Meet Senior Decision Makers From:

  • Colombian Oil & Gas Shale Producers
  • North American Unconventional Oil & Gas Majors
  • Colombian Ministry of Mines & Energy
  • ANH
  • ANLA
  • South American Oil & Gas Companies
  • Leading Conventional Operators In Major Colombian Oil & Gas Plays
  • Research Institutes
  • Leading Technology Suppliers
  • Expert Service Providers
  • Geological Institutes & Associations

With The Following Job Titles:

CEOS, SVPs, COOs, VPs, Directors, Managers & Team Leads Of...

  • Exploration
  • New Ventures
  • Completions
  • Development
  • Production
  • Engineering
  • Geosciences
  • Exploitation
  • Unconventional Reserves
  • Geology
  • Reservoir
  • Legal


  • Investment Firms
  • Hydraulic Fracturing & Completion Technology Suppliers
  • Seismic & Core Analysis Companies
  • Horizontal Drilling Companies
  • Midstream & Pipeline Companies
  • Key Industry Laboratory & Analysis Firms
  • Pressure Pumping Firms
  • Market & Economic Analysts
  • Environmental Consultants
  • Geological Surveys
  • Research & Development Institutes & Universities
  • Oil Transportation Companies
  • Research & Development Institutes & Universities

Colombia Shale 2013 Unconventional Oil & Gas Development Congress

While Colombia is globally recognized as a source of heavy oil, the discovery of shale has opened phenomenal new development opportunities for Colombian conventional oil producers, international unconventional producers and global shale investors. The prospectivity of plays showing high volumes of recoverable reserves such as the Middle Magdalena and Cordillera has been compounded with the Government's development of unconventional licenses and favorable royalty schemes that indicate it won't be long before Colombia is a firm fixture on the international unconventional resource map.

The geological prospects are commercially promising, but as with all countries set for a shale boom, key issues need addressing before unconventional resources can be economically exploited. To ensure Colombia can match the success of shale development in Argentina and eventually North America, surface issues including frac regulations, environmental permitting, field security and winning public support require a clear strategy from not only the operators but also governmental bodies including MinMinas, ANLA and the ANH.

Additionally, the commercial success of the plays depends upon producers' ability to economically source unconventional service infrastructure such as drilling and fracking equipment. For this, equipment supply chain strategies for the provision of unconventional drilling and completions equipment need urgently developed. Add to this the unconventional challenges of water permitting, transportation and storage, treatment and regulations and it's clear to see that those already operating both unconventionally outside the country and conventionally inside the country need international best practices and regulatory instruction before a realistic economic assessment of the play can be done.

The E&P-led debut Colombia Shale 2013, Unconventional Oil & Gas Development Congress has been created to provide solutions to Colombia E&P companies and international shale operators at every stage Colombian shale development to take the country from being a notional unconventional opportunity to being a strategic commercial prospect. The conference will be delivering international fracking best practices, key unconventional regulatory updates and Colombian shale geology data.

Day one will start by examining how regulations for conventional hydrocarbon development are evolving to enable unconventional drilling followed by a presentation mapping the TOC, maturity, geomechanics and geophysics of key plays emerging in Colombia. Speakers will then focus specifically on how operators working in conventional reservoirs can adapt their exploration strategies to commercially exploit unconventional resources. The conference will then break into play specific sessions to deliver the very latest data on the Middle Magdalena and Cordillera plays and proceed to strategies for bringing in the necessary drilling and fracking equipment to these areas to enable production. The day will finish by examining the very latest seismic, reservoir and fracking innovations that could be used to exploit Colombian shale.

Day two will deliver progress-critical insights from the key stakeholders responsible for making full scale unconventional development feasible in Colombia. Presentations from the ANLA, ANH and Minminas include details on future for royalty schemes, frack regulations, drill permitting and flowback water permitting.Water logistics, disposal, treatment and re-use best practices will also be explained to ensure water can be cost effectively attained and managed for the frack. Experts will finish by delivering water treatment and community relations best practices as well as assessing the local security risks of exploiting shale in Colombia to ensure resources can be safely developed.

The Colombia Shale 2013, Unconventional Oil & Gas Development Congress follows the success of South America's most established E&P-led unconventional development conference in Argentina in January 2012. The symposium attracted over 400 delegates from national operators and international companies including operators, investors and service providers.



The Opportunity To Exploit Highly Prospective Colombian Shale Plays Is Here...

...for both domestic conventional oil and gas and international shale E&P companies. Early reserves data from promising unconventional plays such as the Middle Magdalena & Cordillera are now hot on the radar of E&P and investors worldwide with Colombia being touted as the next shale boom country in South America. The reserves are promising and the regulations are set to be supportive. What's needed now are policy updates explaining exactly how permitting will work, new geological data indicating the recoverability of reserves, strategies for acquiring equipment and fracking expertise.

Because of this, Colombia Shale 2013, Unconventional Oil & Gas Development Congress is bringing together domestic and international oil and gas E&Ps, regional and federal regulators and global investors to discuss the future for permitting and regulation within the country, service infrastructure availability and requirements, fracking best practices, water management techniques and geological updates of the Middle Magdalena & Cordillera. 

This is the first event to look purely at Colombia shale and follows the success of Argentina's first unconventional E&P led shale congress that took place in 2012 and 2013. American Business Conferences is best known for delivering pioneering, executive level technical conferences in North America in some of the world's hottest shale areas including the Bakken, Eagle Ford and Marcellus.

Key Topics Being Addressed:

REGULATIONS - FRACKING: How regulations for conventional hydrocarbon development in Colombia are evolving to accommodate unconventional drilling and fracking

ENVIRONMENTAL PERMITTING: Hearing the latest updates from the ANLA as they create environmental regulations for shale development in Colombia: what will be permitted and when?

MIDDLE MAGDALENA & CORDILLERA: Evaluating the petrophysical and geochemical parameters of Colombian basins to identify which prospects have the potential for economic unconventional development

CONVENTIONAL TO UNCONVENTIONAL: How operators working in conventional reservoirs can adapt their exploration strategies to commercially exploit unconventional resources

FRACK SERVICE AVAILABILITY: Evaluating the cost and availability of drilling services, frack equipment and road infrastructure in Colombia to ensure commercial-scale development can go ahead once the rocks have been proved

WATER MANAGEMENT: Analyzing storage, transport, re-use and disposal requirements specific to unconventional exploitation to plan logistics and ensure water is available for fracking

SECURITY & COMMUNITY RELATIONS: Outlining how to communicate with local communities on the differences between conventional and unconventional development and outlining how to minimize security risks on site



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