Canada’s NEB Signs MOU With Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission

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The National Energy Board (NEB) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission — Comisión Reguladora de Energía (CRE) — to guide ongoing collaboration and the exchange of technical and regulatory information.

“We are pleased to enhance our relationship with our Mexican counterparts,” says Peter Watson, NEB chair and CEO. “This agreement strengthens the foundations for a meaningful and sustained dialogue on pipeline safety between our two countries”

With a view of promoting regulatory excellence in both countries, the MOU provides a framework for the two organizations to share experiences, lessons learned and best practices on subjects such as pipeline safety, damage prevention, safety culture, transparency and communications.

“The signing of the MoU between Mexico’s Energy Regulatory Commission and the National Energy Board of Canada deepens the standing partnership between our regulators,” says Guillermo Ignacio García Alcocer, CRE chairman. “I am confident our expanded collaboration plans will accelerate the exchange and adoption of regulatory best practices, and strengthen our bilateral ties in the context of greater North American energy integration.”

The announcement takes place on the margins of the Conference of Montreal of the International Economic Forum of the Americas, which welcomes hundreds of leaders from business, government academia, trade unions and civil society between June 12-15.

At the conference, Josée Touchette, the NEB’s COO, will participate in a roundtable discussion on the challenges to energy infrastructure regulators with her counterparts from Mexico and the United States (Alejandro Chanona Robles, director general, Comisión Reguladora de Energía, and Alan Mayberry, assistant administrator, U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Agency).

“Regulatory excellence is not a one-time exercise. We continually assess what we do and how we do it to look for improvements to raise the bar even higher,” Touchette says. “The exercise includes looking for best practices and sharing lessons learned with our international counterparts.”

MOUs are non-legally binding documents that express commitments. The NEB works closely with many well-established forums and agencies such as the International Energy Agency, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the International Regulators Forum and the Arctic Council, and Arctic Offshore Regulator’s Forum. Follow this link for a complete list of MOUs signed by the NEB.

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