Institutional cooperation programme on petroleum sector development MINPET – NPD, phase II


Cooperating institution
Ministry of Petroleum (MINPET)

Goals and objectives
Promote improved management of national petroleum resources as one of the tools for sustainable economic and social development in Angola. This includes improving the capability to exercise regulatory control and to develop policies and strategies ensuring better administration of the Angolan petroleum resources.

Project period

Total budget
NOK 27 million

The project consists of the following five components:

  • Regulatory framework
  • Responsibilities and organization of MINPET
  • Data management and information systems
  • Multi-sector activities
  • Angolanization and general training

Oil for Development:
Mr. Svein Heglund,

Cooperating institutions in Norway
Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD)
Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA)




Country factsMap

Official Name
Republic of Angola


Chief of state
President José Eduardo dos Santos

Head of Government
President José Eduardo dos Santos

12 799 293 (2009 est.)

Petroleum sector, key figures 1.
Average oil production: 1.88 mill bbl/day (2008)
Gas production: 10 bill m3 (2007)

Organization of the sector
Ministry of Petroleum of the Angolan Republic (MINPET)
- regulatory and supervisory body
Sociedade Nacional de Combustiveis de Angola (Sonangol)
- State-owned oil company. Sole concessionaire and partner in concession agreements and in some PSAs with international oil companies.

1 - The various countries’ petroleum sector key figures may be difficult to compare as data are collected from different sources, among others local petroleum authorities, BP Statistical Review, CIA World Factbook and EIA.


Brief history of the project

Norwegian assistance within the petroleum sector in Angola started in 1987.The objective was to assist Angola in institutional competence building in order to improve the government’s capabilities to develop, direct and control petroleum activity. In 2006, a programme on environmental monitoring and training of Angolan scientists and technicians was initiated aiming to share Norwegian experience regarding the effects of oil-related offshore activities on the marine environment, and the impact of these activities on fisheries and marine biodiversity. A new agreement between Norway and Angola regarding technical assistance for the petroleum sector was signed on 4 October 2006 and a new cooperation programme was agreed upon by MINPET and the NPD in May 2008. The new programme will run for three years and has a budget of NOK 27 million. The scope of the programme includes 12 main activity areas.


Activities in 2009

The Organizational Development Process in MINPET started with a gap-analysis in 2008 regarding the organization, the competence, the equipment and information necessary for MINPET to be able to manage its responsibilities in accordance with the new law.

Implementation of the first nine prioritized projects, the socalled “Fast Track” (FT) projects, started in 2009:

  • Leadership development and training
  • Development of long-term planning
  • Competence development
  • Identification of alternative remuneration system
  • Language training
  • Develop a plan for future regulation needs
  • Inspection strategy
  • IT and administration development
  • Data management

Other activities carried out according to the programme plan were:

Multi-sector Institutional Support to Oil, Fish and Environment
A seminar was arranged by Petrad in cooperation with MINPET and the NPD to discuss activities within the multi-sector institutional support to oil, fish and environment. MINPET will cooperate on environment related issues with representatives from the Ministry of the Environment (MIN AMB) and the Ministry of Fisheries (MINPE SCAS). The cooperation will cover questions related to operational discharge, contingency aspects and legal aspects.

Exchange of relevant experiences on the regional level
Participants from MINPET attended various conferences and seminars.

Improvement of scientific knowledge, local content and Angolanization
A study by the International Research Institute of Stavanger (IRIS) and the University of Stavanger (UiS) was conducted. Technical support was given for a possible establishment of a national petroleum museum in Angola.

Research and academic training in Angolan institutions
A study on a technical college for petroleum technology at the National Petroleum Institute (INP) was conducted. This was a project implemented by Rogaland Kurs og Kompetansesenter (RKK).

The activity on technical assistance and transfer of scientific knowledge to the Agostinho Neto University (ANU) was partly taken care of by another Norad initiative where the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and ANU agreed on running a Master’s degree programme for students at ANU. The MINPET – NPD programme will closely monitor the status of this project.

The environmental monitoring programme
In addition to the MINPET-NPD programme an environmental offshore monitoring survey was undertaken with the use of the Research Vessel Dr. Fridtjof Nansen.

Key ach ievements in 2009
The follow-up of the gap study was initiated as planned, with the implementation of Fast Track projects. The Fast Track projects have strengthened MINPET’s ability to build competence and capacity within organizational development, strategy planning, data management and inspection tasks.


 Angola. Photo: Ole Imsland
Angola. Photo: Ole Imsland

Angola. Photo: Ole Imsland

Angola. Photo: Ole Imsland 


Angola. Photo: Ole Imsland

Angola. Photo: Ole Imsland