In 1994, the Vietnamese Government, represented by Petrovietnam (PV), contacted Norad with a request for cooperation and support on the development of safety and working environment management in the Vietnamese petroleum industry. A similar and parallel request was made in the area of environmental protection. In 1996 an agreement was signed. The agreement was supplemented by contracts between the PV, NPD and Klif.

Photo: Ken OpprannPhase I and II of the cooperation programme focused on two main issues: safety management and environmental management.

After successful completion and positive evaluation of phases I and II, a contract for phase III of the project was signed in 2008. In contrast to phase I and II, the activities on safety management and environmental management in phase III are fully integrated and contracted through one shared contract for all parties. Klif and the PSA are jointly responsible for delivering support to the PV according to the contract. The NCA provides support as a subcontractor to the PSA. The PSA coordinates the project on behalf of all Norwegian contributors.

Throughout 2008 and 2009 several guidelines and regulations have been developed on for instance safety, risk analyses and contingency and working environment. Training courses have also been conducted in Vietnam, supplemented by study tours to and on the job training in Norway, as well as audit training courses. The activities of the programme will be phased out in 2011.



A number of capacity building activities focusing primarily on Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) and development of a planning guideline were carried out, including a Baseline Study; completion of the HSE guideline; training on HSE auditing function and development of a associated manual; development of an HSE database; training on HSE Audits and HSE Document control.

Capacity building activities related to emergency response management and oil hazardous waste management were also undertaken.



In a Baseline Study conducted by Petrovietnam in 2009 it was concluded that, largely as a result of the project, HSE principles are now well embedded in the organization. This observation was confirmed in audits performed in 2010. Steering documentation and guidelines have to a large extent been developed.