Halifax and Aberdeen, Scotland Strengthen Ties through Renewed MOU

October 5, 2017

Halifax, NS –  Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) and the city of Aberdeen, Scotland signed a renewed agreement on October 4, 2017,  to continue to pursue opportunities in the energy, IT, ocean, education and tourism sectors.

Halifax Mayor Mike Savage and the Lord Provost of Aberdeen Barney Crockett signed the memorandum of understanding (MOU) during the World Energy Cities Partnership (WECP) Annual General Meeting held in Halifax this week. 

“Halifax has had a relationship with Aberdeen for over 35 years,” said Halifax Mayor Mike Savage. “This renewed agreement between our two cities will continue to strengthen our international partnership and enable us to explore new cultural and economic opportunities that will generate business, jobs and growth for both our cities.”

Halifax is currently working with various multi-nationals who are advancing offshore exploration and developing the unique tidal energy sector, while Aberdeen is looking to export its advanced sector knowledge and technology used in exploration and production.

Lord Provost Crockett and a delegation from Aberdeen were in Halifax this week participating in the WECP’s 20th AGM. The City of Halifax and the Halifax Partnership hosted over 60 mayors, economic development and business delegates from 14 cities.

“Aberdeen and Halifax have particularly close ties, strengthened in recent years by the energy industry and shared business interests,” said Lord Provost Crockett. “Halifax is a priority market for Aberdeen’s companies and our region. Through our partnership, our cities are able to identify export opportunities and organize trade missions to meet business demands.”

In September, the Province of Nova Scotia led a delegation to Aberdeen for the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Offshore Europe Conference & Exhibition, one of the UK’s largest exploration and production events dedicated solely to the oil and gas industry. During the mission, Nova Scotia delegates were hosted by Lord Provost Crockett and had the opportunity to meet with WECP members.

“Partnerships like this are a pathway to prosperity for both our regions,” said Nova Scotia Energy Minister Geoff MacLellan. “The sharing of information and experience ensures we put our best foot forward in a highly competitive sector as we work with industry to make the most of our resource opportunities for companies in Nova Scotia and Scotland.”

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About the World Energy Cities Partnership

Established in 1995, the WECP is a non-profit organization whose 19 member cities are globally recognized as international energy capitals. The WECP is headquartered in Houston, Texas and members are in Halifax for the Annual General Meeting. Mayor Savage is the organization’s current president.



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Halifax Partnership
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