Leading Mexican agency sharing best practices in oil sector at workshop

− workshop a collaboration between Mexican Embassy and Government of Guyana

− industrial safety and environmental regulation of oil and gas sector best practices to be shared

− regulatory certainty important to building oil and gas sector  

DPI, Guyana, Monday, October 1, 2018

The Embassy of Mexico in collaboration with the Government of Guyana is hosting a two and a half-day workshop. This will see the Mexican Agency for Safety, Energy and the Environment (ASEA) sharing lessons learnt and regulatory insights for Guyana’s extractive sector, specifically in the areas of the oil and gas.

The training will give participants an overview of empirical findings regarding industrial safety and environmental regulation of the oil and gas industry based on a Risk Management Model developed by ASEA, the main regulator of the Mexican oil industry.

Executive Director, Carlos de Regules said with the management of over 300 oil platforms, six refineries above 60,000km of pipeline, over 100 oil and gas storage facilities and four years of experience in the sector, there is a lot Guyana can learn from.

Since commencing operations, de Regules said, 107 contracts have been awarded, US$200B committed for future investment and 74 companies from over 20 countries have visited Mexico to seek investment opportunities.

“Our lesson four years later is that regulatory certainty is a good deal for the industry. This is what we have found out and we have been working closely with different stakeholders to build these regulations,” he noted.

ASEA has worked with the United States, the United Kingdom, Norway, Canada and other major oil producing countries, and adopted many best practices.

Dr. Mark Bynoe, Head of the Department of Energy, described the exchange of information as timely as Guyana works to build capacity in terms of predictability and regulations in the emerging sector.

“It is important that as we go forward, while we cannot eradicate risks, we develop the framework in which it can be managed,” he pointed out.

Also delivering remarks was Head of the Department of Environment, Ndibi Schwiers, who noted that the workshop is important to building South-South cooperation and will enable Guyana to better understand the environmental safeguards and regulatory regime that Mexico has incorporated in advancing the industry, “even as we [Guyana] work towards developing our capacity to regulate and to monitor the sector.”

The workshop was declared open by Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman and remarks were also given by the newly appointed Head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Dr. Vincent Adams.

Some 35 participants from the Ministry of the Presidency, Ministry of Natural Resources, EPA, Department of Environment, Department of Energy, Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), Guyana Lands and Survey Commission (GL&SC), the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD), the Guyana Oil Company (GUYOIL), Conservation International, University of Guyana (UG) and the private sector will take part in the sessions. 

Stacy Carmichael.

Images: Jameel Mohamed.

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