OPIS Mexico-U.S. Petroleum Summit

Continued opportunity amidst Mexico’s evolving energy reform

October 23-24, 2019

The Mexico-U.S. Petroleum Summit is the one fuel marketing conference you’ll want to attend this fall to help you spot the opportunities available in an evolving refined products market. You’ll get high level strategic thinking from expert analysts of Mexico and its oil industry, as well as fuel tax pros, plus on-the-ground successes and challenges from transportation and import firms on both sides of the border.

It has been an eventful first year for the presidency of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, including big and bold steps in the energy sphere. Uncertainties remain but so too do opportunities for the forward-thinking who have access to market intelligence and key contacts in Mexico and the U.S.

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This year’s key topics include:
  • Refining
  • Cross Border Importation/Exportation
  • Transportation/Logistics
  • Infrastructure development and updates
  • Tax and financial implications
  • Ethanol
  • Jet Fuel
  • Mexico’s retail landscape

Day 1: Wednesday, October 23, 2019

 

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Registration Open/Continental Breakfast

Sponsored by:
Cargill


9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Keynote Address: The Energy Reform and a New Government
Carlos Pascual, Senior VP, Global Energy, IHS Markit

Mr. Pascual, former U.S. Ambassador and previously the State Department’s top energy official will provide his high-level overview and perspective on how the energy reform is developing under the new administration, what changes have been implemented and what we can anticipate in the future.


10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
The Ongoing Issues Surrounding Product Theft
Marcial Diaz, Consultant, Lexoil

Fuel theft in Mexico continues to be a significant issue and in some areas is the backbone of a “shadow” economy. Learn the current state of this key disruptor, what steps are being taken to combat it both long and short term and how this may impact future supply/demand considerations.


11:15 a.m. – 11:45 p.m.
Refreshment Break

11:45 – 12:30 p.m.
The Changing Role of Ethanol in Mexico
Stephan Wittig, Ethanol Consultant, U.S. Grains Council

Ethanol is a significant part of the U.S. fuel slate and its adoption in Mexico is gaining significant traction. Hear one of the United State’s key associations discuss and analyze both the pluses and minuses of ethanol blending in fuels and how suppliers are planning on assisting the Mexico ethanol market with its growth and need for increased supply.


12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Key Taxation Issues for Fuel Importers and Exporters

Cross border taxation issues are complicated, time consuming and if done incorrectly, expensive and damaging. Join this recognized expert as he delves into the must understand issues including the IEPS tax, taxation responsibility on fuels imported from the U.S., liabilities and penalties and how to ensure that you’re in compliance on both side of the border.


1:15 – 2:45 p.m.
Networking Luncheon

Sponsored by:
Axxis


2:45 – 4:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion – Infrastructure Considerations and Challenges
Moderator: Marcial Diaz, Consultant, Lexoil
Senator Armando Guadiana Tijerino, Energy Commission for the Mexican Senate
Fernando Pereira, Managing Director, Hidrosur
Juancho Eekhout, Chief Development Officer, IENova

This dynamic panel focuses on the key issues and drivers that both importers and exporters must consider when deploying their resources. From permitting for storage to reserves, refinery utilization to pipelines, you’ll learn how current infrastructure considerations can impact your business and what the future holds as the need for capacity continues to grow.


4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion – Transportation, Logistics and The Realities of Cross-Border Commerce
Moderator: Adrian Calcaneo, Director, Latin America & the Caribbean NGL Lead, Midstream Oil & NGL, IHS Markit
Uriel Joffre Vega, Director General and CEO, Grupo Transportes
Maria Arguelles, Energy Business Manager, Ferromex
Luis Martinez, President, LM Transport

This dynamic panel focuses on the key issues and drivers that both importers and exporters must consider when deploying their resources. From permitting for storage to reserves, refinery utilization to pipelines, you’ll learn how current infrastructure considerations can impact your business and what the future holds as the need for capacity continues to grow.


5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Networking Reception

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Day 2: Thursday, October 24, 2019

 

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Registration Open/Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Day 2 Keynote: Capacity, Utilization and Sulfur – A Mexico Refining Outlook
Kent Williamson, Executive Director, Refining & Marketing, Latin America, IHS Markit
Felipe Perez, Downstream Strategist, IHS Markit

Join our experts as they focus on the refining industry in Mexico, how the current portfolio of six refineries are performing, current utilization and future production, the new IMO sulfur specifications and their impact and future expansion plans. This is the fact filled information and hard data you need to understand this key segment of the fuel supply chain inside Mexico.


10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
The Evolution of Mexico’s Retail Market
Shaun McRae, Department of Economics, ITAM

Mexico’s retail market for gasoline is changing in unprecedented fashion as the Pemex brand is now accompanied by numerous others – both large multinationals and smaller independents. Our industry expert will discuss the changes that have occurred to date, what impact they’re having to both consumers and suppliers and the additional changes that are on the horizon in both the near and long term.


10:45 – 11:15 a.m.
Refreshment Break

Sponsored by:


11:15  a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Panel Discussion – Increasing Supply to Meet Demand from Mexico’s Consumers
Moderator: Javier Cuellar, Consultant, Economic JC Consultant, SC/former Director of Refined Products, CRE
Ross Weisser, VP and Principal, 4J Energy, LLC
AnaSol Muñoz, Director, Business Development, Trafigura               

Fuel imports from the U.S. into Mexico continue to grow as demand increases, but challenges abound. Hear real word experiences, case studies and the true realities of importing fuel into Mexico from panelists who have and continue to import fuel on a consistent basis.


12:15 – 1:00 p.m.
Fueling the Sky: Mexico’s Jet Fuel Market
Ing. Mauricio Arellano, Fuel Director, ASA (Aeropuertos y Servicios Auxiliares)

65% of Mexico’s jet fuel is imported with 84% of that going to service the 10 major airports in Mexico. Demand is growing daily as new airlines and importers enter the picture. Hear from one of the first and largest importers of jet fuel into Mexico as they discuss market needs, infrastructure challenges and what the future holds for this fuel market – the sky is the limit!


1:00 p.m.
Conference Adjourns

Program subject to change or modification