Meet Senior Decision Makers From:

  • Global Oil & Gas Investors
  • Key Government Bodies
  • Colombian E&P Companies
  • Argentinian E&P Companies
  • US E&P Companies
  • Brazilian E&P Companies
  • Mexican E&P Companies
  • Peruvian E&P Companies
  • Ecuadorian E&P Companies
  • Chilean E&P Companies
  • Uruguayan E&P Companies
  • Bolivian E&P Companies

With The Following Job Titles:

  • Exploration
  • New Ventures
  • Unconventionals
  • Geosciences
  • Geology
  • Oil and Gas Investors
  • Petrophysics
  • Reservoir Engineering
  • Business Development
  • New Business Options
  • Operations
  • Completions


  • Petrophysical Vendors
  • Data Hydrocarbon
  • Products & Services
  • Geochemical Data Companies
  • Well Data Companies
  • Geology Mapping Companies

Emerging Plays Latin America 2014: Driving Forward The Development Of Unconventional Resources

Some of the largest and most prolific shale reserves in the world are found in Latin America and new shale reserves being discovered are now rapidly revolutionizing the energy landscape in key countries such as Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador, Uruguay, Chile and Perú. The startling truth however is that many of Latin America's richest reservoirs are not only poorly understood globally, but in some cases, not even yet known about beyond a relatively small group of area-specific E&P companies and investors.

According to a report revealed by the United States' Energy Information Administration, Mexico has now been ranked fourth in number of shale gas reserves globally with estimates being driven by the newly discovered Chicuantepec and Burgos. Argentina, with its less known Cuyana, Claromecó and Salta Basins has also risen in the ranks and is now second in the world for shale gas with technical recovery resources of 802 trillion cubic feet. Colombia accounts for 6.8 billion barrels of technically recoverable shale oil resources in its unconventional basins such as the Middle Magdalena, Llanos and Catatumbo, while the Parnaíba, Sao Francisco and coastal basins of Espírito Santo and Campos in Brazil and the Chaco-Paraná basin in Paraguay show values of 245 and 75 tcf of technically recoverable shale gas respectively.

E&P companies, investors and suppliers are now rapidly concluding that Latin America is without a doubt the most likely region in the world to rival the US and Canada in regards to commercially successful shale gas and oil production.

Oil and gas regulatory frameworks specific to unconventionals are now rapidly taking shape in most Latin American countries. Mexico for instance recently made a historical paradigm shift in its trade policy by opening its energy markets internationally. Therefore, the race is on for global and domestic E&P companies to expedite exploration and drilling programmes and gather the geochemical, geophysical and geological data needed to prove exactly which plays in Latin America have the potential to economically produce on a commercial scale.

Emerging Unconventional Plays Latin America 2014 is now making it's very first appearance in Colombia in April to provide an exclusive global platform on which Presidents, VPs, Directors will be able to exchange the latest findings indicating which factors are driving productivity in these plays and determine reality of the geological opportunities each territory has to offer.


The mission of Emerging Unconventional Plays Latin America 2014 is to provide E&P companies and investors with a targeted analysis on quantity of producible reserves, the potential costs of exploitation and the likely return of investment in each Latin American unconventional play covered. Presentations will be focused on driving understanding of unconventional resources across the Latin American region, to provide domestic and global E&P companies and global oil and gas investors with the latest data needed to evaluate where to move next and how to exploit some of the world's most prolific shale reserves situated in Colombia, Argentina, Perú, Brazil, Mexico, Ecuador, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay and Bolivia.

While the commercial prospectivity of the resources will remain the key driver in shale development, regulatory feasibility is the next critical step to enabling development. Emerging Unconventional Plays Latin America 2014 will therefore be hosting regulatory speakers from each of the countries to deliver keynote introductions to each country's section. Speakers will provide critical insights into the very latest policy developments in relation to unconventional oil and gas regulation and international trade feasibility to help stakeholders determine the ease of doing business in each region.


The first day of the event will examine the latest exploration techniques available, as well as the mineralogy, thermal maturity, geochemical and petrophysical characteristics of source rocks in the hottest unconventional basins in Colombia, Argentina, Perú and Bolivia to determine how these resources will lend themselves to stimulation and fracturing.


Day two will provide and understanding of how to apply geological characterization to optimize drilling and completions design, how to implement infrastructure and supply chain development plans for upstream unconventional resource development and assess the geological potential of the hottest emerging plays in Brazil, Mexico, Ecuador, Chile and Uruguay.






  • COLOMBIA: Magdalena and Cordillera Basins
  • ARGENTINA: Vaca Muerta, Austral, San Jorge Gulf, Cuyana and North West Basins.
  • PERÚ: Talara and Ucayali Basins
  • BRAZIL: Espírito Santo, Campos, Santos, Parnaíba, Sao Francisco, Parecis, Amazonas, Solimoes, Paraná, Recôncavo and Potiguar Basins. 
  • MEXICO: Burgos, Tampico-Misantla, Maltrata and Sabinas.
  • ECUADOR: Oriente Basin
  • CHILE : Magallanes Basin
  • URUGUAY: North Basin
  • BOLIVIA: The Chaco and Madre de Dios Basins.


  • GEOLOGICAL CHARACTERIZATION: Examining latest geological characterization data to identify high quality reservoirs in Latin America's hottest emerging unconventional basins
  • EXPLORATION TECHNIQUES: Using latest exploration techniques to provide a more accurate evaluation and quantification of unconventional reservoirs in Latin America
  • DRILLING AND COMPLETIONS DESIGN: Knowing which areas to drill and fracture: using geo-mechanical analysis to develop a successful drilling and completions plan
  • LOGISTICS OF SHALE DEVELOPMENT: Infrastructure, regulation and supply chain development for unconventional resources: transferring successful case studies from the US to Latin America

Why Attend This Event Over Others?

WELL DATA: The latest well results showing geochemical, petrophysical, stratigraphic and geomechanical data will be delivered to guide drilling and completions to maximize the productive potential of each reservoir

COST OF EXPLOITATION: The event places a large focus on determining the productive potential, cost of exploitation and predicted ROI on emerging unconventional plays across Latin America by delivering the latest geological characterization data and case studies in one room, in the space of two days

MEXICO: For the first time, the congress will cover Mexico, delivering in depth analysis into the country's Burgos, Sabinas, Tampico-Misantla y Maltrata Basins.

EXPLORATION TECHNIQUES: The congress will deliver case studies on the latest and most advanced exploration techniques capable of vastly improve the level of currently available on Latin America's emerging unconventional plays.



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