The Oil for Development programme in Mozambique

Mozambique is the third-largest natural gas reserve holder in Africa.

Operators are currently planning both onshore and floating liquefied natural gas plants in northern Mozambique. Norway has provided petroleum-related support to Mozambique for more than thirty years.

Since 2005 there has been an OfD programme in the country. In 2014, Mozambique and Norway signed a four-year programme agreement for the resource and safety components.

The programme will be extended while a new programme is planned, starting with the resource and safety components, with environmental and possibly finance components to be phased in later.

Key achievements 2017

Enhanced legal and regulatory framework:

  • Contractual issues between the new 5th round  concessionaires and the Government of Mozambique  were addressed and analyzed by petroleum lawyers  contracted by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate  (NPD). The new exploration and production concession  contract will serve as a model for future licensing. 

  • The National Petroleum Institute (INP) completed standard contracts for multi-client seismic data collections.

Increased institutional capacity:

  • INP’s review of Anadarko’s final plan for the development  of Area 1 (Golfinho-Atum) was an important confirmation  of their current capacity. The review served as the basis  for the Council of Ministers’ subsequent approval.

  • NPD assisted the INP in establishing standard procedures for the companies’ reporting of resource and reserve data to the petroleum sector regulator. The INP has, with support, developed a more comprehensive petroleum resource inventory.

  • A safety audit of a Sasol well in Inhassoro was carried out with support from the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA).

  • The INP was trained in blowout contingency planning by the PSA.

Increased transparency and accountability:

  • Communities affected by gas extraction infrastructures received training by ACCORD, the Norwegian People’s Aid local partner, in the topics of land entitlements and rights to compensation for legally relocated populations.
Published 03.06.2014
Last updated 27.09.2018