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BRIEF HISTORY OF THE PROJECT

During the visit of the Norwegian Minister of the Environment and International Development, Mr. Erik Solheim, to Cuba in April 2010, a bilateral cooperation agreement was signed with the Cuban authorities. This led to Cuba requesting cooperation with the OfD programme. A cooperation programme was subsequently discussed between OfD, Petrad and the Ministry of Basic Industry in Havana in July 2010.

A three year programme was then agreed upon. Three workshops or alternative activities will be carried out each year coordinated by Petrad. In addition, the cooperation will include an annual meeting between the parties to the cooperation agreement. Collaboration in the Cuban capacity building efforts will be sought from Other experienced South-American countries.

 

ACTIVITIES IN 2010

The cooperation was initiated with a workshop in December 2010 that addressed the challenges the authorities are facing in the management of safety and environment issues in connection with deep-water petroleum activities. The choice of subject was tied to the deep-water exploration drilling planned to take place during spring and the blowout offshore Louisiana. Petrad organized the workshop, supported by representatives from the PSA, Klif, the University of Stavanger and OfD.

In connection with the workshop, a draft cooperation agreement and the follow up cooperation programme were discussed. T

hree representatives from Cuba participated in Petrad’s eight-week course in Stavanger.

 

KEY ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2010

The first workshop was conducted with participants from the Cuban administration, represented mainly by the Ministry of Basic Industry, Cupet and safety and environmental institutions. The workshop is likely to have raised awareness on key issues related to safety and environment issues in connection with deep-water petroleum activities.


06.07.2011