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Argus Rio Crude Conference

The Argus Rio Crude Conference is the only crude trading event focusing on the production and distribution of Latin American crude where operators can share their experiences and understand price complexities, logistical constraints and commercial considerations for bringing Latin American supply to market. The conference goes behind the headlines to bring you timely market information on how to navigate volatility and capitalize on Latin America’s growth opportunity.

The Argus Rio Crude Conference is part of the Argus Latin America Week! Reserve your place in more than one conference and get 30% off!

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Keynote Speaker:

Mark Quartermain

Mark Quartermain,
VP Supply & Trade Crude,

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Toril Bosoni, Oil Market Analyst, IEA
  • TBD, Petrobras
  • Alejandra Chamudes, Director of Commercial Analysis and Research, ENAP
  • Maria Victoria Riaño, President, Equion Energia
  • Xavier Rodriguez, Former acting Minister of Hydrocarbons in Ecuador
  • Antoine Halff, Director - Program on Global Oil Markets, Columbia University
  • Fareed Mohamedi, Managing Director and Chief Economist, Rapidan Energy
  • Nicole O’Brien, Director - USGC Commercial Operations, Synergy Crude Resource
  • Danielle Valois, Partner, Trench Rossi
  • Diego Nieves, General Manager, PTP Group
  • Euan Craik, CEO, Argus

...and more!

Energy Week audience profile

Key reasons to attend:

  • Join more than 200 senior oil market participants to network and do business at the premier commercial crude trading event in Latin America

  • Navigate market volatility and understand how to position your business to survive and thrive 

  • Learn about key producing regions and where crude demand is growing

  • Understand how the bidding rounds will play out for Brazil, Mexico, Ecuador and others

  • Learn how Latin American barrels compete with the US and Canada
    ...and much more!

Latin America Energy Audience Breakdown

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Speaking Opportunities:

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Over 200 participants have joined the conference, from organizations such as:

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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Tuesday, May 22
16:00 - 18:00
Registration Desk
18:00 - 20:00 Opening Cocktail Reception
Wednesday, May 23
08:00 - 09:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
09:00 - 09:30
Keynote Session

Mark Quartermain, VP Trading & Supply Crude, Shell
09:30 - 10:50

Session 1: The Global Crude Supply and Demand Landscape

  • Opec’s influence in crude production and pricing: What challenges is Opec facing in its quest to re-balance the market? What are the perspectives for additional production cuts among its members? Is Opec losing its influence in the international market? How does the increase in US crude production affect Opec’s ability to control prices?
  • The global supply and demand balance: What is the outlook for global production and demand? What are the new promising E&P areas worldwide? How will Opec and US shale’s co-existence impact crude output and consumption going forward?
  • Asian demand: How are China and India securing their crude supplies and how are they handling the increased flows from the Americas? What will their thirst for oil look like over the next few years and will these countries continue to expand their refining capacity?

Fareed Mohamedi, Managing Director and Chief Economist, Rapidan Energy
Toril Bosoni,
Oil Market Analyst, IEA
Antoine Halff, Director - Program on Global Oil Markets, Columbia University

10:50 - 11:20
Coffee Break and Exhibits
11:20 - 12:20

Session 2: Americas pricing and exports dynamics

  • The battle between WTI and Brent as crude references: How are the new market dynamics impacting crude pricing and what is the evolving role of the US Gulf coast as a potential global benchmark? How will the North Sea and, more specifically, Brent fare in this new scenario? Are there any other relevant crude markers emerging, particularly for Latin America?
  • US Shale and Exports: How can increasing US exports affect the Latin American market? What are the trading opportunities for US supply in the international market? Is the competition between the US and the Middle East affecting the supply to and from Latin America?

Euan Craik, CEO, Argus
Nicole O’Brien, Director - USGC Commercial Operations, Synergy Crude Resource

12:20 – 12:50

Session 3: Mexican Reform

An overview on how the market is changing with the reform, and how Mexico is positioning itself as a major player in the region.

12:50 - 14:50
14:50 - 16:30
Session 4: Regional Infrastructure and Logistics

  • Technology and innovation: What is being done in terms of adopting new technologies to reduce costs in exploration, refining and transportation? How will this impact Latin America in the next few years?
  • Panel discussion - Moving Latin American oil in and out of the region: A discussion among neighboring countries to discuss regional challenges and opportunities in the crude market

Maria Victoria Riaño, President, Equion Energia
Diego Nieves, General Manager, PTP Group
Xavier Rodriguez, Former acting Minister of Hydrocarbons in Ecuador

17:00 - 19:00 Networking Reception and Exhibits
Thursday, May 24
08:00 - 09:00
Continental Breakfast and Exhibits 
09:00 - 10:20

Session 5: Brazil

  • Petrobras: What are the perspectives for pre-salt production in the next decade? What are the challenges in placing medium and heavy crudes in the competitive global oil market?
  • Porto do Açu – Port infrastructure in Brazil: With the discovery of the pre-salt fields, Brazil became the largest crude producer in Latin America with plans of becoming one of the biggest global exporters. For that reason, oil companies will increasingly need a port infrastructure to support the complex logistics of platform relief and oil exports. What lessons can be learned from Porto do Açu, one of the biggest and most complex port structures in the country?
  • Regulatory framework: An overview of the most recent changes in regulation and their impact on current production and future investments in the country’s E&P sector. What has the Temer government achieved in this sector and what are the political risks of having these reversed under a new government that might seek to change the status quo?

TBD, Petrobras

10:20 - 10:50 Coffee Break and Exhibits
10:50 - 12:20
Session 6: Breakout Session - Women in Crude Oil Trading

A discussion with women in leading roles in Latin America’s oil industry about the future of the region’s production/demand balance, trading, logistics, investment and risk management.

Maria Victoria Riaño, President, Equion Energia
Danielle Valois,
Partner, Trench Rossi
Alejandra Chamudes
, Director of Commercial Analysis and Research, ENAP
Vanessa Viola,
SVP Latin America, Argus
12:20 - 14:20
Closing Lunch

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Registration Prices:

Pre-Registration (until March 16th)


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 email

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

View the conference booking terms and conditions here.

Antitrust Compliance Reminder

Argus takes compliance with antitrust law seriously. The purpose of the Argus Rio Crude Conference is to provide a high-level update on changes taking place in the crude 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

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

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