In October 2007, Ghana, through GNPC, 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 (MoU) was signed by Ghana and Norway for long-term cooperation within the OfD programme. Norway has assisted Ghana in the development of its petroleum policy and the master plan in 2008, followed by technical assistance in the evaluation of the development plan for the Jubilee Field. The Jubilee Unitization Agreement was concluded with Norwegian support. In addition, assistance was provided on reviewing the Jubilee Environmental and Social Impact Assessment. Marine environmental surveys of offshore sea bottom sediments and water columns were carried out by the research vessel Dr. Fridtjof Nansen in 2009. Assistance was given for the application to the UN on extension of the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles.


Cooperation agreements and institutional agreements for five year programmes within resource management and environmental management were signed in December.


Environmental management

Assistance was provided to the EPA concerning the review of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment of the Jubilee field.

A second marine environmental survey of bottom sediments, the water column and shoreline was carried out by the research vessel Dr. Fridtjof Nansen.

Training of several Ghanaian scientists, both in Ghana and Norway, was undertaken.

Professional support related to EPA’s work with a social and environmental strategic assessment of future oil and gas activities was given.


Resource management

Assistance was provided to MoE on drafting the new Petroleum (Exploration and Production) Bill and the Petroleum Commission Bill.

Advice was given to the GNPC and MoE on data management. Assistance was provided in the process of establishing a National Data Bank, including defining relevant specifications needed, as well as procedures for purchase of equipment and training. The World Bank is a cooperation partner.

Advice was given to the MoE and GNPC on resource assessment, subsurface/ development issues and on fiscal metering for the Jubilee field. 25

Two year development programmes within petroleum management and technical training were initiated by Petrad comprising resource and environment, as well as Other sectors and government institutions.

The Parliament’s Energy, Financial and Environmental Committees visited Norway as part of the preparation for approval of a new petroleum law in Ghana.

The Minister of Energy and the Chairman of GNPC headed a Ghanaian delegation visiting Norway during the Offshore Northern Seas conference in Stavanger. The Minister of Energy was given an audience by HM King Harald. Meetings were held with the Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Mr. Terje Riis- Johansen, and the Norwegian Minister of the Environment and International Development, Mr. Erik Solheim. Conferences were held with OfD and Petrad.

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



There was cooperation with the Extractive Resources Facility in the African Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET), Accra, for the return of Ghanaian petroleum experts to the country. Needs assessment workshops were organized to identify future fields of cooperation and institutions for environmental and resource management.

Funded by Norad, the Norwegian research institution SINTEF has together with several Ghanaian institutions designed a programme for the development of governmental framework and training of up to ten Ghanaian companies for delivery of goods and services to the petroleum industry. A three year implementation programme is anticipated to be signed early 2011.

A regional workshop on petroleum data management was held in Ghana in November. The workshop gathered officials from nine West African countries.




The comprehensive technical assistance provided to the Ghana National Petroleum Cooperation and the Environmental Protection Agency improved the country’s ability to benefit from their Jubilee field petroleum resources and to follow up environmental assessments.

Extensive assistance to MoE on drafting new Petroleum Laws contributed to improving the legislative framework of the petroleum sector in Ghana.

Cooperation agreements and institutional agreements for five year programmes within resource management and environmental management were signed in December.


photo: Bengt Hope

Needs assessment workshop for long-term cooperation
agreement within resource management.
Photo: Bengt Hope