The largest energy gathering in North America is taking place in Houston, Texas this week and Alberta’s premier and energy minister are there.
Rachel Notley and Marq Mccuaig-Boyd left Sunday for the week-long event where they will be meeting with energy executives and policy makers to highlight investment opportunities in Alberta’s oil and gas sector. They’ll also be promoting the province’s Climate Leadership Plan.
“Missions like this are critical to build face-to-face connections with key players around the world, support our oil and gas industry and create new opportunities,” Notley said in a news release.
Notley will also have a chance to talk with foreign leaders about her government’s push to get our oil to tidewater. Energy leaders from around the world will be at CERAWeek.
One industry analyst says it’s a good move by the premier to follow up last week’s trade visit to Washington, D.C. with an appearance at the energy conference.
“This one-two punch of being able to connect with key folks from around the world and in the United States is critical and kudos to her for making the effort to go. Normally just the energy minister goes and sort of is just a voice lost in the crowd, ” said Bill Whitelaw, CEO of June Warren Nickle’s Energy Group.
“When the premier of a major energy-producing jurisdiction shows up people will take notice and you’ll see the coverage reflect that in terms of the way it’s covered, not only by the trade press but by the mainstream business press as well.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will also make an appearance at the conference.
Last year Alberta supplied about 34 per cent of U.S. crude oil imports and almost all U.S. imports of natural gas.
The trip follows the premier’s trip to Washington last week to talk trade.
The premier’s office says the estimated cost for the premier, three political staff, one public servant and a security detail is approximately $48,400 for the week in Houston. It says the estimate includes the carbon offsets that were purchased for each member of the delegation.
With files from The Canadian Press