Norwegian assistance to the petroleum sector in Angola started in 1987. The objective was to assist Angola with institutional competence building in order to improve the government’s capabilities to develop, direct and control petroleum activities. A new country agreement between Norway and Angola regarding technical assistance to the petroleum sector was signed in October 2006 and a new cooperation programme was agreed upon by MINPET and the NPD in May 2008. The programme defined 12 main activity areas (outputs) to be completed by 2010 with a total budget of NOK 27 million. Due to delays it was decided to continue with some of the activities into 2011 along with the planning of a new three-year programme.

A review of the cooperation programme was conducted in 2010. The review concluded that the programme has provided valuable support to Angola. It was noted that progress in the processes of building capacity and competence is relatively slow.




Fast-Track projects

Based on a gap-analysis of MINPET conducted in 2008, the cooperation programme initiated nine so-called “Fast-Track” (FT ) projects, which continued in 2010:

  • Leadership development and training
  • Development of long-term plans
  • Capacity and competence development
  • Identification of alternative remuneration system
  • Language training
  • Develop a plan for future regulation needs
  • Inspection strategy together with the PSA
  • IT and administration development
  • Petroleum data management

Other activities carried out in accordance with the programme plan were:

Multi-sector institutional support to oil, fish and environment

A regional seminar to follow up the discussions on the multi-sector institutional support to oil, fish and environment was arranged. Nine African countries participated with officials from their respective ministries of Petroleum and/or Energy, Environment and Fisheries. Issues covered included operational discharge, contingency aspects and legal aspects.

In addition, an initial meeting was held between OfD, the Norwegian Embassy and the Ministry of Environment discussing a potential future cooperation programme on environmental management in the petroleum sector.


Improvement of petroleum scientific knowledge in Angola

A study on how the benefits from petroleum exploration in Angola can contribute to improved scientific knowledge in Angola was initiated by the International Research Institute of Stavanger (IRIS) and the University of Stavanger (UiS). Technical support from the Norwegian Oil Museum regarding the possible establishment of a national petroleum museum/scientific knowledge centre in Angola was provided.


Research and academic training in Angolan institutions

An evaluation study on the potential implementation of polytechnical training at the National Petroleum Institute (INP) in Sumbe was undertaken by Rogaland Kurs- og Kompetansesenter (RKK). Such training is currently not offered in Angola and the industry has signalled that they are interested in this type of personnel. RKK presented a proposal for further work to implement the polytechnical training. INP has indicated that they plan to commence this training in 2011.


Cooperation between Agostinho Neto University (ANU) and Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Through the NOMA programme (a Norad programme providing financial support to develop and run Master’s Degree Programmes in cooperation between higher education institutions in the South and corresponding institutions in Norway), NTNU in Norway provided ANU with technical assistance and scientific knowledge. This enables ANU to run petroleum-oriented academic courses and research projects. The MINPET-NPD programme has close contact with the NOMA-programme.


Legal framework

Assistance was provided on revising the petroleum law and regulations.



19 seminars and workshops were organized under the nine FT projects. The activities have strengthened MINPET’s ability to build competence and capacity for organizational development, leadership training, strategy planning, data management, and implementation of inspection tasks.

The petroleum law and all existing regulations have been examined. and necessary improvements have been identified and proposed for implementation.

The regional seminar on oil, fish and environment is likely to have raised awareness among the participants on the advantages of close regional cooperation on these issues. The participants forwarded good and realistic ideas about future cooperation both within the ministries and between the countries.