The Oil for Development programme in Sudan

The secession of Southern Sudan in 2011 has had dramatic consequences for Sudan’s income from oil production, as almost 80 percent of the oil came from the South. Since 2005, Norway has assisted both South Sudan and Sudan in the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement and later agreements.

A programme agreement between the governments of Sudan and Norway was signed in 2012. In 2014, the countries agreed to extend the programme until December 2015.

In December 2015, the OfD Steering Committee agreed that a new programme could start in 2016. 

On 11 July 2016, Norway and Sudan signed a new four-year agreement for an OfD Programme in Sudan, with a budget of NOK 57 million.

Key achievements 2016

Enhanced legal and regulatory framework:

  • Sudan’s first comprehensive Petroleum Policy, drafted by the Ministry of Petroleum and Gas, was nearly completed. When the policy is finalized it will provide the basis for a comprehensive legal reform.

Increased institutional capacity:

  • The General Directorate for Environment, Safety and Health (GDESH) carried out an audit of the Khartoum Refinery, in cooperation with the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway.

  • The Ministry of Petroleum and Gas increased its capacity in dealing with the application of geographic information systems (GIS). This was achived through a visit to the Norwegian Mapping Authority, followed by a workshop in Sudan. GIS is used to produce various maps that show geological structures and may significantly enhance accuracy in the exploration phase.
Published 02.07.2014
Last updated 05.10.2017