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Natural Resources Canada

March 14, 2012

KUWAIT CITY — The Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, wrapped up his trip to Kuwait today, where he attended the International Energy Forum, the world’s largest gathering of energy ministers, representing 90 percent of global oil and gas supply and demand. The two-day event brought together heads of national and international oil companies, as well as representatives of major international organizations.

In his remarks to the general assembly yesterday, Minister Oliver took the opportunity to highlight Canada’s important contribution to global energy security as a global energy superpower among the world’s other leading oil and gas producers. In view of the current concerns with possible supply disruptions in the region, the Minister underlined Canada’s role as a secure and reliable energy supplier.

He also emphasized Canada’s position on the Fuel Quality Directive (FQD).

“Any policies that discriminate against oil sands will impede the free flow of global oil supplies and are detrimental to overall energy security,” the Minister said. “For example, implementation of the draft European Fuel Quality Directive could have significant and unintended consequences for the world oil supply to the extent that it introduces discriminatory and non-science-based impediments to global energy markets.”

Minister Oliver highlighted the Government’s Integrated Plan for Oil Sands Monitoring as a recent example of Canada’s commitment to environmental protection and the responsible development of the oil sands.

The Minister also reinforced Canada’s position on the FQD in meetings with several key European ministers and senior officials, including those from the European Union, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Poland and Belgium. He provided his counterparts with letters on Canada’s position, which will also be sent to all European Union Energy and Environment Ministers following the Forum and will be released publicly.

While oil and gas were the focus of the Forum, the Minister also took the opportunity to stress Canada’s investment in the development and deployment of clean energy technologies such as carbon capture and storage and smart grids.

These technologies help position Canada as one of the very few countries in the world that benefits from both modern industrial and services sectors and a robust commodity sector, with great opportunities to diversify its markets, especially in the Asia–Pacific region.

The Minister also took the opportunity to meet with his counterparts from major oil producing countries, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Algeria and Kuwait, to share views on oil and gas markets and on investment and trade opportunities.

Acknowledging Canada’s determination to expand its export markets in Asia while promoting investment in Canada, the Minister met with the Minister of Korea and executives from Mitsubishi.

“Our Asia-Pacific Gateway will be the fastest way to ship goods, including energy, between North America and Asia, and diversifying our export markets remains a key strategic objective for Canada,” said Minister Oliver.  

Minister Oliver's letter on Canada's position on the FQD to Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Energyof the European Union,can be found at:

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