The Oil for Development programme in Cuba

While Cuba has been an oil producing country for decades, the move towards offshore production in the Gulf of Mexico is a recent development.

Norway’s engagement was initiated in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

The main component of the programme has been an annual four-week training course in basic petroleum management and administration, covering all four OfD components: Resource management, safety management, environmental management and revenue management.

Activities will conclude in 2018, and a decision regarding continuation of the programme into a new phase will be made the same year.

Key achievements 2017

Increased institutional capacity:

  • The Norwegian implementing institutions successfully  conducted the final of three annual four-week training  courses. In addition, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate  provided an in-depth workshop on international  petroleum contract regimes upon request from Cuban  authorities. 65 Cuban public officials benefited from  the training courses in 2017.

  • An near-end review of the OfD program in Cuba found that the programme has contributed significantly to enhanced competence in the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MINEM) and the national oil company CUPET, which is an integrated part of the Ministry, and inspired a number of regulatory processes in the country.
Published 02.07.2014
Last updated 27.09.2018