A binational Burgos Basin energy consortium is being created and organizers are looking for members from south Texas and northeastern Mexico to join.
A conference was held at Texas A&M International University in Laredo on Friday to explore the concept and the next step is to meet with United States and Mexico officials in March to confirm the name of group.
In his opening remarks, City of Laredo Mayor Pete Saenz said the recent Mexican energy reforms have potentially created “a huge, economic game changing dynamic for border communities.”
Saenz said the reforms provide South Texas an opportunity to become leaders in the marketing and supply of various goods, materials and services to Mexico, in addition to becoming leaders in the exploration, development, production, transportation and marketing of hydrocarbons from the Burgos Basin.
“In an effort to attract large scale corporate investment, we need to identify ourselves as a unified region that spans nearly 300-350 border miles and which contains and offers multiple resources some of which include: our vehicular/commercial bridges and rail bridges, our seaports, airports, industrial park acreage and manufacturing plants; our customs, warehousing, logistics, transportation and trade experience.” Saenz said.
“Just as importantly, our region offers an abundant understanding and appreciation of the Mexican culture, its language, customs and business traditions.”
In addition to Saenz, leaders attending the TAMIU event included Webb County Judge Tano Tijerina, TAMIU President Ray Keck, TAMIU Provost Pablo Arenaz, Ofelia Garza of CANACINTRA; Javier Solis, secretary of economic development for Nuevo Laredo, Guillermo Dominguez Vargas, of the Comisión Nacional de Hidrocarburos in Mexico, and Maria Calderón-Porter, assistant vice president for global initiatives at TAMIU.
Calderón-Porter, who is also director of the Binational Center at TAMIU, discussed the idea of setting up a consortium when making a presentation at the 21st Annual U.S.-Mexico Border Energy Forum in Monterrey last October. She said she would like to see binational, bicultural and bilingual energy industry workers transfer seamlessly from the Eagle Ford Shale to the Cuenca de Burgos.
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