Event Summary: Successful Pre-Salt Auctions Put Brazil’s Oil & Gas Sector on Promising Path

The oil and gas sector in Brazil is undergoing its most dramatic transformation since the founding of stateowned energy giant Petrobras in 1953. For the first time in history, the National Energy Policy Council (CNPE) has approved a bidding process to auction drilling rights to international oil and gas companies, creating a more competitive, market-oriented model.

Successful Pre-Salt Auctions Put Brazil’s Oil & Gas Sector on Promising Path

A Conversation with Decio Oddone, Director-General of Brazil’s National Petroleum Agency

Decio Oddone's presentation is available for download below.

Time for Mexico to Take its Destiny into its Own Hands

At a recent event on North American energy at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., the inaugural speech was given by Mexican Ambassador Gerónimo Gutiérrez. In a somber mood, Gutiérrez talked of the importance of continuing collaboration on energy policy but emphasized the risks of the failure of the NAFTA negotiations currently under way between the three North American governments.

Mexico’s Energy Outlook: A Conversation with José Antonio González, CEO of PEMEX

Thanks to Mexico’s landmark 2013 energy reform, PEMEX has been undergoing a transformation from a monopolistic national oil company to a company with a competitive entity, with a more efficient business model. José Antonio González Anaya has been leading this effort since February 2016, and has emphasized the importance of partnerships along the breath and length of PEMEX activities. PEMEX is now fully engaged, since 2016, in exploration and production activities in partnership with private and foreign companies. 

North America Energy Forum 2017


The Mexico and Canada Institutes hosted the Wilson Center's 2017 North America Energy Forum, now in its fourth year. The event focused on the major challenges and opportunities facing energy producers and consumers in the region, with a strong focus on innovation in the energy sector.