1.- The global outlook for oil and gas:
towards a new market balance.

According to the IEA, the oil market will strike a new balance towards the end of 2016, without taking into consideration increased output from Iran.

On the demand side, prices are being affected by a number of factors: the structure of car sales in the US has changed, with an upswing in SUV purchases that could exert upward pressure on prices; furthermore, the latest projections suggest a gradual recovery by the world economy.

On the supply side, inventory levels remain high. Drops in the number of active platforms in the US and decreased output have put pressure on prices.

It is important to understand how all these factors, together with others, will shape the outlook for oil and gas worldwide.

2.- Environmental challenges for the energy sector.

The agreements reached at the COP 21 in Paris – namely limiting the global temperature rise to 2ºC above preindustrial levels, and achieving a zero balance in emissions by the middle of the Twenty-First Century – oblige countries to adopt new energy policies, and companies to seek out new investment options, as well as setting challenges for the global energy sector.

3.- Development of the electricity market in Mexico.

Two years after the launching of operations, which markets have started working and what are their initial results? What are the next steps and which opportunities are emerging?

4.- Technological changes in E&P

Low crude oil prices have prompted companies to migrate towards technologies that enable them to cut costs and make the most of their resources in exploration and extraction activities.

5.- Impact of global geopolitical events
on energy markets.

World geopolitical events affect the energy markets. The most relevant ones include: the lifting of sanctions against Iran, which is likely to increase the short and medium-term supply of crude oil (by up to 1.4 million barrels a day towards the end of 2016); conflicts in Nigeria that cause monthly fluctuations in crude oil production; the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union (Brexit), which has triggered uncertainty in the financial markets and will hit international trade, including energy; and the energy policy of the new US administration, which will be a decisive factor for North America as an energy-producing region and for the energy panorama worldwide.

6.- Financing of energy projects in Mexico:
opportunities in a low-price context.

The financing of energy projects is crucial in view of the opportunities that continue to emerge following the sector’s opening to private investment in Mexico. It is also especially important to be aware of investment strategies in a context of low prices.

7.- Outlook for energy in North America.

Mexico is located in a region in which energy sources are highly available. It is crucial to understand how energy-related dynamics between the three countries have evolved and what lies in store in the future.

8.- Downstream in Mexico: retail
and transportation of oil products.

There are now opportunities for the private sector to participate in the trading and selling of fuel in Mexico. It is important to know where opportunities are arising, who the key players are, what the relevant regulations are and what the prevailing market conditions will be.

9.- Technological changes in renewables.

Prices for generating electricity from renewable sources have dropped constantly, mainly as a result of technological breakthroughs. How have these breakthroughs taken place? Which technologies have become more efficient? Where are we heading with these breakthroughs? Of particular importance is innovation in solar energy technologies.

10.- Financial transmission rights
and bilateral contracts in the Mexican electricity market.

Both constitute markets set to launch operations. There are doubts as to whether financial rights can fulfill the role of providing coverage in the future electricity market that will be crucial. It is necessary to understand them.

11.- Global natural gas market.

Natural gas is playing an increasingly important role in the economic growth of the world’s economic powerhouses: Japan, Europe, North America, South Korea, India and China. Domestic and international environmental policies are defining the extent to which natural gas might become the best alternative for generating energy from clean sources. Policy in the field of energy security is prompting nations to diversify their energy sources, and gas is regarded as the best option for replacing other fossil fuels. Additionally, countries have developed infrastructure for marketing gas, which intensifies the relationship between world economic conditions and demand for gas. On the demand side, capacity has grown and prices remain low.

12.- Key developments in midstream.

Understanding regulations and conditions in Mexico’s gas transportation market.

January 31 to February 2, 2017.
Centro Citibanamex, Mexico City.

Congress hours: 9:00 to 18:00 hrs.
Exhibition hours: 12:00 to 19:00 hrs.