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Minister Oliver Concludes Successful Mission to Mexico

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 02/19/14 -- Natural Resources Canada

Canada's Natural Resources Minister, the Honourable Joe Oliver, today concluded his official visit to Mexico, where he promoted Canada's position as a safe, secure and reliable supplier of energy to the world. Minister Oliver travelled to Mexico from February 17 to 19, 2014.

During his trip, Minister Oliver highlighted Canada's status as an energy and resource superpower. His activities included:

--  attending the North American Leaders' Summit in Toluca, Mexico;
--  meeting with senior government officials, including Juan Jose Guerra
    Abud, Mexico's Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources, and Pedro
    Joaquin Coldwell, Mexico's Secretary of Energy
--  chairing a roundtable discussion with Canadian businesses operating in
    Mexico;
--  delivering remarks at an event organized by the Canadian Chamber of
    Commerce Mexico, together with the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of
    International Trade;
--  announcing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Natural Resources
    Canada and the Government of Mexico's National Forest Commission; this
    MOU will establish a framework for wildfire resource and information
    sharing between Canada and Mexico, and is intended to improve emergency
    response to wild fires in both countries; and
--  highlighting the early results of Canadian technology and best practice
    demonstrations at a Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) facility in Mexico -
    innovations that could reduce GHG emissions to the equivalent of taking
    280,000 cars off the roads.

Quick Facts

--  Under the Canada-Mexico Partnership, the two countries have agreed to an
    MOU "for the Exchange of Wildland Fire Management Resources between
    Canadian and Mexican Participants," which was developed in response to
    the increased frequency and intensity of wildland fire events in both
    countries.
--  The Government of Canada has partnered with Canadian private sector
    firms and PEMEX to develop approaches to mitigate the environmental
    impact of the oil and gas industry. A Canadian technology demonstration
    in collaboration with PEMEX has identified an opportunity to reduce
    carbon dioxide emissions by more than 1.3 million tonnes annually. The
    operational savings of such technologies at the PEMEX test facilities
    are valued at $257 million dollars per year. There is a potential to
    replicate this project across PEMEX operations.
--  The Mexican energy sector offers significant opportunities for Canadian
    suppliers of technologies as well as service companies to enhance their
    partnerships in Mexico and support the development of a productive and
    responsible energy sector in Mexico.

Quote

"Canada continues to achieve impressive progress in trade, investment, innovation and scientific collaboration with Mexico. We see significant opportunity to expand on this important relationship through greater energy cooperation."

Joe Oliver

Canada's Minister of Natural Resources

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--  Canada Collaborates With Mexico to Lessen Impact of Oil and Gas
    Development
--  Exchange of Wildland Fire Management Resources Between Canada and Mexico

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