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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.

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Confirmed Speakers:

  • Mike Muller, VP Crude Trading & Supply, Shell
  • Guilherme França, Executive Manager, Petrobras
  • Chris Main, Energy Strategist, Citi
  • Robert Campbell, Head of Oil Research, Energy Aspects
  • Niels Ibarra, Crude Oil Supervisor, Petroperú
  • Kjetil Solbraekke, Senior Vice President South America, Rystad Energy
  • Francisco Salazar, Founding Partner, ENIX
  • Nelson Tanure Jr, Director of Projects, PetroRio
  • Mary Esterman, Director, Medanito
  • Max Torres, VP Exploration, Ecopetrol
  • Peter Keavey, Managing Director and Global Head of Crude and Refined Energy Products, CME Group
  • Fidel Farías, Energy Market Consultant, PDVSA
  • Felipe Mello, General Manager of Investor Relations, Açu Petróleo
  • Roland van Assche, Commercial Director, Port of Rotterdam International
  • Eduardo Lopez, Executive Director, EY
  • Felipe Diniz, Director, Deloitte
  • Danielle Valois, Partner, Trench Rossi Advogados
  • Chandra Dev Singh, Chief Executive OfficeBharat Petroleum 
  • Jaime Brito, VP Pricing and Market Strategies, Argus

Argus Rio Crude Conference today:

Who attends

 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!


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Speaking Opportunities:

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Over 200 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! 

Registration Pricing
Pre-registration (until March 17) Expired
Early registration (March 18-April 21) Expired
Standard registration (after April 21)

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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 and accommodation 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 Rio Crude Conference is to provide a high-level update on changes taking place in the crude market including supply/demand fundamentals, 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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Monday, May 22
16:00 - 18:00
Registration Desk
18:00 - 20:00 Opening Cocktail Reception
Tuesday, May 23
07:30 - 09:00 Registration and Continental Breakfast
09:00 - 09:30
Keynote Session: New Economics of Oil

Mike Muller, VP Crude Trading & Supply, Shell
09:30 - 10:45

Session 1: The Path Forward

  • Geopolitics dynamics: What has happened since the decline in crude prices that started in 2014?  How could Isis, piracy and government instability create supply disruptions? How could the lifting of sanctions on Iran impact crude markets? What is happening to oil production and demand within Saudi Arabia and to the kingdom’s relations within the Mideast Gulf and the wider Middle East? Opec-Russia dynamics: A review of the cartel’s market and price strategy versus Russia’s expected actions. What other global forces could impact trade flows? Will Opec succeed in cutting back production? Will Russia’s output finally start declining? Can offshore crude compete with US shale and Opec? What are the forces impacting oil prices and market volatility?
  • United States - The new political landscape: What will change in the country’s crude scenario under President Donald Trump?  What does this mean for crude production? What will be the role of US shale oil under the new administration? How has shale reacted to lower oil prices and how will producers finance new wells?
  • Global supply and demand overview: An analysis of the global crude supply and demand balance. How is the reduction of investments in crude exploration and production amid falling oil prices impacting the industry? What are the key drivers on which oil companies are using to base their long-term projects, and how do they make their investment decisions under the current price environment?

Robert Campbell, Head of Oil Research, Energy Aspects
Chris Main, Energy Specialist, Citi
Kjetjil Solbraekke, Senior Vice President South America, Rystad Energy

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

Session 2: Exploring Latin America Supply: A review of regional production levels and current political issues

  • Competitive context for Latin American crude producers: What are the main developments impacting crude markets especially in Latin America? An overview of the OPEC/non-OPEC developments that are reshaping crude markets in this region and beyond. How will Latin American crudes fare in the battle for global market share? How has the lower-price environment affected regional production and how will traditional customers be impacted by that? How are Latin American producers dealing with global oversupply? What are the best options for pricing exports?

Jaime Brito, VP Pricing and Market Strategies, Argus

12:15 – 13:15

Session 3: Panel Discussion – Spanish Speaking Latin America: An interactive discussion with representatives from key producing countries on the opportunities, investments and challenges facing the region

João Clark,
President, Ecopetrol Brazil
Mary Esterman,
Director, Medanito
Fidel Farías
, Energy Market Consultant, PDVSA

13:15 - 15:30
15:30 - 16:30

Breakout Session: Panel Discussion – Latin American Logistics

  • Oil transportation logistics and cost reduction opportunities
  • Infrastructure
  • Regulations
  • Existing/potential locations
  • Main players
  • Ship transport and freight
  • Technology

Roland van Assche, Commercial Director, Port of Rotterdam International
Richard Wilson, 
Director, Fendercare

16:30 - 17:30 Private Meetings, Networking Break and Exhibits
17:30 - 19:30 Networking Reception and Exhibits
Wednesday, May 24
07:30 - 09:00
Continental Breakfast and Exhibits 
09:00 - 10:15

Session 4: Brazil: Remaining competitive amid lower prices, increasing competition and political changes

  • Petrobras: An overview of production plans for 2022 and the challenges of placing medium and heavy crudes amid a scenario of lower prices. How have the recent changes in the global supply and demand scenario and geopolitics impacted trading flows for Brazilian crudes?What are the prospects for the pre-salt play amid the current scenario of lower prices and how can Brazilian crude better compete internationally amid a scenario of global oversupply?
  • Regulatory framework: A review of the most recent changes in regulation and their impact on current production and future investments in the country’s E&P sector.
  • Local producer’s perspective: What is the strategy of junior companies operating in Brazil to market their crude? What are the opportunities and challenges they see in the Brazilian crude market?

Guilherme França, Executive Manager, Petrobras
Blener Mayhew, CFO, PetroRio

10:15 - 10:45 Coffee Break and Exhibits
10:45 - 12:00
Session 5: Crude in a World of Changes - What Promising Projects Will Lead The Future? 
  • Mexico's energy reform: What are the drivers behind Mexico’s energy reform? What are the challenges involved and what are the industry and the government hoping for? Why is this a good opportunity for investment? What other considerations should market participant’s factor in when doing business and/or competing with Mexico?
  • RefinersHow are refiners evaluating opportunities in the market? What is their commitment to pipeline, rail and marine? What investment decisions are refiners making in the midstream to capture value?
  • - World: What are refining margins going to look like around the world: an overview of refined products demand by region
Francisco Salazar,
Founding Partner, ENIX
Chandra Dev Singh
, Chief Executive Office, Bharat Petroleum 
 12:00 - 13:20 Session 6: Closing Panel Session: What’s Next for Latin American Crude?
Features perspectives from an analyst, a producer, an investment banker and others on the future of the industry in the region
  • Politics of oil
  • Trading flows
  • Infrastructure projects and developments
  • Strategies for survival

Peter Keavey, Managing Director and Global Head of Crude and Refined Energy Products, CME Group
Eduardo Lopez,
Executive Director, EY
Danielle Valois,
Partner, Trench Rossi Advogados 
Felipe Diniz,
Director, Deloitte

 13:20 - 15:30 Closing Lunch
 15:30 - 16:30 Forum: How Argus Assesses Crude Prices in the Americas

  • Assessment guidelines
  • Explanation of Argus volume-weighted average
  • Volume minimums and transaction data thresholds
  • How does Argus obtain and share transactional data?
  • How does Argus price crudes in illiquid markets?
  • Correction guidelines
Gustavo Vasquez, Americas Crude Editor, Argus

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Latin America Crude Markets Infographic

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Find out what they told us!

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