Ecuador

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BRIEF HISTORY OF THE PROJECT

Ecuador is the fifth largest petroleum producing country in Latin America and has a long history of exploration and production. Petroleum-related cooperation with Norway started in November 2007 based on a formal request from Ecuador. The Norwegian Minister of The Environment and International Development, Mr. Erik Solheim, visited Ecuador in November 2007.

Ecuador has developed a concept for an international fund created to keep the Yasuni area closed for oil exploration activities. Norway’s position on that proposal is dealt with outside of the OfD framework.

 

ACTIVITIES IN 2010

A seminar on resource management and environmental issues related to the petroleum sector was organized in February.

A regional workshop on environmental management of petroleum activities in the Amazon was organized in Quito, Ecuador. In addition to Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru attended.

Workshops were held for PetroEcuador and the ministries on the subjects of waste management, data management, resource management, Improved Oil Recovery (IOR) and gas management.

 

KEY ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2010

The petroleum sector in Ecuador was dominated by significant change of key personnel in 2010 (as in 2009), with several re-organizations, all affecting stability in the sector in a negative way. Towards the end of 2010, networks in the petroleum sector were re-established and dialogue with the ministry resumed.


06.07.2011