Rio Oil & Gas

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September 21-24, 2020


For 38 years, Rio Oil & Gas has been Latin America’s largest business and knowledge platform for the oil, gas and biofuels industry. The next edition will be held between september 21 and 24, 2020, at Riocentro, in Rio de Janeiro.
Divided into exhibition, congress and parallels events, Rio Oil & Gas is the best place to be present with the main companies in the sector, to relate with leaders of the entire oil and gas chain and to develop new businesses.
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Organizing Committee
  • Chairman
    Hugo Repsold
  • Co-chair
    Cristina Pinho
    Cristina Pinho
  • Adriano Bastos
    BP Energy
  • Alex Imperial
  • Alfredo Renault
  • Antonio Guimarães
  • Carla Lacerda
  • Christian Schöck
    Siemens Brasil
  • Clarissa Lins
  • Eduardo Chamusca
    SBM Offshore
  • Fernando Borges
  • Flávio Ofugi
    Shell Brasil
  • Ingrid Buckmann
  • João Carlos de Luca
  • Jorge Camargo
  • José Firmo
    Porto do Açu Operações
  • José Mauro Ferreira
    TechnipFMC Brasil
  • Lavinia Hollanda
    Lavinia Hollanda
    Escopo Energia
  • Luiz Costamilan
  • Renato Bertani
    Barra Energia
  • Victor Montenegro
    Victor Montenegro
  • Volmir Korzeniewski
    Aker Solutions
  • Wong Loon
Technical Committee
  • Chairman
    Fernando Borges
  • Cristiano Pinto da Costa
    Shell Brasil
  • Edmar Fagundes de Almeida
    Instituto de Economia - UFRJ
  • Felipe Baldissera Gabriel
  • Gisele Pereira
  • Isabel Waclawek
    Total E&P do Brasil
  • Jorge Delmonte
  • Lissandro
    Lisandro Gaertner
  • Marcelo Alfradique
  • Marcos Assayag
  • Melissa Fernandez
  • Patricia Pradal
    Patrícia Pradal
    Chevron Brasil
  • Pedro Alem Filho
  • Raquel Filgueiras
    Sebastião Furquim


Exploration: the drop in oil prices led many companies to reduce their investments in exploration, waiting for “better days”. However, the recent recovery of the Brent and WTI and the perception of increasing demand for hydrocarbons have brought renewed impetus in the search for new deposits. In the Brazilian context recent bids of ANP motivate studies in new exploratory frontiers and even in unconventional resources; also the “reexploration” in mature areas can enable new projects. The theme for the exploration of the E&P block, therefore, invites with interest proposals for synopses on the following subjects:

  • Exploratory challenges in unconventional resources
  • E&P data management (Big Data)
  • Petroleum systems modeling
  • Structural geology and tectonics
  • New exploratory frontiers (onshore & offshore)
  • Exploratory potential remaining in mature basins
  • Cutting-edge technologies in geology and geophysics
  • Petrography and stratigraphy / sedimentation
  • Integrated and case studies



The range of technical areas of interest in the discipline of reservoirs is broad. At this time when the industry stands the management of large fields in LDAs ultra-deep, search for improving recovery factor and incorporation of reserves in mature areas, development of complex fields such as Shale gas/oil reservoir management interface with technologies of monitoring wells, permanent seismic, among others can be highlighted.

  • Uncertainty analysis, history matching and production optimization
  • Formation evaluation
  • Reservoir characterization and geological modeling
  • Geophysics and reservoir monitoring
  • Reservoir geomechanics
  • Water management (management of produced water, produced water reinjection, etc.)
  • New technologies for reservoir management / surveillance
  • Improved / Enhanced oil recovery (IOR/EOR)
  • Complex reservoirs (fractured, low permeability, abnormally pressured, etc.)
  • Mature field revitalization
  • Numerical simulation of reservoirs
  • Reserves evaluation
  • Integrated studies



Oil & Gas projects in Brazil are of great diversity, from projects in mature fields to new projects in deep waters on the edge of technological development. In an environment of investment and limited capital, the appropriate project management plays a crucial role in the realization of opportunities, be it in the development of competitive concepts in diligent implementation and management of scope, cost and schedule. Suggested topics of interest for the 2018 event of Rio Oil & Gas are:

  • Selection of Development Concepts and Alternatives
  • Project Metrics
  • Project closure and implementation of lessons learned
  • Governance of Project stages and approval cycles
  • Technical risks valuation
  • Non-technical risks valuation
  • Case Studies



Production systems: the introduction of digital technologies in the treatment of the immense mass of data acquired in real-time monitoring systems and process plants brings a new perspective to the design and operation of production systems in order to increase the speed of analysis and decision-making as well as the operational availability of equipment of process plants. Additionally, the search for economic production of hydrocarbons in increasingly challenging scenarios and the constant aim for cost reduction and service to high degrees of conformity SMS requirements (HSE) are current industry needs to ensure and increase the profitability of production development projects. In this challenging context and eager for innovative solutions good articles are sought on the topics listed below:

  • Automation and production control
  • Operation excellence
  • Produced water management
  • Management of CO2 and H2S
  • Management of operations and logistics
  • Production facilities
  • Structural maintenance and integrity
  • Material selection
  • Technologies and innovation in offshore inspection
  • Offshore Asset Life Extension
  • Digitalization of production systems
  • Process safety
  • Subsea processing system (subsea factory)
  • Artificial lift systems
  • Subsea gathering systems
  • Decommissioning of production systems
  • Case studies



The discovery of the pre-salt layer in the brazilian coast led to important advances in the technology of construction of wells on a ultra deep LDA environment, thick layer of salt and in deposits that sometimes lead to difficult conditions of well control. It is an area in which constant developments can bring significant gains on the drilling phase as in completions (smart wells) and stimulation. But it is not just in pre-salt that demands continuous progress: the projects feasibility of recovery increase in mature fields and heavy oil depends on cost reduction and new technologies to make more complex geometry (multilateral, maximum range) offshore wells. Rio Oil & Gas wants to help promote this discussion with articles on the topics of:

  • Well stimulation and fracturing
  • Geomechanics and well stability
  • Operations and logistics management
  • Well integrity and process safety
  • Smart wells and digitalisation in the oilfield
  • Well design
  • Well control and emergency response
  • Completion technologies
  • Drilling technologies
  • Well interventions and workovers
  • Environmental License Process and HSE in drilling wells
  • Case studies


The new scenario designed for the downstream segment requires a deep analysis of priority themes, such as: regulation, taxation and business models aimed at the creation of an attractive market for investments.
In this context, a benchmarking of practices adopted in international markets can greatly contribute to make this segment more competitive.
In addition, it´s necessary to debate issues related to the production, import and logistics of petroleum products and biofuels, aiming at guaranteeing the national supply.

  • Energy matrix revolution
  • Balance of supply and demand of oil products
  • Oil byproducts quality
  • Base oils market
  • Prices of oil and oil products
  • National pricing formation and taxation of fuels
  • Models of transition to a low carbon matrix
  • Business models for downstream investments
  • Regulation and Inspection
  • Competitive dynamics of the market agents
  • Transition for a new downstream model in Brazil
  • Technological innovations (products performance, engine efficiency)



This subject will discuss the use of high volume infrastructure modes for the transportation of liquids and gases. Positive experiences in the use of various modes of transport, critical analysis of factors limiting infrastructure use and product transportation, and issues related to the regulatory / tax framework are topics of interest. In addition, issues related to the development and application of engineering in the construction of infrastructure, initiatives to increase efficiency in logistics operations and increase the reliability and safety of equipment and systems will be addressed. For Brazil, in particular, further analysis is expected of the new multi-players market context in the mid/downstream segment and the consequent stimulus to attract investments in logistics infrastructure in the country.

  • Logistics infrastructure – engineering, construction and assembly
  • Pipeline transport and onshore terminals – operation, maintenance and inspection
  • Private use terminals versus public ports – competitiveness of the models
  • Operation of port terminals for liquids – efficiency and mitigation of risks
  • Oil products pipeline transportation – risks and opportunities
  • Pipeline liquids transportation – risks and opportunities
  • Operation on waterways – increased efficiency and safety
  • Cabotage and fuels supply in the new refining scenario
  • Policies to promote investment in infrastructure logistics in Brazil and new business model
  • Development of logistics infrastructure for refining competition
  • Risk analysis and increased reliability for equipment and systems
  • Logistics innovation



The continuous search for integrated solutions, aiming at cost reduction, product supply and quality assurance, market expansion and competitiveness are topics of interest of this session. In addition, the reformulation of the regulatory framework and the new market dynamics with multiple players in Brazil wil require special attention.

  • Distribution logistics supply chains optimization and integration
  • Increased representativeness of biofuels in the matrix: challenges for the distribution industry
  • Information technology in the logistics chain distribution
  • Taxation impacts on distribution logistics
  • Competitive distortions – Combating irregular trade of fuels
  • Quality assurance of products and services
  • Retail on the service station and new payment technologies
  • Logistic models for attendance at convenience stores
  • New dynamics in the Brazilian market: roles and responsibilities of agents, contract models, inventory policy



Considering the use of electric and hybrid vehicles in the coming decades, impacting the demand for gasoline and diesel, the refining industry will have to adapt to this new situation. In this regard, the improvement of the processes with the introduction of new technologies, industry digitalization and new maintenance techniques, aiming at an increase of reliability, will be an important tool to promote give promote greater economy to the activity.
Moreover, the search for integration of refining processes with petrochemical units,  using any naphtha leftover surplus, is a trend to be observed. Ensuring competitiveness through the availability and cost of raw materials, the use of new technologies and the manufacture of higher value added products are also key points for the petrochemical industry.
It’s important to understand the directions that this industry sector will take in Brazil and in the world.

  • Energy efficiency and emission control
  • Maintenance and reliability
  • Technological trends for refining and petrochemistry
  • Petrochemical raw material supply
  • Refining competitiveness in Brazil
  • Policies for investment in refining in Brazil
  • Evolution of products and specifications/new regulations
  • Automation/Optimization of processes
  • Cost-effectiveness in the reffinig activity
  • Future market: integrated vision upstream, downstream, petrochemical industry
  • Base oil lubricants market



The theme incorporates matters relating to biofuels production, transportation and marketing, as well as aspects related to public policy, regulation, emissions of greenhouse gases and carbon pricing mechanisms geared to this industry. Representing approximately 18% of the brazilian energy matrix, bio-energy, in particular biofuels, has consolidated its position as the second largest source of energy in Brazil. The recent approval of the law 13,576/2017 which created the national Biofuel Policy (RenovaBio), increased the importance of studies, analyses and discussions about the role of biofuels in the national transport, aiming to guarantee supply and transition to a low carbon level.

  • Ethanol: production, marketing, transport and storage logistics
  • Biodiesel: production, marketing, transport and storage logistics
  • Public policy and regulation
  • New technologies and biofuels (biokerosene, cellulosic ethanol, biogas, etc)
  • The role of biofuels to energy security and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions
  • Market and carbon pricing


“The Brazilian natural gas market has been traditionally met by domestic supply and natural gas imported from Bolivia. Over the last decade, with the construction of re-gasification terminals, liquefied natural gas (LNG) also happened to be a potential source of supply, particularly for the care of thermoelectric plants. Today the country is supplied by natural gas production from the pre-salt layer.
There are therefore a number of possible sources of supply, in the context of national production growth, increased production of unconventional gas in the United States, Australia and Argentina and the expiration of a Bolivian supply contract.
The themes of this topic aim to raise discussions that can affect the supply of gas, considering the changes in the international market, such as those promoted by the American shale gas, as well as the regional (Latin America) and local perspectives, in particular regarding the pre-salt layer.”

Production – Brazil

  • Perspectives
  • Onshore and offshore production (pre-salt and post-salt)
  • Possibilities for shore gas supply in Brazil


  • LNG
  • Pipelines (Latin America)


  • Biogas
  • Shale gas, tight sands, CBM – Coal Bed Methane



“The natural gas industry is composed of a series of interconnecting segments in order to allow the produced gas to be processed and moved in purpose of reaching the consumers of the product. There is, therefore, the presence of infrastructure assets in the different segments of the energy value chain, from the production to the delivery to final consumers. Effective utilization and investments in infrastructure assets are critical not only to enable the development of new natural gas markets, as well as to promote growth or even provide sustainability to existing markets. Access to essential infrastructures (drain pipelines, processing plants and regasification terminals), transport and distribution of gas is a necessary condition to allow the development of a more competitive market.
The discussion about the use of the infrastructure is of great importance, particularly in a context in which it is sought to attract new agents to achieve investments in the industry, through the introduction of competition in the different chain activities.”


  • Wet gas pipeline
  • Natural Gas Processing plants
  • LNG Terminals


  • Pipelines





“The natural gas-fired generation is becoming increasingly relevant to the electric power supply. In Brazil the theme gains importance because it appears as an alternative safe and environmentally appropriate energy to expand the supply of electricity and also as an “”anchor”” for the development of the gas Market, the domestic gas production projects and the import of LNG. In addition, industrial facilities can also be considered as anchors for the expansion of natural gas infrastructure, as they have high firm consumption to make projects economically feasible.
The need to increase the synergy between industry, the electricity sector and the natural gas sector has become increasingly important and the debate on the issues raised for this theme aims not only to reduce the information asymmetry between these markets, but also to point out ways for the sustainable use of natural gas as an alternative
for electricity generation and as a fuel and feedstock for the industrial sector.”



  • Complementarities of natural gas and renewables
  • Base load dispatch
  • Solutions to provide thermo electric dispatch flexibility
  • NG Generation as a market anchor
  • Impact of NG thermo power generation in the domestic supply and LNG



  • Natural gas as fuel for the industrial sector
  • Natural gas as feedstock for the industrial sector
  • Industrial facilities as market anchor
  • Impact of industrial demand in the domestic supply and LNG



“The gas industry is capital intensive and investments present long-term return. For this reason, the final decisions of investment in different activities of the chain are impacted not only by current regulatory and institutional environment, but also by the development prospects of the industry.
This block aims to discuss different marketing scenarios for natural gas, both within the national, regional and international scope, considering the technological, environmental, socio-economic, institutional aspects, among others, that can change the profile of consumption and production of natural gas.”



  • Competitiveness and Pricing
  • Free Market

Supply and Demand Forecasts

  • Brazil
  • Latin America
  • LNG Trading
  • Global outlooks

Gas use

  • Domestic, commercial, industrial, automotive
  • Cogeneration and Distributed Generation



“The gas market in Brazil has been consolidating and this process should accelerate with the adoption of new legislation for the industry. As a reflection of this new environment, investments are being made by new and returning actors throughout the value chain of natural gas, since the flow activity until new thermal generation projects.
A more in-depth understanding of the tax, economic and financial framework, through the presentation of existing/potential projects or specific studies can serve as a guide and point the way for the development of the sector, encouraging investments across the value chain.”

  • Monetization
  • Wet gas pipeline
  • C2/liquids Infrastructure
  • Processing Plants
  • LNG Terminals – Regas and Liquefation
  • Transmission and distribution
  • Thermo Power Generation
  • GTL
  • Industry



“The brazilian industry of natural gas has gone through a significant transformation process. The repositioning of the Petrobras allowed the insertion of new agents in different segments of this industry. In parallel, the initiative New Gas Market (Novo Mercado de Gás), that now unfolds in the discussions of the PL, 6,407 aimed to discuss improvements in the legal framework of the natural gas industry, in order to make it more dynamic, competitive and with more liquidity.
Under the programme New Gas Market (Novo Mercado de Gás) were discussed and proposed improvements in the legal text that aim at boosting the different activities of the natural gas value chain. As a result of this change in the legal framework, the proposition of new standards or the revision of current regulations will be necessary. In this sense, it is essential to carry out an extensive discussion of the the adjusting object themes in order to contribute to the establishment of new rules necessary for the development of the gas industry.”

  • Wet gas pipelines, processing and terminals
  • Transmission, Storage, Distribution and Trading



  • Global supply-demand scenarios
  • Price perspectives
  • Logistics / Integration
  • Contracts (short term vs long term)
  • New Technologies


  • Regional supply outlook – Argentina and Bolivia
  • Solutions to enable energy integration
  • Regional chalenges and opportunities
  • Evolution of the energy matrix in developing countries
  • Natural gas worldwide geopolitics


This agenda aims to discuss and identify the programs of incentives for research, development and Innovation-RD&I (the example of the RD&I clause of contracts for exploration and production of oil), forms of private investment, and management of these resources. Partnership models and contracts, such as transfer of technology and licensing are also the focus of this Block, as well as rules and regulations that represents the subject.

  • Intellectual Property in the O&G projects;
  • Best Practice for Managing Innovation Ecosystems
  • Application of the RD&I Clause resources(Research, Development and Innovation) from the regulatory agencies
  • Regulatory framework of the CT&I (Science, Technology and Innovation)
  • Partnership models (Success cases in innovation projects that can relate to our industry between technology and O&G companies);
  • Technical standards and regulations
  • Startups



This agenda aims to discuss and identify the way in which the technologies, such as autonomous vehicles and drones, robotics (general, topside and subsea) and online monitoring of processes, supporting in the inspection activity and the improvement of structural integrity, resulting in increased reliability and safety of the premises. It also aims to discuss how the future technologies can contribute to a non-intrusive Inspection.

  • Robots, drones and autonomous vehicles in Equipment Inspection
  • Non-Intrusive Inspection – INI
  • Boiler Combustion Management Systems (SGC)
  • Boiler Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS)
  • Advanced tools for inspection analysis and planning


Discuss and present digital technologies that are transforming the industry and allowing it to work smarter and achieve significant efficiency and economy in the short term, enabling them to make more appropriate decisions faster. Technologies such as smart clouds, Big Data and Analytics and Internet of Things among others, go hand in hand and are the backdrop for the digital revolution that the oil and gas industry is going through.

  • Automation
  • Integrated Systems
  • Big Data, AdvancedAnalytics and Visualization (Digital Twins)
  • Robotics
  • IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things)
  • Cloud Computing
  • CyberSecurity
  • Virtual and augmented reality
  • Blockchain
  • Smartgrids
  • Nanotechnology applied to inspection and monitoring
  • Additive manufacturing and 3D printing
  • HPC-high performance computing
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Asset management
  • Safety instrumented systems
  • Integrated operations
  • Nanotechnology
  • Wireless systems
  • Advanced process control and optimization
  • Control and process safety
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Simulated training and certification of operators
  • Digital oil field
  • Remote operation
  • Technologies for the Energy Transition
  • Smart Cities Applied to Energy Transition


Description: This theme aims to discuss aspects related to compliance, management responsability, internal controls, as well as the implementation of anti-corruption practices, in favor of legitimate ways for conducting oil and gas industry businesses.

  • New technologies and compliance – digital transformation
  • Internal investigations on illegal practices
  • Lobbying regulation and the oil and gas industry
  • Policies and practices for prevention on contracting goods and services against illegal acts by contractors
  • Procurement – companies condemned for corruption crimes or enlisted on a leniency program
  • Anti-corruption law and its impacts on the oil and gas industry
  • Compliance – training , responsability, accountability, rewards and penalties
  • Compliance programs maturity – organization cultural change



Description: This theme aims to discuss HES aspects of the oil and gas industry and propose improvements to the performance of the sector. The theme includes from training leaders committed to the culture of ocupational and operational safety, and preservation of the environment, to compliance with legislation, regulations, norms and standards that contribute to preventing, reducing and mitigating accidents and the impact of the oil and gas industry activities.

  • Operational excellence – culture and leadership
  • Management of waste and effluents
  • Environmental management: regulation, planning, licensing and monitoring of oil and gas activities
  • Emergency response, contingent plans, training and organization
  • Operational risk analysis – environment, instalations and workforce
  • Human and Operational factors
  • Safety management: process, operational, occupational and environmental



Description: This theme aims to discus aspects related to oil and gas companies governance. The theme includes discussions related to governance, regulation, corporate communication, financing alternatives, knowledge management, among other relevant industry issues.

  • Knowledge management and organization learning: from informal learning to training and developing to generate competencies and knowledge
  • Organizational governance – organizational techniques and policies, private x public sectors.
  • Financing alternatives for the oil and gas industry: access to capital market, insurance, guarantees, reserve based lending, project finance and other financial instruments
  • Corporate communication and industry reputation



Description: This theme aims to discuss aspects related to workforce management that impact on the development of the oil and gas industry. The theme includes discussions on people management, attraction and retention of new professionals, governance, career development, diversity and inclusion, besides other relevant matters.

  • The future of O&G industry – attraction and retention of young professionals on STEM careers
  • Productivity and Competitiveness versus quality in the work environment
  • Professional development – technical or management careers
  • Operational and management leadership best practices
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Leadership and digital transformation – impacts on organization culture



Descriptive: The theme aims to encourage oil and gas industry professionals, goods and services supply chain players, government, NGOs and universities to discuss the industry role in promoting sustainable development, in environment conservancy, in the guarante of the rights of traditional and vulnerable populations and in the managing non-technical risks, securing the attraction of responsible investments.

  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
  • Geopolitics and sustainability
  • Human Rights and Business
  • Private Social Investment
  • Risk Assessment of technical and non-technical risks
  • Environmental Education and conservancy
  • ESG (Environment, Social and Governance)
  • Social Responsability in the Oil and Gas industry

Climate change as well as greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have become top political and social agenda affairs in most developed countries. From this perspective, public policies strains, corporate decarbonization strategies and their influence on economies became key elements to understand the current and better prepare for the upcoming, energy sector, as the debate regarding public policies, stakeholders viewpoint and corporate strategies on energy transition is crucial to diminish economic and social risks for the energy industry. The conception of a Rio Oil & Gas 2020 block exclusively dedicated to this subject seeks to ensure a privileged arena for this debate, leading on new topics for the energy industry in Brazil and around the globe.

  • The O&G Industry and the Sustainable Development Goals – SDGs
  • Decarbonization strategies for the O&G sector
  • Technological innovations for decarbonization
  • Paris Agreement: public policies and financing mechanisms for GHG mitigation
  • Geopolitics of energy transition
  • Energy efficiency impact on GHG emissions
  • Decarbonisation and new business models for the energy industry
  • GHG mitigation: the role of biofuels
  • Affordable, clean & safe energy: the O&G industry contribution
  • The role of natural gas in energy transition
  • Carbon market and pricing
  • The future demand for O&G
  • Energy transition and its impacts on mobility
  • Just and Equitable Energy Transition
  • Science Policy, Technology and Innovation on Energy Transition

We continue to work at a fast pace to deliver a high-level Rio Oil & Gas 2020, in 6 months’ time. The IBP is monitoring the situation of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and is prepared to follow the prevention and hygiene guidelines of the WHO and the Ministry of Health of Brazil. The safety of our participants, exhibitors, visitors, and staff is our priority. All official information will be updated according to the evolution of the circumstances in Brazil, both on the event website and on our social networks.

The deadline for abstract submission is closed since March 15, 2020.

If you already submitted an abstract for the event, please wait for the Technical Committee evaluation results on April 20, 2020.

The approval of the synopses will be the responsibility of the Technical Committee, sovereign in its decision. The authors will be informed of the analysis of extended synopses after April 20th, 2020. Access to the author’s area will also be available on the same date.

Once the extended synopsis has been approved, full papers (5-10 pages) must be submitted by May 15, 2020, according to the instructions to be submitted by the organization.

Authors will be informed of the date, time and form of presentation (oral or digital poster), after the end of the evaluation of the final texts and the review period, starting July 3, 2020.

Authors must choose the presentation form (oral or digital poster) and the final result will be defined by the Technical Committee, sovereign in its decision.

The languages of the event are: Portuguese or English. Simultaneous translation will be available (English / Portuguese / English).

The technical papers included in the final program of the Congress will be published in the IBP Online Library, with ISSN registration. The final papers, adjusted to the norms of scientific publication, to be sent in the second phase (submission of the final text), and in the English language may also be indexed in international scientific bases.

Yes. In order for the approved paper to be included in the final program and published on the scientific basis, it is necessary that at least the presenting author of the project make the registration, within the deadline informed in the submission schedule.

Registration fees and information on how to register will be available soon by the event organizers.

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