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MEXICO - Energy & Mining

Felisa Ros

Country Manager, Engie México, Managing Director, Networks-GBU Americas

Bio

Felisa Ros is a civil engineer with 25 years of experience in the global energy sector. Throughout her career, she has held pivotal roles in natural gas distribution, power plant operations, and international leadership across multiple countries. In 2022, she made history by becoming the first woman to lead ENGIE’s largest subsidiary in Mexico. She currently serves as Country Manager & Head of Transportation & Distribution Natural Gas Business Operations at ENGIE Mexico. Felisa was also appointed Vice President of Support Areas for the SouthAM Region.

"We are focused on the development of the gas infrastructure including distribution and transport—that is the priority together with biomethane."
ENGIE is focused on offering clean and reliable energy solutions as part of its goal as a trusted partner in Mexico’s energy transition.
What are the main challenges in the Mexican energy market?

ENGIE México is dedicated to addressing the key challenges in the Mexican energy market. We navigate regulatory changes by fostering collaboration with government stakeholders. Grid integration and renewable energy are pivotal focuses, ensuring a stable, diverse energy mix. These challenges encompass supply security, infrastructure development, energy diversification, environmental concerns, regulatory stability, competition, technological innovation, and community engagement. We are fully committed to overcoming these challenges by promoting sustainability, innovation, and collaboration in Mexico’s energy market. We aim to be a trusted partner in the country’s energy transition, offering clean and reliable energy solutions that drive economic growth and protect the environment.

What investments is Engie making toward diversifying its portfolio?

ENGIE Mexico has a very well diversified portfolio in Mexico. We firmly believe in the interplay and complementary nature of different energy sources and technologies in achieving a balanced, reliable, and environmentally friendly energy ecosystem. We are a major player in the Mexican energy market, with a strong focus on natural gas reliability, serving eight regions across the country. The company is deeply involved in gas transportation and distribution, aligning with the government’s emphasis on southeastern development. They highlight the importance of natural gas as a transition fuel in Mexico’s energy transition, with a diverse supply from local production and competitive imports. ENGIE has 25 years of experience and a significant presence in eight regions. We have made substantial investments in renewable energy, constructing seven energy parks for solar and wind power, with plans for further growth in renewables. ENGIE also operates efficient cogeneration plants in Monterrey and Altamira, providing both steam and electricity. Additionally, we are actively engaged in biomethane projects, leveraging international expertise, particularly in France, and focusing on reducing carbon emissions and supporting local economies. The company is working on green hydrogen projects, with plans to apply them in Mexico’s energy landscape. ENGIE is committed to contributing to the country’s growth, supporting the energy sector, and reducing emissions through its extensive experience and innovative solutions.

What is your strategy to face political obstacles around this matter?

Our strategy to address political obstacles is centered on collaboration, adaptability, transparency, community engagement, and a focus on the long-term benefits for Mexico. We are poised to move forward with our project development as we wait for the most favorable conditions. Recognizing the demand for green energy from our clients, we anticipate that nearshoring will attract investments to the industrial sector, fostering sustainable production for global exports. While we acknowledge the current need for regulatory stability, we believe this is only a temporary phase. ENGIE’s enduring presence in Mexico, having navigated numerous administrations, crises, and regulatory shifts, reflects our resilience. These investments are long-term commitments, underpinned by our confidence in Mexico’s resources, its people, and its promising growth trajectory.

What are Engie’s investments for the coming year?

We are focused on the development of the gas infrastructure including distribution and transport—that is the priority together with biomethane. There are interesting projects ongoing with the government to expand the gas pipeline and increase its capacity, and we hope to work on those projects in 2024. These projects are mostly based in the Yucatan Peninsula and aim to double the capacity of the gas pipelines there. This is currently in the development stages and looks set to be an interesting project because it will ultimately provide cheaper electricity for the peninsula, which is vital for investors. The development of industries requires more capacity and gas. We have also been present in Mérida for 20 years focusing on energy generation, though we are now focused on growing in the peninsula and southeast. Natural gas will play a key role in the energy transition because it still is the easiest fuel to store and transport efficiently. Green nitrogen is also an option, and we plan to continue to work on this.

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