ARPEL is a non-profit association gathering oil, gas and biofuels sector companies and institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean. Founded in 1965 as a vehicle of cooperation and reciprocal assistance among sector companies, its main purpose is to actively contribute to industry integration and competitive growth, and to sustainable energy development in the region.

Its membership currently represents a high percentage of the upstream and downstream activities in Latin America and the Caribbean and includes national and international operating companies, providers of technology, goods and services for the value chain, and national and international sector institutions.

Since 1976, ARPEL holds Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). In 2006, the association declared its adherence to the UN Global Compact principles.


To be an innovative and proactive organization, recognized as a reference in the consolidation of the industry as provider of reliable, safe and sustainable energy.


To promote the integration, growth, operational excellence and effective socio-environmental performance of the industry in the region, facilitating the dialogue, cooperation, development of synergies among players as well as the shared creation of value among members through the exchange and expansion of collective knowledge.