The Oil for Development programme in Cuba

While Cuba has been an oil producing country for several decades, the move to offshore production in the Gulf of Mexico is a recent development. Norway’s engagement was initiated in the wake of the massive Deep Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.

Cuba continues its search for offshore petroleum. In the meanwhile, the economic and administrative reform process in Cuba advances, with direct and indirect consequences for petroleum sector management. The petroleum sector administration needs to develop its capacity throughout this process.

Norway’s engagement was initiated in the wake of the massive Deep Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, and in the context of preliminary offshore drillings that suggested significant petroleum and natural gas reserves might exist in Cuba.

Cuba has received petroleum-related assistance through the OfD Programme since 2010. In October 2014, a new three-year programme agreement was signed between the Norwegian and Cuban authorities.

Key achievements 2016

Increased institutional capacity:

  • Capacity was enhanced in key government institutions, notably the Ministry of Energy and Mines, through a four-week course on general petroleum management.

  • Knowledge about Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) was improved in key institutions in Cuba through specialized training offered by experts from the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and the Norwegian Environment Agency.
Published 02.07.2014
Last updated 29.05.2017