About us

Plata Energy is an Upstream O&G consulting company focused on the Americas. Our team is comprised of seasoned geoscientists, engineers, energy economists, data scientists, political scientists and management consultants, bilingual and with advanced degrees. Present in Calgary, Houston, México, Bogotá, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and Madrid, we offer a unique blend of skills, international and corporate experiences.

Our integrated technical and commercial practices cover geosciences, exploration, conventional, unconventional and offshore field development, operations, IOR, optimization, supply chain and M&A, linking science and technology with management and finance to offer tailored solutions.  We connect investors to opportunities, and beyond supporting M&A technical/operational/commercial due diligence, we assist in post-merger integration strategy, reorganization and portfolio realignment.

Our data analytics transform oilfield data into business solving tools.  Because we understand processes, organization and talent, we bring about transformation and cultural change to ensure that the new tools and workflows are embedded and used.

We offer guidance on country entry, growth strategies and target screening in the conventional, unconventional and deepwater realms.  We know the assets, the players, and the related political and regulatory frameworks, infrastructure, logistics and supply chains.

We help National Oil Companies and Government Agencies in their own transformation and performance improvement by benchmarking and streamlining organization, processes, decision-making, contractual, fiscal and regulatory terms, validation and analysis of national reserves and resources, and licensing tender design and management.

Technology, knowledge transfer, teaching and mentoring are also in our DNA, and we offer a wide range of technical, commercial and management in-house tailored training short courses and targeted troubleshooting workshops.

Plata Energy, the Americas O&G specialists and the one-stop-shop for your upstream consulting needs.

Meet Our Team

Thirteen partners combining over four centuries of management, technical and regional expertise.

Carlos Garibaldi

Houston – Buenos Aires

Pet Eng / MSc / MBA / M&A Banker, Mgmt Cons
Consulting focus

Strategic planning; portfolio optimization; M&A&D; exploration new ventures; economic and financial feasibility studies; energy policy; decision-making processes; negotiations; organization.

Professional background

Prior to cofounding Plata Energy, Carlos worked in  engineering, commercial and executive positions in Amoco, Plains Resources, San Jorge,  Chevron, cofounded G&G Energy Consultants, Tecpetrol, Ecopetrol, Harrison Lovegrove, Standard Chartered Bank, HSBC and Arthur D. Little, focused on the Americas.

Education

BSc in Chemical Engineering (U de Buenos Aires, Argentina), MSc Petroleum Engineering (U of Tulsa), and MBA (Rice U).

Max Torres

Houston – Bogotá

Geoscientist / MSc
Consulting focus

Exploration new ventures, process and management; field development; asset acquisitions.

Professional background

Max is the CEO and founder of Selva Energy and has worked in exploration and executive positions for Astra, Bridas, Repsol, and Ecopetrol, where he was VP of Exploration.  Deep experience in LatAm, Europe , North Africa, the Middle East and the FSU.

Education

BSc in Geology (U of Tucuman, Argentina), MSc In Stratigraphy (Georgia State U).

Carlos Vargas

Bogotá

Pet Eng
Consulting focus

Corporate transformation, control of capital deployment in projects, operations management, drilling, & completion.

Professional background

Carlos worked in engineering, management and executive  D&C positions in BP, Pan American Energy and Equion Energía in Colombia, Argentina, Bolivia and other world regions.  He was recently VP of Transformation for Ecopetrol, achieving US$ 3.2 B in structural and sustainable cost optimizations through three consecutive years.

Education

BSc in Petroleum Engineering (U de América, Colombia).

Oscar López Gamundi

Houston

Geoscientist / PhD
Consulting focus

Regional studies; frontier and deepwater exploration; seismic interpretation; sequence stratigraphy,  prospect generation and execution; new ventures.

Professional background

Oscar is the founder of P1Consultants and has worked in technical and managerial positions for Texaco, Chevron, Hess, C&C Energía, Ecopetrol, and Tudor-Pickering-Holt, focusing on West Africa and LatAm.

Education

BSc and PhD in Geology (U of Buenos Aires, Argentina), Postdoctoral Research Fellow (U of California at Santa Barbara), and Research Fellow (Macquarie U, Australia).

Martin Volpacchio

Buenos Aires

Data Scientist / MSc
Consulting focus

Data Analytics applied to diagnoses and preventive failure analyses, production optimization, generalized decline curves, water injection in layered reservoirs, exploration drilling; Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.  Developed ACD TM (automatic chart diagnosis), a unique solution to sucker rod pump failure prediction.

Professional background

Martin co-founded Analytics Solvers, a  pioneer in Latin America on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, consulting for several oil companies and other industries.  He was in charge of Data Analytics in Telefonica Argentina and is Professor of DA, AI and ML at the Universidad Austral, Argentina.

Education

BSc In Agricultural Engineering (U Católica Argentina) and MSc in Mathematical Economics (U de  Buenos Aires, Argentina).

Ivan Terez

Houston

Pet Eng / PhD Geosciences / MBA
Consulting focus

Exploration/appraisal and field development for onshore and offshore (shallow and deep), new ventures and assets, portfolio optimization; reservoir engineering advisory, conventional and unconventional EOR recovery, reserves management, economic and financial feasibility studies; decision-making, asset restructuring.

Professional background

Ivan is Founder and CEO of Renascent Energy  and has held management and technical advisory positions in Chevron, Eni and Casa Exploration LP.   He has broad experience in LatAm, GoM, UKNS, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan and Indonesia.

Education

BSc/MSc in Mechanical Engineering (MIPT, Russia),   MSc in Petroleum Engineering  (U of Houston), PhD in Environmental and Geosciences (Texas M&A), MBA (AFW Wirtschaftsakademie Bad Harzburg, Germany).

William Hitters

Houston

Chem Eng / MBA / MA
Consulting focus

Unconventional hydrocarbons, logistics and supply chain, in particular frac sand and water management projects.  Patented slurry-line and wet frac sand-management technology.

Professional background

William is the founder of Luxmath Consulting and has worked in technical and managerial positions for Imperial Chemical, Dow, Allied Signal, Honeywell, Advanced Organic Materials, Tenaris and Unimin in USA, Brasil and Argentina.

Education

BSc in Chemical Engineering (IT Buenos Aires, Argentina), MBA (U of Texas), MA International Relations (U of London).

Adriana Hilal

Rio de Janeiro

MBA / DSc Admin / Academic / Mgmt Cons
Consulting focus

General management; negotiations; strategic planning; decision theory; organizational behavior; leadership development; cultural change; international business and cross-cultural organizations; post-transaction M&A (post-merger integration).

Professional background

Adriana is a professor and an independent management consultant.  She was until recently the Halliburton Chair of Behavioral Studies and International Management at the COPPEAD Graduate School of Business (U Federal de Rio de Janeiro), formerly also Associate Dean, and also Global Partners Director with Georgia State U and La Sorbonne. She is trilingual English-Spanish and Portuguese.

Education

BSc in Business Administration (U Cándido Mendes, Brasil), MSc in Marketing and MBA (U Católica de Rio de Janeiro,Brasil), DSc in Administration (U Federal de Rio de Janeiro, Brasil).

Germán Forero

Calgary

Geoscientist / MSc
Consulting focus

Seismic interpretation; static and dynamic modeling; regional studies; offshore exploration; new ventures; exploration upside in asset acquisitions.

Professional background

Germán is an expert interpreter having worked for Shell, Ecopetrol, PdVSA, Schlumberger, Repsol, CGX, Aries, AGR FJ Brown, Cayros and Selva Energy in LatAm, with strong emphasis in Mexico and Colombia.

Education

BSc In Geosciences (U Nacional de Colombia), MSc Petroleum Geology (U del Zulia, Venezuela) and post-graduate degree in Project Management (IT de Monterrey, México).

Aníbal Cáceres

Buenos Aires

Production Geologist
Consulting focus

Reservoir geology, petrophysics, reserves estimation, project evaluation, development planning, field testing and completion operations; new ventures.

Professional background

Anibal has worked in multidisciplinary technical and managerial positions for YPF, Halliburton, Bridas, Petrobras and Repsol, focusing on development and reservoir geology in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

Education

BSc In Geosciences (U Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina), and post-graduate degree in Petroleum Geology (U. de Buenos Aires, Argentina).

Rafael Santamaría

Madrid

Petroleum Engineer / MSc
Consulting focus

Exploration new ventures; M&A; JVs; E&P contracts; project evaluation; financial modeling.

Professional background

Rafael has worked for Ecopetrol, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, TrustWorth Energy Partners and BP, with focus on LatAm and USA.

Education

BSc In Petroleum Engineering  (U Industrial de Santander, Colombia), MSc in Mineral and Energy Economics (Colorado School of Mines).

Verónica Caro

Houston

Political Scientist / PhD / Mgmt Cons
Consulting focus

Upstream sector policy, regulatory benchmarking, above-ground risks, sustainability and political risk; competitive landscape analysis and regional strategy; organizational transformation and communications.

Professional background

Veronica has worked for Arthur D. Little, and as a researcher and lecturer on Political Science and Public Policy at the U of Houston.

Education

BA in Government and International Relations (U del Externado, Colombia) and MSc and PhD in Political Science (U of Houston).

Libia Landaeta

Bogotá

Petrophycisist
Consulting focus

Petrophysical interpretation for exploration, development completion and recompletion, integrated field studies, static modeling, field geology, operations geology.

Professional background

Libia has worked on a senior capacity for  PdVSA, Petrotrin-Trinmar, Halliburton-Landmark, Repsol, Metapetroleum, CPVEN and Pacific Energy in Venezuela, Colombia, Brazil, Trinidad-Tobago, Mexico, and  Guatemala.

Education

BA in Geological Engineering (U. Central de Venezuela).