|By Marketwired .||
|February 19, 2014 09:59 PM EST||
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.
-- 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.
"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."
Canada's Minister of Natural Resources
-- 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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