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Argus Latin America Motor Fuels Conference

Don't miss the 2nd Latin America Motor Fuels Conference, part of Argus Latin America Week! Reserve your place in more than one conference and get 30% off!

Register now and get the chance to network with hundreds of industry players!

Speakers confirmed:

  • Alípio Ferreira, Operations & Logistics Director, BR Distribuidora
  • Miguel Ivan Lacerda, Director of Renewable Fuels Department, Ministry of Mines and Energy
  • Delfim Oliveira, Director, Brasilcom
  • Carlos Kopittke, Chairman of Executive Board, ABTL
  • Xavier Rodriguez, Former acting Minister of Hydrocarbons in Ecuador
  • Pablo Medone, Advisor, Ministry of Energy and Mining
  • Eddie Jara, President, Petropar
  • Nilton Gabardo, Director of New Business in Infrastructure, Raízen
  • Bernardo Pinheiro, Head of Brazil, Ultranav
  • Paul Mariñas, Head of Supply and Distribution, PBF
  • Luiz Carvalho, Executive Director, UBS 
  • Giovani Machado, Superintendent, EPE
  • Martinho Ono, CEO, SCA Trading
  • Sergio Araujo, President, Abicom
  • Paulo Neves, Ethanol Trading Director, Raízen
  • TBD, Plural
  • John Demopoulos, Vice President for North American Refined Products, Argus

...and more!

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Latin American motor fuels markets are more dynamic than ever before. Restructuring at Petrobras, market reforms in Mexico and Brazil and a new, protectionist US administration create massive uncertainty – and opportunity. Join us to hear a detailed analysis of the market outlook for gasoline, diesel, ethanol and biodiesel in the region.

Energy Week audience profile

Located in the charming city of Rio de Janeiro and covering a broad range of topics about all areas of clean and renewable fuels in Latin America, the conference offers participants a unique opportunity to gain a better understanding of the industry while conducting business with other peers.

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Latin America Energy Audience Breakdown

Attendees of the Argus Latin America Energy Week include representatives from:

Abiove · AC Rio · Açu Petroleo · AET Tankers · AlcoTra · American Consulate · ANP · Axion Energy Argentina SA · Banco Rabobank Brazil · Bank of America Merrill Lynch · Barra Energia · BCI Brasil China Importadora · Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd · Bloomberg News · BM&F Bovespa · BP · BP Marine · BR Distribuidora · Braskem · Brazilship · Brazilship/Tide Maritime · Brazilship/Scanbrasil · Braziltide · Buckeye Partners, L.P. · Bunge · Bureau Veritas | Inspectorate · CHS · Citi · CME Group · CNOOC Petroleum Brasil · Copersucar · Cosmo Oil Of U.S.A · Deloitte · Delta Energia · EBTE Engenharia · Ecoflex Trading Energia e Logística · Ecopetrol · ED&F Man Brasil · Edelman · ENAP · Endurance Energia · Energy Aspects · Engie Latam · ENIX · Enseada Industria Naval · EPE · Equion Energia Limited · Ernst & Young · EXPRO · Fendercare · FGV Energia · Firjan · Folha de São Paulo · FS Bioenergia · FSB Comunicação · Fuji Oil Co., Ltd. · Galp Energia SA · Gazprom · GEA Biodiesel · Glencore · Glencore do Brasil · Greca Asfaltos · Grupo Repsol del Peru SAC · Gunvor · Helm do Brasil · InterChem USA, Inc · Ipiranga · JDC Energia · JOGMEC · JX Nippon Oil & Energy · Kolmar · KPC · Latin Energy · Logitrade · Logum Logística S.A. · Lukoil Pan Americas, LLC · Lyondell/Houston Refining · Medanito · Mercuria Energy Trading · Mitsubishi Corporation · Monitor Deloitte · Noble Americas Corp. · Nustar Energy · Occidental Petroleum Corporation · Odebrecht · Oiltanking · Oiltanking Terminais Ltda · Oleoducto Central S.A. (OCENSA) · OSB - Offshore Solutions Brasil · Panamax International · Par Pacific Holdings · PDVSA · Petrobras · Petrobras Transporte SA · Petrochina · PetroRio · Port of Rotterdam · Porto Central · Private · Prumo Logistica · PTP Group · Rabobank International · Raizen Combustíveis S/A · Refinaria Riograndense · Repsol · Repsol Sinopec Brasil · Rio de Janeiro State University · Rosneft Brasil E&P · Rumo Log · Rystad Energy · SafeSTS Ltd · Savixx Comércio Internacional S/A · SCA Etanol do Brasil · Shell · SIBUR International GmbH · Sindalcool · Sinochem · Statoil · Suncor Energy Marketing Inc. · TECPETROL S.A · Teknofil · Tereos · Thomson Reuters · Total E&P Do Brasil Ltda · Trafigura do Brasil Cons Ltda · Transpetro · Trench Rossi · Tricon Energy · UFRJ · Unipec · US Consulate Rio de Janeiro · Vitol · VTTI Brazil · Williams Shipping · Yamamoto Consulting LLC

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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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Networking Lunch

Registration Prices:

Pre-Registration (until March 16th) $1195
Early Registration (March 17th-April 20th)
Standard Registration (After April 21st)

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Reserve your place in more than one conference of Latin America Week and get 30% off!

For group rates, payments with nota fiscal and multiple-event discounts contact us at 
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Fees include participation in all sessions, conference luncheon/reception, coffee breaks, continental breakfast and one set of conference documentation per person. Travel, accommodation and pre-conference workshop costs are not included.

Terms and Conditions

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Antitrust Compliance Reminder

Argus takes compliance with antitrust law seriously. The purpose of the Argus Latin America Motor Fuels Conference is to provide a high-level update on changes taking place in the fuels market including supply and demand fundamentals, Latin American infrastructure dynamics as well as understanding the complexities of global trade flows. The conference sessions will follow the agenda as circulated.

Argus reminds all participants of the need to be mindful of the requirement to comply with antitrust and competition laws. There should be no discussion of any matters relating to competition among participants, including discussion of individual prices, rates or market strategies and no exchange of  information concerning any other competitive aspect of an individual company’s operation. Should any participant to this conference attempt to initiate a discussion with other participants on any of these matters, we recommend that other participants end the conversation immediately, and at all times act in accordance with their own antitrust compliance policies and all applicable laws.

Hotel Accommodation and Visa Application

Delegates are responsible for their hotel, travel and visa arrangements. Event room rates are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


The organizers will not accept liability for non-approval of visas, individual transport de­lays and transport disruption. In such circumstances, our normal cancellation rules and penalties apply. Where matters beyond the reasonable control of the organizers impair or prevent the organizers from being able to perform any activities relating to this event, each delegate releases the organizers from any liability, relating to such events.

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Simultaneous translation in Spanish and Portuguese will be available onsite throughout the event

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