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Aberdeen and Ciudad del Carmen: two cities with a lot of energy

PA Consulting’s work in Mexico and our participation in the Mexican Petroleum Congress event is mentioned in an op-ed written by Corin Robertson, the British Ambassador to Mexico. The English translation is featured below.

Click here to read the full article in Spanish

Before arriving in Mexico, I was convinced that the experience, talent and collaboration of our countries can generate favorable conditions for the economic development of both. I am impressed to see that, although we are separated by an ocean, we have more in common than we think.

One of the similarities that I have seen, and that has great relevance in the agenda of both nations, is in the energy sector. Both nations have, on the one hand, a strong oil industry that provides resources and jobs to our economies. On the other hand, both Mexico and the United Kingdom face the challenge of the transition to clean energy sources with responsibility. We know that it is a complex process, and that is why we have decided to accompany Mexico along the way.

In the United Kingdom, the city of Aberdeen in Scotland is the oil capital of Europe, thanks to the extensive provision of crude oil extracted from the North Sea. Industries related to oil and gas are the largest sources of wealth in the city. And they are also a source of pride, because, although it is not about the cleanest energy, the British energy sector leads the global effort to have extractive industries that are transparent, responsible and seeking the transition to a low carbon economy through investment in new technologies and research. In Mexico, Ciudad del Carmen, in Campeche, stands out as an important center of operations for the exploitation of hydrocarbons most important in Mexico, and with this, has the potential to be the city that leads the modernization of the Mexican energy sector, just as Aberdeen.

Thanks to the series of activities carried out by the British Embassy in this sector, ranging from seminars on knowledge transfer and technical assistance, to commercial missions, Mexico and the United Kingdom have become strategic partners. This year we have decided to further strengthen our cooperation ties in the sector, so that, within the framework of the Mexican Petroleum Congress, a Memorandum of Understanding will be signed between both cities, with the aim of continuing to promote cooperation and development for the benefit of the hydrocarbons sector.

With the support of the British Embassy in Mexico and the Economic Development Secretariat of the State of Campeche, this agreement will strengthen commercial relations between companies in both cities, promoting the transfer of technology and knowledge to increase investment opportunities in the region.

British participation in the Mexican Petroleum Congress, through our Department of International Trade has been key in efforts to support British companies seeking to enter the Mexican market, or expand their existing activities. Such is the case of companies such as Lloyd's Register, Whittaker, ERM, Aggreko, Expro, London Offshore Consultants and PA Consulting, which in recent years have achieved important achievements in the sector.

As a British Ambassador and representative of a country with one of the most advanced energy sectors in the world, we are proud of the valuable exchange of experiences that we have catalyzed with Mexico in recent years. I am sure that these collaborations will continue to strengthen the modernization of the sector and the friendship that exists between Mexico and the United Kingdom. For our part, we will continue to use mechanisms such as the International Climate Fund, the Prosperity Fund, the Chevening Scholarships and the Newton Fund to help make this a reality.

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