The Oil for Development programme in Cuba

Cuba produces limited amounts of oil onshore. The country holds a relatively high but still unexplored offshore petroleum potential and is currently preparing an offshore licensing round in the Gulf of Mexico.

OfD’s engagement in Cuba was initiated in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. The main content in the second programme phase 2014–2018 was an annual four-week training course in basic petroleum management and administration, covering all four OfD components. More than 300 petroleum specialists received training.

In June 2019, the OfD Steering Committee approved the Cuban application for a new programme. An important basis for this decision was a one-week OfD seminar, where all the relevant Cuban and Norwegian institutions discussed the Cuban needs and expectations as well as possible goals and activities. The parties expect to finalise a programme document in 2020.

Published 02.07.2014
Last updated 22.10.2020