“Our goal this year is to host the most successful Mexican Petroleum Congress (CMP) ever,” explains José Serrano, President of the Colegio de Ingenieros Petroleros de México (CIPM), “because we have all the elements we need: a great team, strong support from the local and federal government, and a great setting with all the necessary infrastructure in one of the most beautiful places in Mexico, the Riviera Maya.”
In the past, each association would host their own petroleum congress; however, a few years ago, the main associations decided to unite and hold a joint congress for the entire industry. “For the 2013 Congress we are hosting around 5,000 participants, and since it will be such a large event, we are adopting extreme precautions to make sure we take into consideration all the needs, wants, and necessities of all the participants while at the same time making sure all the accommodation, food and drinks, transportation, and other logistics are considered,” says Serrano. Furthermore, as a means to successfully achieve the aforementioned challenges, they have hired the most experienced, competent, and trained organizers, “and we hope that you will be able to attend and prove the congress’ success.”
As is common at every CMP, the organizers go through a selection process of technical papers, with chosen papers being presented at the event by their authors. For this year, “the invitation for the submission of technical papers has already been passed on to all the relevant associations, and, unlike other years, we aspire to have more quality presentations, more selective works, to preserve the structure of the conferences, and have a more structured plan,” explains Serrano.
Even though the CMP is the most important oil and gas event of the year in Mexico and many international companies are present for the occasion, Serrano claims that more international companies will attend this year because of the new opportunities that exist and could potentially open up with the imminent energy reform. “More and more international companies will come to Mexico to do business, and even though this has been reflected at past CMPs, one of the main goals for this year is the diversification of the congress; therefore, we will be hosting more international companies, such as Arab companies, that have never attended before,” says Serrano.
This year’s program for the CMP will be as follows: