Norway, Nigeria sign oil development aid deal

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate(NPD) has signed an agreement for institutional cooperation with Nigeria's Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), local newspaper The Guardian reported Tuesday.

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate(NPD) has signed an agreement for institutional cooperation with Nigeria's Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), local newspaper The Guardian reported Tuesday.

    "The main objective of the agreement is to assist in petroleum administration in Nigeria," said NPD project manager Steinar Nja, adding: "Such an institutional cooperation can also make a positive contribution to the presence of the Norwegian oil and gasindustry in Nigeria."

    Norwegian industrial companies, including Statoil and Aker Kvaerner, have had operations since the mid-1990s in Nigeria, Africa's largest oil producer and world's sixth largest oil exporter with a daily crude oil output of over 2 million barrels.

    According to a statement issued by the NPD, the main elements of the agreement are linked to petroleum resource management, petroleum activities monitoring, general skills acquisition, metering deepwater operation monitoring, data management, environmental and safety management.

    Next, a Norwegian petroleum delegation headed by Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy Einar Steensnaes is reportedly totour Nigeria for a four-day visit.

    Steensnaes will meet with Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo and his adviser on oil and energy Edmund Daukoru. He is also expected to hold talks with DPR management, in part to receive a briefing on their activities, as well as the cooperation agreementbetween the NPD and DPR.