Latin America and the Caribbean figure prominently in Royal Dutch Shell's inaugural LNG Outlook.
Lenin Moreno, the protégé of leftist President Rafael Correa, seeks to avoid a run-off.
Helder Queiroz, a former director of Brazil's hydrocarbons regulator ANP, spoke to BNamericas about the return of bid rounds. In 2017, the country will hold the 14th bid round and a pre-salt auction, which are great opportunities to attract investments, according to Queiroz.
The Spanish firm will invest close to US$300mn in a Chile LNG terminal expansion; and expects Latin America to far outpace the world in terms of gas demand growth.