I Oil and Gas Summit

100 years driving development in Colombia


The oil and gas sector has marked institutional and business milestones in the history of Colombia that have allowed the country to consolidate a leading and competitive industry that furthers the country’s economic and social development, contributing significant resources that are evident in the development of regions and in the well-being of the communities.

Crude was first discovered in 1918 in the La Cira-Infantas field (Barrancabermeja), which marked the course of oil in Colombia. In 2018, the oil industry celebrates 100 years of existence in the country. A fact that should be highlighted by the actors that have helped achieve national and international recognition.

For this reason, the business and professional associations of engineering, oil and gas of Colombia have chosen to congregate their most important events at the Oil and Gas Summit to commemorate 100 years of this important industry.

Why attend


The I Oil and Gas Summit will bring together more than 5,000 national and international attendees, with the main purpose of commemorating the first 100 years of the presence of the oil sector in Colombia, and thus celebrating the important economic contribution of the oil sector to the country´s sustainable development, and analyzing the current landscape of and future outlook for the industry.

The summit will offer an academic agenda and a technical agenda, with high-level national and international speakers, which will allow attendees to learn first-hand about oil opportunities in Colombia.

Additionally, the largest trade fair in the sector will be held during the Summit. Industry companies will be able to generate new business opportunities and build commercial relationships.

The I Summit will also hosted a Regional Hall, a space where national and local authorities, communities and companies can meet to engage in constructive dialogue to identify specific actions that contribute to sustainable development and the viability of the projects.

This event, organized by “Comité Gremial Petrolero -CGP-“ (the Oil Industry Committee), will include celebration of and a reflection on the Colombian oil industry’s first 100 years. It will convene business associations and oil and gas experts with the common goal of continuing their efforts to promote a sector that is strategic for the sustainable development of the country.

Central themes


100 years of the oil industry in Colombia and Latin America: successes and lessons learned

The Hydrocarbon Industry, a Global Perspective: Macroeconomic Impact and how to leverage Sustainable Development.

Climate change and the oil industry: challenges faced by governments and companies.

Energy diversification: the future of hydrocarbons in the face of new demand patterns.

Reputation and leadership: challenges for the oil & gas sector.

The presence of extractive industries at the local level: reality and perceptions on their social and environmental impact

New exploration and development opportunities in Colombia and Latin America.

Target audience


Executives and technical staff of  liquid fuel wholesale and lubricant distributors and oil & gas exploration, production, transportation and distribution companies.

National, subnational and municipal government officials.

Professionals of the oil and energy sector.

Executives and technical staff in oil service and complementary service companies.

Natural gas company executives.

Geologists and geophysicists.

Members of Academia and key opinion leaders.

Economic professional associations.

Students enrolled in Petroleum Engineering, Geology and other similar programs.

Civil society representatives.



Colombian Oil & Gas Association  – ACP

ACP is a professional association that gathers all companies engaged in oil and gas exploration and production, as well as hydrocarbon liquid fuel wholesale and lubricant transportation and distribution in Colombia. For the past 53 years, ACP has fostered the growth, sustainability and viability of the hydrocarbon industry as a leading sector in the social and economic development of Colombia.

Cámara Colombiana de Bienes y Servicios Petroleros – CAMPETROL (Colombian Chamber of Oil Goods and Services)

Since 1988, this business chamber has gathered national and foreign capital companies that offer goods and services that enrich the Colombian oil industry’s value chain. They strive for a better business environment for their affiliates, with two fundamental goals:  regional sustainable development and energy security for Colombia.

Asociación Colombiana de Ingenieros de Petróleos – ACIPET (Colombian Association of Oil Engineers)

This professional association and Technical Advisory Body to the National Government on Hydrocarbons (as per Law 20 of 1984) has furthered the industry and protected the professional and labor interests of Colombian oil engineers for more than 54 years through activities that promote their integration and participation in the sector.

Asociación Colombiana de Geólogos y Geofísicos del Petróleo – ACGGP (Colombian Association of Oil Geologists and Geophysicists)

Created more than 50 years ago, the Colombian Association of Oil Geologists and Geophysicists gathers geologists, geophysicists and other professionals such as civil, electronic and mechanical engineers who work in the oil industry. Its goal is to share industry experiences and to carry out interdisciplinary courses, technical conferences, field visits and other technical and academic activities in relation to the exploration and production of hydrocarbons in the realm of geosciences.

Asociación Colombiana de Ingenieros – ACIEM Cundinamarca (Colombian Association of Engineers, Cundinamarca chapter)

With 61 years of existence (1957-2018), ACIEM is the Colombian Professional Association of Engineers,  serving as a Technical Advisory Body of the National Government (as per Law 51 of 1986). This organization strives for the comprehensive development of engineers and has created 10 Research Committees, made up of almost 200 professionals who contribute their knowledge to the creation of Public Policies in various sectors of the economy.