The cities of Villahermosa and Aberdeen signed a MOU this week around how the two “World Energy Cities” can work towards common goals, particularly in energy matters.

Councillor John Reynolds, the Depute Provost of Aberdeen, and Gerardo Gaudiano, the Mayor of Villahermosa in the southern Tabasco state, signed the agreement for three years, according to a press release.

Councillor John Reynolds (left) and Gerardo Gaudiano (right)

Building Joint Relations

“I am certain that we will foster commercial missions and share experiences. We will build joint relations between our public and private sector entities,” said Gaudiano during the signing ceremony. Councillor Reynolds said that both cities can learn from what the other is good at, and share information to improve.

In a recent press release announcing the development, Aberdeen City Council highlighted subsea technology, drilling services and efficiencies as three key elements which companies hailing from the Scottish city can offer Mexico’s hydrocarbon sector. It said that Aberdeen is expected to benefit from increasing opportunities in the Mexican oil and gas industry.

World Energy Cities

The signing of the MoU was part of a longer visit by representatives from the Scottish city, who met with operators, engineering contractors and training companies in a trip timed to coincide with PECOM (Petroleum Exhibition and Conference of Mexico.) Its aim was to support the World Energy Cities Partnership initiative, a non-profit organization whose 19 member cities are globally recognized as international energy capitals.

Often called the “Oil Capital of Europe,” Aberdeenshire dominates the British oil and gas industry. It was home to an estimated 32,500 jobs directly related to the petroleum sector in 2014; 65 percent of the total in the country.

Similarly, Villahermosa is pivotal to Mexico’s oil and gas industry, with almost all the country’s oil production and over 90 percent of natural gas produced within 200km of the city. 


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