São Tomé and Príncipe

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Short-term institutional cooperation, coordinated with support from the World Bank and other donors


Cooperating institutions
National Petroleum Agency (ANP)
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment

Goals and objectives
The assistance addresses urgent issues, most of which are currently handled through the World Bank Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Project. The issues discussed are draft legislation, regulations, the model contract, and strategic papers or governance processes. Some issues are supplementary to the World Bank assistance.

Project period
April 2008–December 2009

Total budget
NOK 2.25 million

The programme includes the following components:

  • Policy, legislation and model contract advice
  • Technical advice on environmental issues
  • Technical advice on licensing
  • Technical advice on health and safety
  • Regional cooperation
  • Training
  • Participation in Petrad’s eight-weeks courses

Oil for Development:
Mr. Svein Heglund, sveh@norad.no

Cooperating institutions in Norway
Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (MPE)
Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD)
Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA)
Climate and Pollution Agency (Klif)
Directorate of Fisheries


Country facts


Official Name
Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe

São Tomé

Chief of state
President Fradique de Menezes

Head of Government
Prime Minister Joachim Rafael Branco

212 679 (2009 est.)

Petroleum sector, key figures
No oil or gas production (2009)

Organization of the sector
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
National Petroleum Agency (National petroleum regulator)
Nigeria - São Tomé e Príncipe Joint Development Authority (Responsible for Jointly Operated Zone with Nigeria)


Brief history of the project

In 2005, the NPD was requested by the Norwegian Embassy in Luanda to assess the need for assistance in São Tomé and Príncipe, and some planning activities were carried out. This work continued in 2006, and in September the National Petroleum Agency (ANP) visited the NPD to discuss a cooperation programme. In October 2006, the request was presented by the ANP to Minister Erik Solheim at the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) conference in Oslo. In a meeting in June 2007, the request for Norwegian support was aligned with the World Bank’s and other donors’ initiatives.


Activities in 2009

The NPD and the ANP arranged a workshop in São Tomé and Príncipe in February to discuss topics related to licensing guidelines and a model production sharing contract (PSC).

Representatives from the ANP Directorate General of Environment visited the Climate and Pollution Agency (Klif) and the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) and received an introduction to environmental and safety management of the petroleum sector.

Klif and the PSA arranged a seminar in São Tomé and Príncipe in October called “Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) in the Oil and Gas Sector”. More than 40 delegates from government institutions participated.

Regional Cooperation
Delegates from the ANP participated in the international seminar “Strategic Offshore Pipeline, Production and Riser Engineering” in South Africa.

The ANP and the NP D participated at the UN DP’s South-South highlevel meeting on oil and gas management in Nairobi together with more than 60 participating countries.

ANP staff received weekly English training for professionals at the São Tomé and Príncipe office. Three members of the ANP staff participated in Petrad’s eight-week courses in Stavanger. A one-week training course on seismic interpretations techniques was given at the ANP office as a preparation for the upcoming Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) licensing round. New accounting software was purchased and necessary training was provided.


Key achievement in 2009

Seismic interpretation training and preparations ahead of the planned launch of the first licensing round in the EEZ in 2010 were successfully completed.