At the opening of
the “Mexico-Argentina Seminar on Natural Gas, Compressed Natural Gas and
Secondary Recovery", the Secretary of Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo
Villarreal, said that "the basis for entrepreneurs can invest, grow,
create jobs and we can continue repositioning Mexico as a platform in the
world, through new doors and relationships, are being created”.
He said that
"Today, as a mature country, we know that the Mexican foreign investment
is the spearhead of the interests of Mexico".
He commented that
in 2028, the consumption of Mexico, in terms of natural gas, is estimated at 12
billion cubic feet per day, and meet this demand requires great efforts.
"Within the projects of the National Infrastructure Plan, there are
consolidated 18 projects to be completed by 2018 for six thousand linear
kilometers that will enable us to bring gas to many places that did not have
the possibility of industrial development before".
Villarreal said that "now, for us, it is crucial to understand that the
Energy Reform gives us new opportunities for participation in gas: marketing,
besides the business opportunity that now reflects the possibility of storage,
transport, distribution and marketing, are fields that were not previously
allowed for the Mexican private sector".
He added that
"the gas is, undoubtedly, a key opportunity to give greater
competitiveness and productivity not only for the energy sector but for all
sectors that impact the value chain".
The Secretary of
Economy said on secondary recovery opportunities, currently with the known
deposits in the national territory, it is estimated a volume of oil of about
265 million barrels, which are being removed only 16 percent, mainly through
He stressed that
one of the constants of the President of the Republic has been reset a deep
relationship with Argentina; regain confidence in Brazil; resume a policy of
rapprochement with Asia; and reestablish the relationship with China, with whom
we certainly have some trade disputes, but the potential for the future is high,
since it represents the second world power and Mexico cannot ignore this
Máximo Vedoya, CEO
of Ternium Mexico, stressed "the importance of the Energy Reform for
Mexico, which will have a profound impact and of a very long-term for the
competitiveness, which has been an extraordinary success of the
He noted that
"Mexico and Argentina share the need to strengthen its industrial base,
making joint efforts between governments and the private sector to try to
empower the small and medium-sized enterprises”.
The Minister of
Industry of Argentina Débora Giorgi, said that the resources that represent
opportunities for both countries are: development of binational suppliers, the
replacement of imports from third origins, reciprocal investments, agreements
between "anchor companies", diversification of bilateral trade,
transfer, use of technology and standardization and harmonization of standards;
and, technical requirements. In this regard, he stressed the Latin American
potential in gas and hydrocarbons.
She explained that
in the field of energy “there is much to do and with these meetings progress is
made, because there is something very important: will of state, but, in
particular, the creativity of men of small and medium-sized enterprises and of
contractors involved in these rounds of negotiations".
For his part, the
Undersecretary of Industry and Trade of the Secretariat of Economy (SE, by its
initials in Spanish), Rogelio Garza Garza, said that the panels and workshops
will take place in the seminar "will serve as a suitable space to explore
the prospects and opportunities technology offers the use of compressed natural
gas in the automotive industry, a sector that has witnessed a rapid development
in recent times in our country; as well as the applicable regulatory framework
in Mexico for that purpose".
The event was
attended by Celina Villarreal Cárdenas, Secretary of Economic Development of
Nuevo León, representing the Governor Rodrigo Medina de la Cruz, as well as the
Chief of the SE in Nuevo León, Enrique Martínez y Morales.
Subsequently, the Secretary
Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal held a dialogue with the Minister of Industry of
Argentina, Débora Giorgi.