14 December 2021

ARPEL and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) sign a technical cooperation agreement

  • ARPEL has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), a cornerstone of the scientific community worldwide since it was founded in the 1917.

    “The work carried out by AAPG for the advancement of the science of geology and the implementation of the technology of exploration and production is internationally recognized. Its work is supplementary to ARPEL’s mission of developing the human capital of the industry, and with this agreement, we expect to add more value to our member companies,” said ARPEL’S Executive Secretary Miguel Moyano. He added that this memorandum of understanding will strengthen the government-industry collaboration initiatives promoted by ARPEL in Latin America and the Caribbean to facilitate the sustainable development of the oil and gas sectors of the States.

    “Together, AAPG and ARPEL may become the voices of science-based alternatives that support the promotion of efficient policies of this sector in our region,” Moyano explained.

    Federico Seminario, President of AAPG’s Latin America and the Caribbean, noted “as professional associations, AAPG and ARPEL know that strategic collaboration will help us become more effective in the service we provide to our members and stakeholders.”

    He pointed out that in 2019, “we were honored with ARPEL’s participation as an exhibitor in our International Conference held in Buenos Aires, and as a supporting organization to our Latin America and Caribbean Region Energy Opportunities Virtual Conference in 2021.”

    “The new year brings new cooperation opportunities, including the AAPG International Conference and Exhibition in Cartagena and the ARPEL Conference in Peru, in addition to other events and initiatives. This MoU will help us continue the work started and will allow both organizations to strengthen ties and collaborate more strategically in 2022 and beyond,” Seminario concluded.

    The main purposes of the agreement are promoting the systematic exchange and search for synergies or joint actions in technical activities (congresses, conference cycles, courses, research projects and other industry-relevant projects).

    Moreover, other purposes include promoting mutual institutional assistance to the technical organization and disseminating both individual and joint events, following the spirit of both organizations, which seek to promote initiatives focusing on economic growth, operational excellence, social and environmental sustainability, and the development of human resources in the oil and gas sector.


    The Regional Association of Oil, Gas and Biofuels Sector Companies in Latin America and the Caribbean (ARPEL) was founded in 1965 as a vehicle of mutual cooperation and assistance for companies in this sector. Its members include national and international operating companies as well as product suppliers and service providers in upstream and downstream operations in more than 30 Latin American and Caribbean countries. ARPEL’S institutional network is expanded through collaboration agreements with national and international organizations in the energy sector.


    Founded in 1917, the original purposes of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) – namely promoting scientific research, contributing to the advancement of the science of geology, promoting technology and inspiring professional behavior – still guide the Association at present. AAPG has approximately 30,000 members in the upstream energy industry and related fields in 129 countries. The Association has offices in London, Dubai, Singapore, Bogota and Lagos, which coordinate programs and events for the six international regions.


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