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Energy cooperation in North America

Oilfield Technology,

Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources is going to lead his third official visit to the US as Natural Resources Minister to Washington DC. The visit represents his fourth official meeting with Ernest Moniz, US Secretary of Energy and the first official meeting with Pedro Joaquin Coldwell, Mexico’s Secretary of Energy. This meeting will further define the trilateral priority of enhancing North American energy security and energy cooperation, and address a strategic vision for the North American energy community.

Areas of importance

Three key areas will be discussed:

  • North America data collaboration: improving information on North American energy flows and the quality, timeliness and transparency of energy data and developing continental maps of energy infrastructure.
  • Building modern and resilient energy infrastructure for North America.
  • Examining Mexico’s energy reforms, its implications for the North American energy sector and enhancing business opportunities for North American energy development.

Mexico recently executed national energy reforms and, in this context, will contribute enormously to the trilateral conversation. Minister Rickford and Secretary Moniz recently enhanced bilateral cooperation in 11 areas by signing a Memorandum of Understanding on Canada-US Energy Cooperation in Ottowa on 18 September. In October of this year the US DOE issued a Presidential Permit for a transmission line from Quebec to Queens, New York, that could supply up to 1000 Mw of clean, secure electricity to the US. The two ministers also cohosed a consultation in Ottawa contributing to the US’s Quadrennial Energy Review, the only session of its kind outside the US.

During the visit, Minister Rickford will also highlight the benefits of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Edited from press release by Claira Lloyd

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