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Exploring the Potential of Hydrogen Energy in Latin America and the Caribbean

Thursday, 1 December 2022, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.  |  Virtual Workshop via Zoom (Bogotá , Colombia time)

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Environmental risks posed by climate change create an urgent need to accelerate the pace at which the energy transition is taking place. Geoscientists and engineers working in today’s energy industry no longer look at the subsurface exclusively as a place to extract conventional resources like oil and gas, but also as a permanent sink for carbon dioxide emissions. In addition, through H storage, the subsurface becomes a “super battery” that can help to mitigate the intermittency of renewable energy sources.

Resource availability, access to technology, local conditions, public policies, and political considerations all determine the pace at which the emerging hydrogen economy will develop in the Latin American and Caribbean Region.

This AAPG Virtual Technical Symposium convenes geoscience professionals, engineers, economists and entrepreneurs from the energy industry, academia, and the investment sector to share ideas, best practices, and lessons learned to help the Region face the challenges associated with developing a hydrogen economy.

The event will be held virtually to facilitate participation from around the region and the world.


Event Schedule

Please note that times are listed in Bogotá time (GMT -5).
Houston time (GMT -6) is one hour earlier.
Buenos Aires/Rio de Janeiro (GMT -3) is two hours later.
Madrid (GMT +1) is six hours later.

Thursday, 1 December
08:00-08:15 Welcome and Introductions
César Patiño, International Energy Agency and Lorena Moscardelli, Bureau of Economic Geology, General Chairs
SESSION I: Hydrogen Business Opportunities, Strategies and Regulations
Chair(s): Carlos Colo, YPF; Pablo Amoedo, ARPEL
08:15-09:00 Keynote Talk: From Strategies (Power Points) to Projects (Power Plants): Where is the H2 Industry today?
Hans Kulenkampff, Hinicio
09:00-09:30 Analogies from the Hydrocarbons Exploration and Production Business Applied for the Promotion of the Green Hydrogen Development Offshore Uruguay
Santiago Ferro (presenter), Juan Tomasini, Pablo Gristo, Rodrigo Novo, Héctor de Santa Ana - ANCAP
09:30-10:00 Applying Hydrogen Initiatives into a CO₂ Reduction Emission Methodology
Cesar Augusto Patiño Suarez (presenter), Gustavo Andrés Bautista Velandia, Carlos Alejandro Forero Peña - Ecopetrol
10:00-10:15 BREAK
10:15-10:45 Repsol's Renewable Hydrogen Strategy and Potential Business Development in Latin American Countries
Manuel Manrique - Repsol
10:45-11:00 Extended Q&A with Presenters and Chairs
11:00-12:00 Panel: Regulatory Considerations and Roadmaps
Monica Gasca, Executive Director, Hydrogen Colombia; Martín Scarone, Renewable Energies Division, Uruguay National Energy Directorate; Rossana Gaete, Stagno, Green Hydrogen Global Manager, AES Corporation
12:00-13:30 LUNCH BREAK
SESSION II: Natural Hydrogen Exploration (Part I)
Chair(s): Felipe González-Penagos, Ecopetrol; Sylvia Anjos, ABGPM
13:30-14:15 Keynote Talk: Natural Hydrogen Emanations: can Multispectral Satellite Image Analysis and Gamma-Spectrometry Acquisition Help to Better Define them? Case Study in Brazil
Isabelle Moretti¹𝄒³ (presenter), Alain Prinzhofer², Leo Aimar³, Alain Rabaute³𝄒⁴, Christophe Rigollet⁵ | ¹LFCR-UPPA; ²Geo4U; ³ISTEP; Sorbonne Université; ⁴Geosubsight; ⁵CVA
14:15-14:45 Exploration of Natural Hydrogen in Brazil: Search for New Sources of Renewable Energy
Gustavo Camelo Acevedo¹ & Leandro Barros Adriano¹(presenters), Alain Prinzhofer², Eugenio Vaz Dos Santos¹, Maria Auxiliadora Martinez¹, Hans Morales Bopp¹, Misael Franca dos Santos¹, Cesar Patiño Suarez¹ | ¹Ecopetrol; ²Geo4U
14:45-15:00 BREAK
15:00-15:30 Development of Workflows for Mapping Prospective Regions for Natural Hydrogen Resources
Geoffrey S. Ellis (presenter) - U.S. Geological Survey
15:30-16:00 Detailed Methodology in the Integration of Geoscientific Information in the Identification of Natural Hydrogen
Maria Marin (presenter), Liz Valbuena, Cesar Patiño, Felipe Gonzalez, Hans Morales - Ecopetrol
16:00-16:30 Natural Hydrogen System Assessment with Basin Modelling Applied to the Colombian Foreland Basins
Frédéric Schneider¹ (presenter), Matthieu Dubille¹, César Patiño², Felipe Medellin³ | ¹BeicipFranlab; ²Ecopetrol; ³Beicip Inc.
16:30-16:45 Extended Q&A with Presenters and Chairs
17:00-18:30 Let’s Talk About Hydrogen
Special free session and trivia contest led by the AAPG Latin America and Caribbean Region Sustainability Committee.
Friday, 2 December
08:00-08:05 Welcome and Introductions
08:05-08:45 Supporting Organization Activities Updates
Argentine Association of Petroleum Geologists and Geophysicists (AAGGP)
Brazilian Association of Petroleum Geologists (ABGP)
Colombian Association of Petroleum Geologists and Geophysicists (ACGGP)
Association of Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Companies of Latin America and the Caribbean (ARPEL)
Bureau of Economic Geology – University of Texas at Austin
AAPG Latin America and Caribbean Region
SESSION III: Natural Hydrogen Exploration (Part II)
Chair(s): Sylvia Anjos, ABGP; Felipe González-Penagos, Ecopetrol
08:45-09:15 Advances of Natural Hydrogen Exploration in Sedimentary Foreland Basins of Colombia
Felipe Gonzalez-Penagos (presenter), Maria del Pilar Marin, Cesar Patiño, Eduardo Lopez-Ramos, Katherine Orozco, Andres Rodriguez-Torres - Ecopetrol
09:15-09:45 Natural Hydrogen System and Fluid-Rock Interaction within the Northern Andes Cordillera Ophiolites of Colombia
German Rodriguez-Charry¹ (presenter), Andres Fuenzalida², Juan Carlos Molano³, Ariel Cadena Sanchez³, Alejandra Carrillo¹, Valeria Rodriguez¹, Julisa Torres¹, Diego Velasquez² - ¹Atlas Research Group; ²Servicio Geológico Colombiano; ³Universidad Nacional de Colombia
09:45-10:15 Natural Hydrogen Frontier Exploration Workflow Applied to the Southern Caribbean, Northern Colombia and Venezuela
Joan F. Flinch (presenter), Sandra Merten, John Skero - Elsevier
10:15-10:30 BREAK
10:30-11:00 Gas Seeps and Hydrogen in the Bolivian Altiplano
Isabelle Moretti¹ (presenter), P. Baby², P. Alvarez Zapata³, R. Villegas Mendoza³ | ¹LFCR-UPPA; ²IRD; ³YPFB
11:00-11:30 Natural Accumulation of Hydrogen, “Gold Hydrogen”, Aragon, Spain
Chris Matchette-Downes (presenter), Chris Atkinson, Sandra Garcia – Helios Aragon Pty Limited
11:30-11:45 Extended Q&A with Presenters and Chairs
11:45-12:15 LUNCH BREAK
12:15-13:30 The Decarbonization of the Spanish Economy through the Use of Renewable Hydrogen - The Role of DH2 energy as a Producer
Marcos López-Brea - DH2 energy
SESSION IV: Hydrogen and Subsurface Storage
Chair(s): Eduardo Vallejo, YPF Tecnología; Vera Hernandez, BP
13:00-13:30 Compositional Variation of the Zechstein Group in the Norwegian North Sea and Challenges for Hydrogen Storage in Salt Caverns
Dora Marín (presenter), Néstor Cardozo, Alejandro Escalona - University of Stavanger, Norway
13:30-14:00 Hydrogen Geo-Storage: Opportunities and Current Understanding
Stefan Iglauer (presenter) - Edith Cowan University
14:00-14:30 Evaluation of the CO₂ Storage Potential in the Neuquina and Golfo de San Jorge Basins, Associated with Future Projects of Blue H² generation and CCUS
Matias Di Benedetto³ (presenter), C.G. Grasetti¹, T.M. Piqué¹𝄒², R. Manoni³, I. Brisson³, G.S. Vila¹𝄒², M. Noya¹, D. De Leo3³, N. Canale⁴, N. Fortunatti³, M. Zalazar¹𝄒²𝄒⁴, C. Cabana⁴, F. Lebinson5, M. Tunik⁴, M. Bahía⁵, S. Grill⁵ – ¹YPF Tecnología S.A. (Y-TEC); ²CONICET; ³YPF S.A.; ⁴Universidad Nacional de Rio Negro; ⁵Universidad Nacional del Sur
14:30-15:00 Modeling Hydrogen Storage Capacities, Injection and Withdrawal Cycles in Salt Caverns Using the GeoH² Salt Storage and Cycling App
Leopoldo M. Ruiz Maraggi (presenter), Lorena G. Moscardelli - Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin
15:00-15:15 BREAK
15:15-15:45 Effect of Grid Resolution on Underground Hydrogen Storage Compositional Reservoir Simulation
Muhammad Alhotan (presenter), Mojdeh Delshad, Kamy Sepehrnoori - University of Texas at Austin
15:45-16:15 Significance of Paleogeography for Cavern Development in Bedded Salts: A Case Study from New Mexico and West Texas
C. Nur Schuba¹ (presenter), Lorena Moscardelli¹, Tim Lawton¹, Gary G. Gray² - ¹Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas; ²Rice University
16:15-16:30 Extended Q&A with Presenters and Chairs
16:30-16:45 Closing Remarks
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Registration includes: access to symposium sessions, program with presentation summaries and presenter bios, participant list (pending participant approval), a virtual delegate bag, and pot-event access to presentation recordings approved for publication.

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AAPG invites you to support Hydrogen 2022 Virtual Technical Symposium, a multidisciplinary event bringing leading scientists and industry practitioners together to share best practices, exchange ideas and explore opportunities for future collaboration.

Sponsorship provides high exposure before a global audience of industry leaders and decision makers and shows your commitment to providing high quality content and meaningful connections.

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César Patiño César Patiño General Co-Chair EOR, Technology Collaboration Program, International Energy Agency, Colombia
Lorena  Moscardelli Lorena Moscardelli General Co-Chair Research Associate / Principal Investigator, The University of Texas at Austin, USA
Sylvia  Anjos Sylvia Anjos Session Chair Director, Associação Brasileira de Geólogos de Petróleo (ABGP), Brazil
Felipe Gonzalez Felipe Gonzalez Session Chair Basin and Petroleum System Modeler, Ecopetrol, Colombia
Pablo Amoedo Pablo Amoedo Session Chair Upstream Projects Manager, ARPEL, Uruguay
Carlos Agustin Colo Carlos Colo Session Chair Reserves Auditor, YPF, Argentina
Eduardo Lucio Vallejo Eduardo Vallejo Committee Member Science and Technology Program Leader, YPF TECNOLOGIA SA, Argentina
Vera Hernandez Navea Vera Hernandez Navea Session Chair Hydrogen and CCUS Advisory Service Manager, BP, Spain
Emily Smith Llinás AAPG Latin America & Caribbean Region Manager
Diana Ruiz Vásquez AAPG Latin America & Caribbean Region Events Coordinator
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