As announced during the 2nd meeting of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas in Mérida, Mexico by the Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, Canada hosted the 4th meeting of the Heavy Oil Working Group (HOWG) on September 22nd, 2015 in Bogotá, Colombia.
Canadian Ambassador Carmen Sylvain and Frank Des Rosiers, Assistant Deputy Minister, Natural Resources Canada provided opening remarks to begin the meeting. Both emphasized the importance of a forum for dialogue on heavy oil issues that could identify the challenges and opportunities for the sector as well as seek solutions. The meeting provided an opportunity to strengthen a collaborative network within the region and gain a greater understanding of the potential of heavy oil.
The 4th HOWG meeting had the following objectives:
The meeting included a combination of presentations, questions and answer periods to foster discussion on particular issues and was moderated by Eduardo Sánchez, Senior Climate Change Advisor, Colombia Ministry of Mines & Energy, Frank Des Rosiers, Assistant Deputy Minister, Natural Resources Canada and Rodrigo Hernández Ordoñez, Deputy Director General, Mexico Secretariat of Energy (SENER).
Please note that the 4th HOWG was held as part of the Heavy Oil Latin America (HOLA) Exhibition & Conference, which took place at the Bogotá Sheraton from September 23-25, 2015.
Welcome and Introduction
Frank Des Rosiers, Assistant Deputy Minister, Natural Resources Canada. See presentation, here.
Trends & Challenges in Heavy Oil Markets:
Rodolfo Guzman, Latin America Managing Partner, Arthur D. Little. See presentation, here.
Session 1: Improving Heavy Oil Production through Solvent Conservation and Mitigation of Emissions Country Chair: Colombia, Eduardo Sánchez, Senior Climate Change Advisor, Colombian Ministry of Mines & Energy
Session 2: Challenges with the Production of Heavier Crudes
Session 3: Environmental Remediation: Responding to On-shore and Offshore Heavy Oil Spills
See event agenda, here.
See event photo gallery, here.