September 29, 2016 12:33 am

Alta. energy minister heads to Mexico to grow energy-related trade, enhance cooperation on emissions reductions

Minister of Energy Marg McCuaig-Boyd.

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Energy Minister Margaret McCuaig-Boyd says she hopes to open “new markets for Alberta resources and our companies” when she embarks on a trade and climate policy mission in Mexico Thursday.

“Albertans have extensive experience in responsible and sustainable energy development and I will advocate for our companies looking to expand to the south,” McCuaig-Boyd said in a statement Wednesday.

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The energy minister is scheduled to be in Mexico City until Monday where she will meet with both government and business officials to discuss a number of energy-related issues.

During her visit, McCuaig-Boyd will sign a memorandum of understanding with the Mexican Energy Secretariat, in order to formalize the province’s burgeoning relationship with the country and to share best practices on issues like greenhouse gas and methane emissions reductions, electricity and renewable power and the development of heavy oil and unconventional resources.

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According to the government, the total cost of McCuaig-Boyd’s visit will be $15,300. The price tag also includes the cost of sending a political staff member and two public servants to accompany the minister.

The province said the trip will “set the stage” for the Mexico Midstream Mission taking place Oct. 4-5, which will see over 20 Alberta midstream energy companies meet with Mexican officials and businesses to talk about opportunities for developing energy infrastructure across the continent.

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