Capacity building for the Bolivian Ministry of Hydrocarbons and Energy


Cooperating institutions
Ministry of Hydrocarbons and Energy (MHE)
Yacimientos Petroliferos Fiscales Bolivianos (YPBF)

Goals and objectives
Capacity building for the MHE and other parts of the Bolivian petroleum sector.

Project period

Total budget
NOK 16 million

The project consists of the following main components:

  • Environmental management
  • Legal framework
  • Monitoring and control
  • Support to civil society

Oil for Development:
Mr. John Tore Vatnar,

Cooperating institutions in Norway
Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD)
Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management (DN) Petrad




Country factsMap

Official Name
Republic of Bolivia

Sucre (constitutional capital)
La Paz (seat of government)

Chief of state
President Juan Evo Morales Ayma

Head of Government
President Juan Evo Morales Ayma

9 775 246 (2009 est.)

Petroleum sector, key figures
Average oil production: No oil production (2009)
Annual gas production: 13.9 bill m3 (2008)

Organization of the sector
Ministry of Hydrocarbons and Energy Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales Bolivianos (YPFB) – State-owned oil company.

Brief history of the project

Following a request from the Bolivian government, petroleum related development cooperation between Norway and Bolivia was initiated in 2006. An MoU on the cooperation was signed in 2007. The cooperation is coordinated with other donor countries to the sector, notably Canada and the Netherlands.

Activities in 2009

Technical assistance was provided to the MHE on various issues:

  • Improvements in the Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) system
  • Improved extraction profiles for the most important fields
  • Economic model for the gas sector

A capacity and competence development programme for a range of Bolivian institutions was prepared.

Technical assistance was given to the YPF B management on the issue of reorganizing the company.

The Norwegian Directorate for Nature Management assisted the environmental department of the MHE in the preparations for a project to improve environmental data management. The project itself has not yet started.

A local NGO project aiming to raise civil society engagement in the petroleum sector was supported. The NG O support was provided through SAIH (Norwegian Students’ and Academics’ International Assistance Fund).

Technical assistance to the Ministry of Finance on tax policy and revenue management is provided by the IMF, financed through a bilateral agreement between OfD and the IMF.

Key ach ievements in 2009

An improved regulatory system for field development was implemented. The requirements in this new system include measures which may increase the efficiency of resource management.

Technical assistance from the NPD was instrumental in preparations for improving the extraction profiles of the three largest gas fields in Bolivia. An improvement of the extraction profiles can potentially lead to a substantial increase in revenues for the country.

The support to the NGO Observatorio Boliviano de los Recursos Naturales contributed to increasing public oversight of the petroleum sector through facilitating debates around the country as well as through various publications. 


Bolivia. Photo: Øystein Kristiansen 
Bolivia. Photo: Øystein Kristiansen

Bolivia. Photo: Øystein Kristiansen

Bolivia. Photo: Øystein Kristiansen