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Argus Latin America Motor Fuels Conference

Thursday, May 24, 2018
13:00 - 14:00 Registration and Welcome Afternoon Coffee
14:00 - 14:20
Opening Remarks
14:20 - 15:40

Session 1: Global Refined Products Outlook

  • Supply and demand worldwide: An overview on expected production and consumption balances for the next five years. How are the current levels of crude going to impact refinery runs and margins? What is expected in terms of investment in global refining capacity? Strong global demand, particularly from the industrial sector, helped prop up crude prices in 2017. Will we see the same trend in 2018, and if so, which products should lead the way?
  • The global clean fuels market: Sales of diesel had been leading the increase in oil demand growth, whereas the gasoline story had been mixed – with expansion in Asia and a slowdown in the US. These trends seem to changing though. What is the outlook for the next five years?
  • Marpol: How will the implementation of the IMO sulfur cap affect refined products output and demand globally? What will the impact be specifically on Latin America, and who will benefit?

Bernardo Pinheiro, Head of Brazil, Ultranav

15:40 - 16:10
Coffee Break and Exhibits
16:10 - 17:10 Session 2: Moving Motor Fuels Along the Pacific Coast

Panel Discussion
: What are the challenges and opportunities in moving products along the coast? How much product can be sourced from within Latin America? How are the trading flows from Asia and the USWC to the region evolving?

Xavier Rodriguez, Former acting Minister of Hydrocarbons in Ecuador
Paul Mariñas, Head of Supply and Distribution, PBF

 17:10 - 19:10  Networking Cocktail Reception
Friday, May 25, 2018
08:00 - 09:00
Registration and Morning Refreshments
09:00 - 10:20

Session 3: Clean Fuels Opportunities in Latin America

  • Refining barrels for the region: An outlook on clean fuels supply, demand and trade flows in the region.
  • Mexico: An update on the Energy Reform implementation, lingering challenges, lessons learned and what lies ahead in terms of an opening market.
  • Brazil: What are the main challenges and opportunities brought about by Petrobras’ new pricing policy, and how have trade flows and new entrants been impacted?

John Demopoulos, Vice President for North American Refined Products, Argus
TBD, Plural

10:20 - 10:50 Morning Networking Break
10:50 - 12:20
Session 4: Brazil - From the Port to the Pump

  • Panel discussion - Fuel distributors: A discussion over the recent changes in Brazil and the arrival of new fuel suppliers.
  • Panel discussion – Fuels infrastructure: What are the investments in the sector? Has the increasing need for fuels tanking become an issue in the market? What are the biggest challenges? What is the investment plan for logistics regarding rail networks?

Sergio Araujo, President, Abicom
Alípio Ferreira,
Operations & Logistics Director, BR Distribuidora
Delfim Oliveira,
Director, Brasilcom
Paulo Neves,
Ethanol Trading Director, Raízen
Luiz Carvalho, Executive Director, UBS

Carlos Kopittke, Chairman of Executive Board, ABTL
Nilton Gabardo,
Director of New Business in Infrastructure, Raízen

 12:20 - 13:50 Lunch
13:50 - 14:20 

Session 5: Case Study – Petropar: The challenges of supplying motor fuels to Paraguay

The fuels that state-owned oil company Petropar supplies to the country involve a complex logistics system from importing the molecules until the products finally make it to the tanks. What lessons can be learned from a country that has such an elaborate supply system?

Eddie Jara, President, Petropar

 14:20 - 15:20
Session 6: Biofuels Overview and Perspectives 

  • Renewable fuels program in the US: How is the Trump administration handling the interests of refiners and farmers amid a scenario of increasing crude production? How has it impacted RINs/RVO? What does this mean for Latin America?
  • Argentina versus Brazil biodiesel: An overview on the similarities and differences between the two markets.

Pablo Medone, Advisor, Argentinian Ministry of Energy and Mining
Daniel Goulart,
Researcher, Mackenzie University

 15:20 - 15:50  Networking Break
15:50 - 16:50 Session 7: Panel discussion - Brazilian government and RenovaBio

How the recently implemented Renovabio program will impact the ethanol market and imports from the United States?

Martinho Ono, CEO, SCA Trading
Giovani Machado, Superintendent, EPE
Miguel Ivan Lacerda, 
Director of Renewable Fuels Department, Ministry of Mines and Energy

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