Short- and long-term institutional cooperation


Cooperating institutions
Ministry of Energy (MOE)
Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology (MOEST)
Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Goals and objectives
Short-term cooperation to provide assistance in ongoing governance activities related to the Jubilee field development.

Long-term cooperation to provide assistance in competence and capacity building within resource management, revenue management and environmental management.

The establishment of a frame agreement for the overall cooperation programme is planned. It will include separate institutional cooperation agreements with the Ministry of Energy/GNPC and the Ministry of Environment/EPA.

Planned project period, long-term cooperation
July 2010– July 2013/15

Budget 2009
NOK 14.5 million

The programme has consisted of the following main components:

  • Establishment of a petroleum policy and master plan
  • Input to revision of the Petroleum Laws
  • Advice to government on field development plans and environmental impact assessments
  • Capacity building of governmental institutions within the petroleum sector

Oil for Development:
Mr. Svein Heglund,

Cooperating institutions in Norway
Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE )
Ministry of the Environment (MoE)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA)
Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) Petrad




Country facts

Official Name
Republic of Ghana


Chief of state
President John Evans Atta Mills

Head of Government
President John Evans Atta Mills

23 887 812 (2009 est.)

Petroleum sector, key figures
Average oil production: 7 400 bbl/day (2008 est.)
Annual gas production: No gas production (2008)

Organization of the sector
Ministry of Energy Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC)
– State-owned oil and gas company 


Brief history of the project

In 2007, a major oil discovery, the Jubilee field, was made offshore Ghana. The discovery is large also in an international context. The current plan is a fast-track development based on a floating production unit with production start-up ultimo 2010.

In October 2007 Ghana applied for assistance from the OfD programme. Based on the subsequent dialogue and a thorough assessment of the scope for cooperation a decision was made to make Ghana a core country in the OfD programme.

In February 2008, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Ghana and Norway for long-term cooperation within the OfD programme. Activities in 2009 The programme included assistance in the following tasks and issues:

  • Advice was given to the MOE, the MOEST and the GNP C on the Jubilee field development plan and environmental impact assessment.
  • Resource assessment, subsurface issues and data management assistance was provided to the GNP C.
  • A workshop on utilization of national goods and services was arranged by Petrad.
  • Assistance was given for the application to the UN on extension of the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles.
  • Assistance was given to the MOE and the GNP C in reviewing the Jubilee Phase 1 development plan.
  • Work on Development of the National Petroleum Supply Industry Initiative was coordinated by SINTEF.
  • The Jubilee Unitization Agreement was concluded with Norwegian assistance.
  • A report on gas utilization and infrastructure was completed.
  • Assistance was provided to the MOEST and the EPA on reviewing the Jubilee environment and social impact assessment.
  • A marine environmental survey of bottom sediments was carried out by the research vessel Dr. Fridtjof Nansen.
  • Support was given to NORTRAIN for the establishment of a Drilling and Well Service Academy in Accra.
  • Cooperation with the Extractive Resource Facility at the African Centre for Economic Transformation, Accra for return of Ghanaian petroleum experts commenced.
  • A Needs Assessment workshop for long-term assistance within environmental governance was organized.

A regional seminar in data management was organized by Petrad in Akosombo. Participating countries were Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Sao Tome & Principe, the Ivory Coast and Angola.

Personnel from the GNPC participated in Petrad’s eight-week programme on Petroleum Development and Operations and Petroleum Policy and Resource Management.

Key ach ievements in 2009 The technical assistance provided to the GNPC and the EPA increased Ghana’s ability to benefit from the Jubilee field petroleum resources and to follow up on related environmental aspects.

The work on Development of the National Petroleum Supply Industry Initiative involved a wide range of Ghanaian institutions, and increased awareness of the importance of having proper framework conditions in place for enabling local industry development.

The environmental needs assessment is likely to have raised awareness among the relevant Ghanaian institutions and will provide the basis for future capacity building in this area.


Ghana. Photo: Bengt Hope 
Ghana. Photo: Bengt Hope


Ghana. Photo: RWI

Ghana. Photo: RWI