Market-entry and collaboration opportunities 

Oil & Gas

The Netherlands ranks among the top 5 upstream oil and gas suppliers and service providers, and has a large history in the upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas markets. The country’s broad expertise has enabled it to become a platform for technology development and innovation in areas such as engineering, manufacturing, inspection, maintenance, drilling, seismic research, transport and installation, decommissioning, heavy-lifting, safety, education, and shipbuilding. Not only are Dutch companies active all over the world, relying on their technology, innovative solutions, and expertise to operating effectively in the most challenging circumstances, they excel in competitive markets where efficiency, safety, and sustainability are critical success factors.

The similarities between the Gulf of Mexico and the North Sea offers great opportunities for cooperation between the Dutch and Mexican oil and gas companies. While Dutch companies have been active in the Mexican oil and gas industry for decades, the combination of the changing challenges facing the industry and the opening of the sector to private operators, is fueling a growing interest in pursuing business opportunities and strategic partnerships in the Mexican market. The Dutch Energy Association is destined to serve as a catalyst for the successful cooperation between key players in the Dutch and Mexican oil and gas industries.


With a naval history dating back to the 15th century, and an economy built on overseas trade, the Netherlands has a well-known maritime sector with a strong presence in the global energy sector. With areas of expertise ranging from ports, dredging, shipbuilding, and ship operation, to offshore services, and maritime suppliers, The Netherlands has a comprehensive value proposition that is aligned with Mexico’s evolving and growing maritime needs. Not only are Dutch companies positioned among the global leaders in delivering innovative solutions to the international maritime markets, they also have strong proven track record in the offshore oil and gas industry.

There are many business opportunities for Dutch companies in the Mexican maritime industry, given the country’s privileged geographic location between the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific ocean, the direct connection between the port of Rotterdam and Veracruz, Mexico’s growing port infrastructure needs, and the opening of the country’s oil and gas industry. At this moment, several Dutch companies successfully active in the Mexican maritime industry. The Dutch Energy Association offer a platform for Dutch companies with an interest in expanding their presence in the Mexican maritime sector, while also offering opportunities for Mexican companies seeking partnerships to operate in the Dutch or international market.


Since the opening of the country’s electricity market in 2004, Dutch consumers have been able to select their energy supplier with the industry regulator ensuring fair practices and tariffs, a scenario that Mexico is ultimately moving towards following the opening of its electricity market. The market opening transformed the consumers’ role in the energy market, but was slow to alter the country’s energy mix. In its effort to bridge the gap in its progress towards meeting the 14% renewable energy target in 2020, The Netherlands are currently investing in offshore and onshore wind, as well as solar and biomass, supporting a flourishing business community driving the country’s electricity sector.

The combination of the Energy Reform, Mexico’s economic growth, a changing energy mix, and the country’s abundant renewable energy resources, make the country an attractive destination for ambitious Dutch energy sector players. Given that both Mexico and The Netherlands have ambitious energy targets and aim accelerate the development of sustainable, reliable and affordable energy systems, the Dutch Energy Association will encourage cooperation between Mexican and Dutch business communities in areas ranging from electricity infrastructure and smart grids to wind, solar, and geothermal energy, and biomass.