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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 Argus Rio Crude Conference goes behind the headlines to bring you timely market information on how to navigate volatility and capitalize on Latin America’s growth opportunity.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Keynote: Mike Muller, VP Crude Trading & Supply, Shell Trading
  • Renato Bertani, Chief Executive Officer, Barra Energia, Brazil 
  • Alvaro Efrain Téllez Rangel, Mexican Energy Expert, Consultant, Former Director of CRE
  • José Maria de Novaes, CEO, Porto Central
  • Ann Rapheal, GM - Crude Oil Trading, Essar Oil Limited
  • Aakash Doshi, Director, Citi
  • Edson Nakagawa, Technical and Audit Director, PPSA
  • Christopher Louney, Commodity Strategist, RBC Capital Markets
  • Naomi Esfahani, Market Analysis & Research, Suncor Energy Marketing Inc.
  • Nathan Frisbee, Senior Analyst, Global Energy Economics, International Energy Agency
  • Felipe dos Santos, Equity Research Vice President, Latin America, JP Morgan
  • R. Sudhakara Rao, Executive Director of Refinery Finance, Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd.
  • Decio Oddone, Director of Projects Oil and Gas, Prumo Logística
  • Mauri Lappinen, Independent Consultant on Global Crude, Refining & Lubes
  • Adrian Lara, Senior Upstream Analyst - Americas, GlobalData Energy
  • Virendra Chauhan, Oil Analyst, Energy Aspects
  • Euan Craik, Chief Executive Officer Americas, Argus

 Why 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!


For more information or to be kept up to date regarding next year's event, please contact us.

Over 150 participants have joined the conference, from organizations such as:

ACP · ANP · APM Terminals · Barclays Capital · Barra Energia · BASF SA · BG Group · Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd · BHP Billiton Petroleum · Bloomberg News · BP · Brasil Energia · Braskem · Brazilship/Scanbrasil · Comercio Maritimo Ltda · Buckeye Partners · Bureau Veritas Group · Cape Tankers · Castleton Commodities · International · Cattalini Terminals · ChemChina UK · Chevron U.S.A. Inc. · Citgo Petroleum Corp. · CMA · Cosmo Oil of USA · Ecopetrol · ENAP · Energy Aspects · · ENI Trading & Shipping · EPE · Equion Energia Limited · Ernst & Young · ESAI Energy, LLC · FGV Energia · FIRJAN · GALP Energia, SA · Glencore · GlobalView · Goldman Sachs Brasil · Gunvor · Honeywell · HRT · Intertek · IPIRANGA · Lukoil · Lyondellbasell · Macae Offshore · Maersk Oil · Medanito · Mitsubishi Corp · Monitor Deloitte · Morgan Stanley · Negocios e Petroleo · Nexen Energy Marketing USA Inc. · NuStar Energy · O Globo · Odebrecht Oil & Gas · OGPar · OGX Petroleo · Oiltanking Terminals · Openlink · Pan America Energy LLC · Parex Resources Colombia Ltd. · PDVSA · Pemex · Petrobras · Petrochina International America Inc. · Petrogal Brasil S.A. · Petrotrin · Phillips 66 · Plains All American Pipeline · Ponderosa Advisors · Porto Central · PotenPlural · PPSA · Premier Oil · Prumo Logistica · Queiroz Galvao Oil & Gas · Reliance Industries Limited · Repsol Oil & Gas · Rystad Energy · Saudi Aramco · SEDEIS · Shell · Sinochem · Statoil · Talisman Energy · Terra Energias · Thomson Reuters · Tide Maritime · Total · Trafigura · Upstream · Valor Economico · Vitol · Vopak Brasil... and many more! 

Monday, May 9, 2016
Registration Opens
17:00 - 18:00
Registration and Opening Cocktail Reception
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
07:30 - 09:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
09:00 - 09:30

  • What are the opportunities for investing in Latin America? How are oil companies adapting to the new reality of low crude prices? What strategies are traders using to manage risk?
Mike Muller, VP Crude Trading & Supply, Shell Trading
09:30 - 10:45

Session 1: Global Oil Markets – Pricing, Trade Flows and Geopolitics 

  • Geopolitics relations: Opec’s strategy to defend market share over price seems to be working but a supply and demand balance still may be a long way off. What influence might Opec exercise on oil prices this year? What are the inner conflicts  among Opec’s members and between Opec and non-Opec producers? How is lifting of sanctions on Iran impacting crude markets? What is happening to oil production and demand within Saudi Arabia? How could ISIS and political instability in the Middle East impact supply? What other global forces could impact trade flows this year?
  • The new world oil market: What is the likely path to rebalancing the world oil market? What is the outlook for supply and demand for the 2016-2020 period under the current scenario of low prices? What might the future hold for unconventional crude production?
  • Pricing analysis: How are low prices and US shale production changing the way crude is priced in the US and Latin America?

Christopher Louney, Commodity Strategist, RBC Capital Markets
Nathan Frisbee, Senior Analyst, Global Energy Economics, International Energy Agency
Euan Craik, Chief Executive Officer, Americas, Argus

10:45 - 11:15
Coffee Break and Exhibits
11:15 - 12:15

Session 2: Brazil - Surviving Amid Lower Crude Prices and Political Changes

  • Independent producer's perspective: What challenges do Brazil's independent producers face and what are their strategies to overcome the hurdles brought by lower crude prices and regulatory changes?
  • Pre-salt contracts: What are the medium to long-term perspectives of the Brazilian pre-salt amid lower crude prices and increasing competition from other international oil plays?

Renato Bertani, Chief Executive Officer, Barra Energia, Brazil
Edson Nakagawa, Technical and Audit Director, PPSA

12:15 – 12:45

Case Study: Investment in Latin America in a Low Priced Environment 

  • Analysis of the reduction of investments (capex cuts) in the E&P sector 
  • Signals companies are using to make their long-term oil project investment decisions

Felipe dos Santos, Equity Research Vice President, Latin America, JP Morgan

12:45 - 14:30
14:30 - 16:30

Breakout Session: Latin American Logistics

  • Overview of existing infrastructure: What technologies are available to maximize efficiencies in the Southern cone?
  • Port development in Latin America and feasibility of new projects: How can port projects contribute to the success of doing business in the oil and gas industry? What role does a port play in the overall value chain and how can this be applied to Latin American logistics?
  • FPSO growth in Brazil: What are the plans for growth moving forward? How has the corruption scandal impacted new development?

Decio Oddone, Director of Projects Oil and Gas, Prumo Logística 
José Maria de Novaes
, Chief Executive Officer, Porto Central
Adrian Lara, Senior Upstream Analyst - Americas, GlobalData Energy
16:30 - 18:30 Cocktail Reception
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
07:30 - 09:00
Continental Breakfast and Exhibits 
09:00 - 11:15

Session 3: Latin America's Battle for Market Share 

  • Outlook for Latin American production: What are the production levels from major Latin American producing regions? What are their break-even costs and how are they positioned to operate in a low crude price environment?  What is the outlook on financial trade flow dynamics?
  • Implementation of the Mexican energy reform: Key stages and lessons learned 
  • Bidding rounds: What are the opportunities for foreign investment in Brazil's upstream sector?
  • North American heavy supply and demand: What is the outlook for Canadian heavy production and how does Canadian crude compete with Latin American barrels? What trends are we seeing in US refiner's crude demand and what are the opportunities for Latin American supply?

Aakash Doshi, Director, Citi 
Alvaro Efrain Téllez Rangel, Mexican Energy Expert, Consultant, Former Director of CRE
Helder Queiroz,
former ANP director and professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro’s Institute of Economics
Naomi Esfahani, Market Analysis & Research, Suncor Energy Marketing Inc.

11:15 - 11:45 Coffee Break and Exhibits
11:45 - 13:00

Session 4: Crude Demand and Outlook for Refined Products  

  • Latin American product demand: What is the potential for Latin America's refining sector and demand for Latin American crude?
  • India's demand potential: India's oil consumption is growing at its fastest rate in 10 years as the economy shows signs of a turnaround. The energy ministry has raised its oil demand growth forecast for the 2015-16 fiscal year to 31 March to almost 7 pc this year. India’s oil demand is expected to grow faster than that of any other country in the next 15 years. What are the opportunities for Latin American crude?
  • Challenges for Asian refiners: What are the challenges for meeting India's demand? What are the practical considerations and potential strategies for oil producers? What is Essar Oil's position for taking Latin American supply?
  • Chinese appetite for Latin American crude: How has the slowdown of China's economy impacted its crude demand? How might exports of US crude into China impact trade flows? How do Latin American barrels fit into China's supply plans?

Mauri LappinenIndependent Consultant on Global Crude, Refining & Lubes
R. Sudhakara Rao, Executive Director of Refinery Finance, Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd.
Ann Rapheal, GM - Crude Oil Trading, Essar Oil Limited 
Virendra Chauhan, Oil Analyst, Energy Aspects

 13:00 - 15:00
 Closing Lunch

2016 Speaker Faculty

Mike Muller, VP Crude Trading & Supply, Shell Trading
Keynote: Mike Muller, VP Crude Trading & Supply, Shell Trading

Michael Muller joined Shell 27 years ago after graduating from Cambridge University. He has served on the Global Leadership Team of Shell’s trading division since 1999. Better known to colleagues as Mike, he is the VP Crude Trading managing a business that handles more than 8 million barrels of crude per day. In this role, he oversees a global team of trading, supply and risk management professionals spread across 10 offices including major oil trading hubs such as Houston and London. In prior roles he managed the Atlantic Basin Crude Oil Trading and Supply business, Shell’s North Sea, Futures, Swaps and Options Trading business, and led Shell’s Global Chemical Feedstock Trading Business. In the 1990s he managed Shell’s Trading and Supply team in Melbourne and was then posted to Singapore to establish a cross-business development presence in South East Asia. Michael is based in London. He is married and has a daughter.

Renato Bertani, Chief Executive Officer, Barra Energia, Brazil
Renato Bertani,
Chief Executive Officer, Barra Energia, Brazil 

Renato T. Bertani holds B. Sci degree in Geology from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, and a PH. D. in Sedimentary Geology and Geochemistry from the University of Illinois, USA. He has over 35 years of international experience in exploration and production projects, acquisitions and divestments in several Latin American countries, , West Africa, UK, and the USA Gulf of Mexico.
Mr. Bertani took over as the CEO of Barra Energia, a new E&P company with focus in oil and gas industry of Brazil in May 2010 and has since then developed the company’s strategy, assembled a team of high quality and experienced industry professionals and implemented a very successful business plan.

He previously served for 31 years in various technical and high level managerial positions with Petrobras, the Brazilian state oil company. Among such positions were President of Petrobras America, Inc., a subsidiary of the Brazilian state company based in Houston, Managing Director of Petrobras UK and Director of International E&P activities for the Petrobras Group.

In December of 2011 Mr. Bertani was elected President of the World Petroleum Council, an organization that congregates 65 member countries whose main objectives are to promote the development of oil and gas resources to the benefit of mankind and promote the debate of the global energy issues. He previously served as Vice President of the WPC since 2005 and was responsible for the technical program for the World Petroleum Congresses that took place in Doha, Qatar, in 2011, and Madrid, Spain, in 2008. He serves in the advisory board of the Maguire Energy Institute of the Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. He served as a trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts of Houston from 2003 to 2006, as President of the Brazil Texas Chamber of Commerce from 2002 to 2007, and as Director of the Brazilian Petroleum Institute from 1995 to 1997.
Alvaro Efrain Téllez Rangel, Mexican Energy Expert, Consultant, Former Director of CRE
Alvaro Efrain Téllez Rangel
, Mexican Energy Expert, Consultant, Former Director of CRE

Efrain Tellez holds a degree in Actuarial Science and also a Master Degree in Economics. His main professional career has been developed at the energy sector for more than 19 years. He is a specialist in industrial organization, economic regulation of monopolies, markets and competition promotion in the energy sector. Until April, 2016, he was Head of the Regulation Unit at the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) in Mexico. Among other activities, he was in charge of designing the economic regulatory framework and coordinate the CRE’s participation in the development of public policy in the energy sector; also provided advisory in economic and regulatory matters to the President, Commissioners, and other main Divisions at the CRE. Currently he is independent consultant in infrastructure development, markets and regulation in Mexico.
Jose Maria de Novaes, CEO, Porto Central
José Maria de Novaes,
CEO, Porto Central

Jose Maria was born in Cachoeiro do Itapemirim, in the South of the State of Espirito Santo. After obtaining his Civil Engineering and Economy Degrees from the Federal University of Espirito Santo, in Vitoria, he joined giant mining and logistics company Vale in 1986.

His 18 year career in Vale led him to work in several areas including Pelletizing, Ports and the Procurement Department. After leaving Vale in 2003, he became a partner and Director in the metal mechanic factory and assembly company METALMEC - Consórcio Metal-Mecânico do Espírito Santo, which was one of the local suppliers to Vale, ArcelorMittal and Petrobras.

In 2011 he started the project to build a Maritime Terminal in Presidente Kennedy. In 2014 the Port of Rotterdam joined the project as a shareholder, transforming the project into a worldclass multipurpose deep-water port project, Porto Central.
Ann Rapheal, GM - Crude Oil Trading, Essar Oil Limited
Ann Rapheal,
GM - Crude Oil Trading, Essar Oil Limited  

Ann Rapheal is a post graduate in Marketing Management with over 15years experience - mainly in the Petroleum Industry. She leads the crude oil purchase and optimization function for the Essar Oil Limited refinery in India. She has been instrumental in optimizing the crude slate for the refinery, thereby ensuring among the best refinery margins among the industry.

Essar is India’s second largest private sector oil refinery with a capacity of 405 KBPSD. Essar Group is an Indian multinational conglomerate with investments in the sectors of steel, energy, infrastructure and services. With operations in more than 25 countries, Essar employs over 60,000 people and has aggregate revenues of around $35 billion.
Aakash Doshi, Director, Citi  

Aakash Doshi is a commodities strategist for Citi Research in New York. As part of the global commodity research team, he focuses on macro commodities strategy, investor trading flows, energy and agriculture sectors. He is regularly cited for commentary or interviewed on television and in print media such as Bloomberg, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal and CNBC. Prior to joining Citi, Aakash was a special situations analyst at a New York and London-based credit hedge fund, credit derivatives trader at UBS Investment Bank and in asset management sales at Alliance-Bernstein. Aakash has a master’s degree in international finance from Columbia University and began his career on the shortterm interest rate trading desk for GMAC. He enjoys skiing, travel and cooking.
Edson Nakagawa, Technical and Audit Director, PPSA
Edson Nakagawa,
Technical and Audit Director, PPSA

Edson Nakagawa has been PPSA´s (Pré-sal Petróleo S.A.) technical and audit director, since its establishment in November 2013. PSSA is a State organization in charge of managing the pre-salt production sharing agreements in Brazil and the commercialization of the State´s oil and gas. In addition, PPSA represents the State in unitization agreements in the pre-salt area. Previously, Edson worked for Petrobras (1980-2000), mostly in the development of deepwater technologies and for the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO, 2000-2012), having reached the position of director of the petroleum and geothermal research portfolio. Finally, he joined General Electric Global Research Center (2012-13) as the director of subsea technologies development.
Edson has BSc in Civil Engineering (EEP, São Paulo), MSc (UFOP, Minas Gerais) and PhD in Petroleum Engineering (LSU, Louisiana).
Christopher Louney, Commodity Strategist, RBC Capital Markets
Christopher Louney,
Commodity Strategist, RBC Capital Markets 

Working on our Commodity Strategy team, Christopher is responsible for both energy and metals coverage as well as crosscommodity investment flows analysis. Prior to joining RBC Capital Markets, he worked at Barclays on the Commodities Research team where he was a lead analyst covering natural gas and precious metals, in addition to commodity investment flows. Christopher graduated with a BA from Cornell University where he double‐majored in Economics and China and Asia Pacific Studies. He is frequently quoted in top news media (including but not limited to Bloomberg, Financial Times, CNBC, Reuters, etc.) and has appeared on television networks such as BNN. He is currently a candidate in the CFA program.

 Helder Queiroz, former ANP director and professor at the Federal University, Rio de Janeiro’s Institute of Economics

Dr. Helder Queiroz Pinto Junior is an economist and has a Master of Sciences degree in Energy Planning (COPPE/Federal University of Rio de Janeiro). After his M. SC degree he worked two years in Eletrobras on National Energy Efficiency Program (1986-1988). He did his PhD in Energy Economics at Université de Grenoble, France (1989-1993). Since 1994, he has been a Professor and a Research Economist with the Energy Economics Group, Institute of Economics, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He was Research Director at Institute of Economics between 2002 and 2003. Between 1998 and 2000, he was also an advisor to the President of National Petroleum Agency (ANP).   He was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Oxford (January-October 2001). Between 2003 and 2007 he participated annually as a Professor in the Energy Regulation Course promoted by the University of Sherbrooke/Montreal. In 2010 he was indicated as Academic Chair of 33rd International Association of Energy Economists (IAEE) Conference, held in June 2010 in  Rio de Janeiro. Between June 2011 and June 2015, he served as Director of ANP (National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels) . During this period, he was also member of  “CMSE – Comitê de Monitoramento do Setor Elétrico” coordinated by the Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME).


Naomi Esfahani, Market Analysis & Research, Suncor Energy Marketing Inc.
Naomi Esfahani,
Market Analysis & Research, Suncor Energy Marketing Inc. 

Naomi Esfahani is a global crude oil markets analyst with Suncor Energy based in Calgary, Canada, and is responsible for providing short and long term crude oil markets outlook. She is also a regional director of Professional Risk Managers International Association (PRMIA).

Naomi started her career as an engineer at Schlumberger Technology Center based in Tokyo and was involved in development projects with oilfields application particularly in wireline and drilling and measurement services. Prior to joining Suncor, she was a risk analyst at BP’s Integrated Supply and Trading Group, and her responsibilities included market risk oversight and credit risk projects. Naomi has also worked as a SAS Analytics consultant with primary focus of developing advanced analytics for market and credit risk and front office applications.

Naomi holds a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in Robotics and Automation Engineering from Tohoku University (Japan), a Master of Mathematical Finance and a PhD in Operations Research from the University of Southern California (USA).
Nathan Frisbee, Senior Analyst, Global Energy Economics, International Energy Agency
Nathan Frisbee,
Senior Analyst, Global Energy Economics, International Energy Agency 

Nathan Frisbee is an oil and gas analyst at the International Energy Agency in Paris, France. He earned a degree in Civil Engineering at Loyola Marymount University in California, and has 20 years of experience in the Exploration and Production sector with Schlumberger. Nathan’s responsibilities at the IEA include North America oil supply analysis, upstream investment and coverage of focus countries for the World Energy Outlook publication.
Felipe dos Santos, Equity Research Vice President, Latin America, JP Morgan

Felipe Santos joined the research team of J.P. Morgan in São Paulo in 2010, and is covering Latin American Oil, Gas, Petrochemical and Services companies since then. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Felipe worked at Raymond James, covering O&G companies for 6 years having worked at Unibanco, Santander and PricewaterhouseCoopers in São Paulo. Felipe holds a degree in Accountancy from Catholic University, São Paulo, with a Master’s degree in Macroeconomics and in Finance from IBMEC in São Paulo.

R. Sudhakara Rao, Executive Director of Refinery Finance, Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd. 

Sudhakara Rao R has got extensive knowledge in all Functions of Oil Company including Exploration, Product Sharing Contracts, Crude Transportation, Refining, Supply Chain Management, Marketing, Sales Force Management, Marketing
Discipline, Marketing Strategy Planning, Brand Building, Team Building, Enterprise Resource Planning, Logistics, Contracts, Financial Management, Audit, Risk Management, Product Pricing, APM, and Commercial Aspects of Business
Management in Oil Industry. Having worked long time in Consumer sales has good knowledge of businesses related to infrastructure, Power Plants, Automotives, Environmental legislations, bunkering contracts, shipping. Also got in-depth
knowledge of crude oil selection, procurement, back-casting, supply management etc, International crude and products dynamics. He made presentations in various national and international forums on subjects related to oil industry especially in the areas of crude procurement and lubricating oil business.

Decio Oddone, Director of Projects Oil and Gas, Prumo Logística
Decio Oddone,
Director of Projects Oil and Gas, Prumo Logística 

Décio Oddone is Prumo’s O&G Project Director. Graduated in Electrical Engineering from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, with a postgraduate degree in Petroleum Engineering from Petrobras, he attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in the United States, as well as the Advanced Management Program at INSEAD in France. He built his career at Petrobras where he worked for 30 years occupying several executive positions in Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina, Angola and Libya. He was CEO of Petrobras Bolivia between 1999 and 2004, when he led the deployment of the infrastructure to export gas to Brazil through Gasbol (Bolivia-Brazil). After his move to Rio de Janeiro in 2004, he was responsible for Petrobras operations in Latin America and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Petrobras Energia SA and subsidiaries of Petrobras in Bolivia, Uruguay, Paraguay, Peru, Chile and Spain. In 2008, he was appointed CEO of Petrobras Energia SA. From 2010 until recently was Vice President of Braskem.
Mauri Lappinen, Advisor on Global Crude, Refining & Lubes

Mauri Lappinen, Independent Consultant on Global Crude, Refining & Lubes

Mauri has 35 years with Exxon, mostly in international operations with Esso Eastern (Houston, TX) and Exxon Company International (Florham Park, NJ), including Refinery Technical Manager and Operations Manager in Thailand, South East Asia Crude Supply Coordinator, Operations Coordinator for 31 manufacturing plants in Exxon's international lubes marketing division, Operations Coordinator for Exxon's Singapore based oil tanker/shipping operations. More recently, Mauri had 8 years of experience as a consultant to the US Dept of Energy, managing a business/technical support contract for the Office of Oil and Gas. Mauri gained his degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware.
Adrian Lara, Senior Upstream Analyst - Americas, GlobalData Energy
Adrian Lara,
Senior Upstream Analyst - Americas, GlobalData Energy 

Adrian directs GlobalData’s upstream team in charge of conducting quantitative and qualitative research for oil and gas activity in the Americas region. His team monitors the key producing and planned assets in the region and oversees the methodology for specific asset valuations including forecasting assumptions in production and capital expenditure. Adrian has several years of experience as an oil and gas industry analyst, having held different positions within the trading arm of Mexican state-owned company Pemex, where he focused on analysis of oil and gas fundamentals in the context of upstream exporting strategies and international trading. Adrian was also a visiting research fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies in Oxford, UK, where his research focused on oil supply scenarios in the Western Hemisphere. He has a Master of Science in Mineral and Energy Economics from the Colorado School of Mines, with a specialization in oil and gas from the Institut Français du Pétrole. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).
Virendra Chauhan, Oil Analyst, Energy Aspects
Virendra Chauhan,
Oil Analyst, Energy Aspects

Virendra’s work at Energy Aspects focuses on global crude supply and demand fundamentals, with a particular emphasis on regional balances, trade flows and benchmarks. His specialism is upstream and shale. He examines the impact of US shale on oil markets producing analysis that is regularly referenced by leading media outlets. His research covers specialist areas such as the economics of global crude production. After starting out as an analyst in London, Virendra moved to Singapore in September 2015 to help establish an Asia office with a focus on developments in the Asian crude markets. Virendra’s approach is to apply data-rich analysis to broader market developments.
Euan Craik, Chief Executive Officer Americas, Argus
Euan Craik,
Chief Executive Officer Americas, Argus 

Euan Craik is chief executive of Argus Media Inc. in Houston and serves on the Board of Directors of Argus Media Ltd. Since 2006, Euan has led the Argus management team in the Americas, expanding the reach of offices and breadth of services. He joined Argus in 1996, initially as a specialist on the Russian oil and gas industries. From 2000, Euan served as Argus’ Executive Editor, based in London, where he developed Argus’ LNG coverage and other areas of the global gas and power portfolio. In the early nineties, Euan worked in business journalism in Moscow, initially at the first post-Soviet business newspaper, Kommersant, then at the English-language Moscow Times. He was later awarded a fellowship at the Centre for Economic Performance of the London School of Economics.

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AmCham BrasilThe American Chamber of Commerce of Rio de Janeiro (AmCham Rio), which represents the largest multisectorial group of companies of different nationalities in Rio de Janeiro, is dedicated to economic growth and the generation of business opportunities, investment and employment in Brazil through the development of trade relations between the country and its major international partners, including the United States.

AmCham Rio is dedicated to improving the business environment, representing the interests of its members at all levels within the public and private spheres, promoting high-level networking and strengthening the bilateral commercial relations between Brazil and the United States. Founded on April 16, 1916, is also the oldest chamber of commerce in Latin America celebrating 100 years of history.
The chamber is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America and the Caribbean (AACCLA), which joins 24+ amchams and more than twenty thousand companies of the region.

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ANPThe Brazilian National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels is the regulating organization for the activities within the oil, natural gas and biofuels industry in Brazil. The federal agency, which reports to the Ministry of Mines and Energy, runs the national policy for the sector, focusing on the assurance of fuel supply and the interests of consumers.

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FGV Energy The Foundation Getulio Vargas (FGV), recognised throughout the country for its performance in the areas of economics, managements, law, social sciences and mathematics, now offers, through FGV Energia, various studies and research in this important sector.

FGV Energia focuses on studying the energy sector with an emphasis on seven large areas (petroleum, natural gas, electrical energy, nuclear, biofuels, renewable resources and energy efficiency) to assist in the decision making of private companies and government agencies. We will serve as a focal point for the production of energy knowledge both for the government and private sector.

FGV Energy intends to position FGV as the main protagonist in energy research analysis and discussion in the country, supporting the development of public policies with a geopolitical and sustainable vision and contributing to FGV being internationally recognized as one of the world’s best energy sector Think Tanks. 

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FirjanSistema FIRJAN has the role of ensuring sustainable development of the industry of the Rio de Janeiro state, promoting business competiveness, innovation, technological development, qualification and worker's quality of life. Sistema FIRJAN also delivers qualified information for your company and assists global investors in their regional projects.

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MME BrasilThe Ministry of Mines and Energy is a government department that represents the Union as grantor to develop public policy, as well as to introduce and supervise the implementation of these policies in the following segments: geology, mineral and energy resources; use of hydraulic energy; mining and metallurgy; oil, fuel and electricity, and renewable sources, such as biofuels, wind and solar power. The Ministry also ensures the balance between supply and demand of energy resources in Brazil.

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ONIPONIP-The Brazilian National Organization of the Petroleum Industry is a civil association whose objective is to bring together, in one single articulation and co-operation forum, the main players involved in the exploration, production, processing, transportation and distribution of oil and natural gas in Brazil: Representatives from the oil companies and from the companies that comprise the entire range of goods and services supply industry, in addition to federal bodies and state governments.

Company Mission: To contribute to the increase of competitiveness and sustainability of the Brazilian industry, to the maximization of local content, in support of new jobs an income in Brazil.

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SEDEISThe State Secretariat of Economic Development, Energy, Industry and Services is an arm of the State Government to support your business. Its technical staff and its related companies - Codin, AgeRio, Junta Comercial, DRM and IPEM – have knowledge about the dynamics of the Rio de Janeiro State economy and its various sectors. They are qualified to advice you in all stages of your investment. 

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Media Partners

TN petroleoKnowledge and information is everything!

TN Petróleo has 17 years of experience and knowledge in the Brazilian Oil, Gas and alternative energies. TN Petróleo magazine is the undisputed, leading news and information source for Brazil’s bustling energy market. No other publication in or out of Brazil has the technological and business analysis to meet the demands of the energy sector.
TN Petróleo Magazine has become natural forum of the great questions related to the sector.

Whoever does not want to lose the next chapters of this story has nine good reason to read TN Petróleo: Dedication to our readers; Precise and detailed information; Focus on new technology; Follow-up of oil and gas industry business; Dedication to the industry players; Support to small and medium companies; Support for knowledge sharing; Belief in the sustainable development of the nation.

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WorldOilsWorldoils is a company that combines the power of marketing as well as the in-house expertise for the Oil, Gas, Offshore and the Maritime industries.

Worldoils' web portal has become a truly central platform for visitors who need information regarding oil and gas products and services, research, training, conferences, news and events as well as a popular advertising base for providers of Oil, Gas, Marine and Offshore services. 

Worldoils has also launched the jobs system and a marketplace. In the recent months, Worldoils has strengthened its position as a fast developing central place for buying and selling of land rigs, offshore rigs, barge rigs and other oilfield and subsea equipment.

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The Argus Rio Crude Conference provides an unparalleled platform to leverage your brand. This event is where hundreds of decision-makers meet to exchange ideas, do business and plan for the year ahead. Argus will customize the most effective package to meet your business objectives. A wide range of sponsorship and exhibitor packages are available for your budgets to deliver the highest return on your investment available at any industry conference. 

  • Be recognized in front of stakeholders, meet new customers and get deals done.
  • Customize and secure your package today
  • Sponsorship opportunities

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Platinum Sponsor

Shell 100Shell Trading is one of the largest energy trading operations in the world, with a global network of more than 15 companies. With trading volumes of about 13 million barrels of oil equivalent per day, the organization has the skill base and international scope to capitalize on trading opportunities inherent in Shell’s asset and market positions around the world. On the crude oil side, we manage the global movement of over 8 million barrels per day.

Gold Sponsor

PetrobrasWe are a publicly traded corporation, the majority stockholder of which is the Federal Government (represented by the National Treasury), and we perform as an integrated energy company in the following sectors: exploration and production, refining, marketing, transportation, petrochemicals, oil product distribution, natural gas, electricity, chemical gas, and biofuels.

A leader in the Brazilian oil industry, we have expanded our operations aiming to be among the top five integrated energy companies in the world by 2030. We have a presence in 17 countries.

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Silver Sponsors

PrumoPrumo is a multi-business company that provides infrastructure solutions for the energy and O&G industry. Strategically located 150 km away from the Campos Basin, Açu Port started its operations in the end of 2014 and provide services with excellence and security for world leaders companies in their industries, as BP, NOV, Technip, Edison Chouest, Petrobras and Wärtsilä.

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Thomson ReutersThomson Reuters are the leading source of intelligent information for the world’s businesses and professionals, providing customers with competitive advantage. Intelligent information is a unique synthesis of human intelligence, industry expertise and innovative technology that provides decision-makers with the knowledge to act, enabling them to make better decisions faster. We deliver this must-have insight to the financial and risk, legal, tax and accounting, intellectual property and science and media markets, powered by the world’s most trusted news organization.

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Bronze Sponsor

Porto CentralPorto Central is an International Project developed by TPK Logística S/A, a Brazilian company, and the Port of Rotterdam, the largest industrial port of Europe. Porto Central is a major greenfield port development, strategically located in the industrial heartland of Brazil, in the South of Espírito Santo State and will serve as a multi-purpose port for several industries, such as oil & gas, agribulk, offshore supply, container, general cargo, shipyard and others. Porto Central will bring world-class standards and logistics efficiency to the Brazilian market.

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GlobalViewGlobalView is a leading provider of innovative energy and commodity market data solutions. Unique in its ability to integrate real-time, historical and customer proprietary data, GlobalView has helped global organizations reduce costs and improve trading results. GlobalView provides solutions for front to back offices and offers one of the only SaaS-based solutions in the market, delivering unprecedented levels of portability and accessibility.

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IIR Energy’s PetroCast Live provides clients with capacity and turnaround information for 80% of the world’s oil refineries. Users are provided real-time updates for all major global downstream refinery units, including: Crude Distillation Units (CDUs), Fluid Catalytic Cracking Units (FCCUs), Alkylation Units, Reformers, Cokers, Hydrotreaters and all other primary and secondary units within the refining process, including coverage of ethylene production units.

Installed Base,
Turnarounds & Future
Capacity sum up
supply balance.

Market intelligence of these units helps participants in the oil, gasoline, diesel and residual fuel trading and marketing sectors make better decisions, leading to increased savings and bigger profits. Actionable information and a clear understanding of supply fundamentals help users monetize their assets and positions in the petroleum markets.
PetroCast Live combines the current details for all planned and unplanned turnarounds with information on all new capacity, de-rates, capital projects, crude slates, capacity reductions and product yields in multiple views, helping traders and analysts predict the impact of physical operating conditions on the price of crude and refined products.
PetroCast Live makes understanding the past, current, and future markets easier to quantify and predict by delivering the full supply picture with the most accurate detail in an easy-to-use environment.
Information is delivered through:

• IIR’s proprietary online database
• Email delivery of turnaround alerts following discovery and research
• Daily and weekly reports that show offline capacity
• Customized Excel tools
• Interaction with IIR’s research staff by email, phone or instant message

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Rio de Janeiro, CEP 22070-002

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Sponsorship Opportunities: 

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(Outside Brazil)

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Speaking Opportunities:

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All inquiries:

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Simultaneous translation

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


Gold Sponsor


Silver Sponsors


Thomson Reuters

Bronze Sponsor

Porto Central


AmCham Brasil


FGV Energy




Supporting Partners

Cámara Boliviana de Hidrocarburos y Energía (CBHE)

  TN petroleo

Voices of Leaders

World Oils 150