliance on imported natural gas, and primarily liquefied natural gas (LNG). Indeed, at the core of energy discussions in Uruguay are the developments of the Gas Sayago import terminal in Montevideo set to launch operations in 2015, while in Brazil LNG import terminals increasingly dot the coastline.
This one-day forum will debate energy policy in the Southern Cone, and the emphasis on energy diversification and energy security. Panels and presentations will delve into the impact and implications of the extreme weather conditions, the focus on natural gas and LNG for energy diversification efforts, as well as the appropriate role for increased deployment of renewable energy sources.
- Roberto Kreimerman, Minister of Industry, Energy & Mining of Uruguay
- Gonzalo Casaravilla, Chairman, National Administration of Power Plants and Electrical Transmission (UTE)
- José Coya, President, National Administration of Fuels, Alcohol and Cement (ANCAP)
- Julissa Reynoso, United States Ambassador to Uruguay
- Ramón Méndez, National Energy Director, Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining of Uruguay
- Ana Amicarella, Managing Director Americas Power Projects, Aggreko
- Marta Jara, General Manager, Gas Sayago S.A.
- Pablo Cisneros, Energy Principal Executive, CAF – Development Bank of Latin America
- Marco Antonio Fidelis, Regulatory Specialist, Agencia Nacional de Petróleo (ANP)
- Carlos Gothe, CEO, GNLS S.A. (GDF SUEZ Group)
- Alvaro Ríos, Partner, Gas Energy
- Pablo Urbicain, Marketing Manager, Argentina, Bolivia and Chile, Schlumberger