The Oil for Development programme in Cuba

Cuba produces limited amounts of oil onshore and is currently preparing an offshore licensing round in the Gulf of Mexico. Cuba holds a relatively high but still unexplored offshore petroleum potential.
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 phase 2014–2018 has been an annual four-week training course in basic petroleum management and administration, covering all four OfD components: Resource, safety, environment and revenue management.
In addition, 2–3 in-depth courses on specific topics were conducted each year. More than 300 petroleum specialists received training during the programme period. Activities concluded in June 2018, with a Cuban delegation visiting Norwegian institutions in Stavanger and Oslo. Cuban authorities have applied for a new programme, and in September 2018 the OfD Steering Committee decided to carry out a full-scale mapping for this.

Key deliverables of the programme (2014-2017)

  • Three 4-week foundation courses in petroleum sector management

  • Six thematic in-depth workshops:
    • Exploration drilling, technical and environmental issues and HSE management
    • Secondary recovery of oil and gas (IOR)
    • Environmental impact assessment
    • International petroleum contracts
    • Resource classification (held twice)

  • Six Cuban specialists participated in three annual conferences of the International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIA)
Published 02.07.2014
Last updated 27.06.2019