By DARA BUTTERFIELD
Robert Gordon University (RGU) and the Government of Mexico have signed an agreement collaborate in ‘areas of strategic significance in oil and gas’.
The deal will see the Secretariat of Energy in Mexico (SENER) and the university share experience in relation to energy policy and educational developments in support of the oil and gas industry in Mexico and the UK.
The agreement follows a state visit to Aberdeen by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in March 2015, during which he visited Robert Gordon University and was provided with an insight into knowledge transfer and education for the energy sector in the UK.
Professor Paul de Leeuw, Director of RGU’s Oil and Gas Institute, led a reciprocal visit to Mexico earlier this month where he delivered the keynote speech at the Sustainable Energy Fund Conference on ‘innovation and new business opportunities in the oil and gas sector’. In his presentation he shared his insights on the opportunities arising from the deregulation of the energy market in the country.
During the visit, he also met with a wide range of government organisations, research institutes and industry representatives to discuss experiences from the industry in North West Europe and to discuss emerging opportunities.
Mexico’s offshore oil and gas industry shares many of the same deep-sea operational and technological issues as the North Sea and the Scottish Government is keen to help Scotland’s supply-chain industry expand into international markets such as this.
Leonardo Beltrán, Mexico’s Deputy Secretary of Planning and Energy Transition, commented: “We are delighted to announce the signing of this agreement with RGU. The university has a well-established reputation in oil and gas education and training and we look forward to collaborating in the future.”
Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, Principal of RGU, added: “International links are very important for universities and so I am very pleased that RGU will be able to contribute to the discussions around the deregulation of the energy market in Mexico and help support the training of the next generation of oil and gas workers.”
The agreement will see the Secretariat of Energy in Mexico and RGU sharing knowledge and experience through meetings and conferences and seeking opportunities to support the training of Mexican personnel for the oil and gas industry.