São Tomé and Príncipe



In 2005, the NPD was requested by the Norwegian Embassy in Luanda to assess the need for assistance to São Tomé and Príncipe, and a few 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, an official request was presented by the ANP to Minister of The Environment and International Development, Mr. Erik Solheim, and in 2007, the request for Norwegian support was aligned with the World Bank’s and Other donors’ initiatives.

Photo: Astrid Fritsen The NPD was requested by Norad to enter into a contract with the ANP regarding the implementation of a short-term assistance project in January 2008. The agreement between NPD and ANP regarding institutional support was signed in November 2008.

The short-term assistance was designed to address urgent issues primarily related to the first licensing round in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The aim was to provide a second opinion or additional technical expertise regarding draft legislation, regulations, the model contract, strategic papers or governance processes.

São Tomé and Príncipe launched the first licensing round for the EEZ in March 2010. The ANP sent a request to Norad in May 2010 for an extension of the cooperation with NPD through 2010. 


Photo: Astrid Fritsen

Photo: Astrid Fritsen



The Norwegian law firm Simonsen provided legal advice regarding the formulation of Production Sharing Contracts (PSC).

The NPD assisted the ANP during its first negotiation meetings. Specifically, advice was provided concerning the work obligation in the PSC.

ANP’s Director, Mr. Luis Prazeres, visited Stavanger during the Offshore Northern Seas Conference (ONS) in Stavanger in August. He had project meetings with the NPD, PSA and Norad.

Funding was provided to ensure ANP attendance at regional conferences.



São Tomé and Príncipe arranged their first licensing round in the EEZ. The promotion and invitation for bidding was based on transparent principles and a solid legal framework.