Institutional and technical assistance


Cooperating institution
Ministry of Oil (MoO)

Goals and objectives
Institutional and technical governance assistance within the upstream and downstream petroleum sectors.

Project period
September 2005–November 2009
New programme 2010‑2013

Total budget
NOK 27.5 million
New programme: NOK 20 million.

The programme consists of the following main components:

  • Data management
  • Transfer of knowledge for increased oil recovery (IOR)
  • Petroleum sector training
  • Transfer of experience regarding development of local industry capacity
  • Policy

Oil for Development:
Mr. Ivar Aarseth,

Cooperating institutions in Norway:
Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE)
Ministry of the Environment (MoE)
Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) (implementing institution)


Country facts


Official Name
Republic of Iraq


Chief of state
President Jalal Talabani

Head of Government
Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki

28 954 569 (2009 est.)

Petroleum sector, key figures
Average oil production: 2.4 mill bbl/day (2008 est.)
Annual gas production: 11 bill m3 (2008 est.)

Organization of the sector
Ministry of Oil
15 state-owned operating companies, among them:
North Oil Company
South Oil Company
North Gas Company
South Gas Company
Oil Exploration Company
Iraq Drilling Company
Oil Projects Co
Other companies for refining, transport and marketing


Brief history of the project

On 6 September 2004, the Iraqi Ministry of Oil requested support from Norway. The scope of the cooperation was discussed and a three-year programme was signed by the MoO and the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.

The current programme was extended to the end of November 2009.


Activities in 2009

The 6th Joint Steering Committee meeting and the annual meeting were conducted in Stavanger and Oslo, respectively, in February 2009. Planning of a new programme period was carried out and the final report for the 2005–2009 project period is under completion.

Data management
A workshop on data legislation, guidelines and procedures with the aim to complete the reporting legislation (guidelines) for Exploration and Production (E & P) data based on accepted industry standards and conventions for data was carried out from 23–27 November 2009.

The Iraqi manager for national petroleum data management participated in the World Petroleum Data Repository Conference (NDR9) in New Delhi in September.

The MoO has decided to establish a centralized data base for petroleum data. The aim is to establish a National Data Repository (NDR) for Iraqi petroleum data.

Increased Oil Recovery (IOR)
The IOR assessment methodology introduced and discussed through a number of workshops has given the MoO tools to evaluate the IOR potential in more fields, in addition to the 6 fields covered by the programme.

A final workshop with 10 participants was carried out in January 2009 to discuss MoO in-house work on two fields using the quick look assessment methods.

Petroleum sector training
The training component of the programme was completed in 2008.

Two people from Iraq participated in Petrad’s eight-week programme on Petroleum Development and Operations.

Planning of a new three-year programme started in 2009. The cooperation will, in addition to petroleum resource management, also focus on environmental and revenue management. The budget for the Norwegian contribution will be NOK 20 million over three years. In addition, Iraq has informed that it will contribute with USD 2 million (in 2009/2010).

A Memorandum of Understanding between Norway and Iraq for the extended cooperation was submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Baghdad in December 2009. Discussions with the MoO and the Ministry of Environment are ongoing. The dialogue with the Ministry of Finance has been more limited. The final content and organization of the new cooperation have not been decided on between the parties.


Key achievements in 2009

A methodology for how to apply Increased Oil Recovery (IOR) on producing fields was developed, and used by the MoO to assess the IOR potential for two fields. The MoO is now able to carry out screening of several different categories of fields in production to determine the potential for increased recovery of petroleum.

The MoO has reported that the group of public sector staff who participated in the negotiation training conducted by OfD in 2007 and 2008 played a key role in connection with the first and second licensing rounds conducted in Iraq in June and December 2009.