Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR): The Complete Guide
History of Department of Petroleum Resources
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) was formed to oversee the exploration and importation of petroleum products in Nigeria. Working under the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources (FMPR) of Nigeria, the DPR essentially acts as the sole regulator overseeing the import and export of petroleum in the country.
In this sense, the DPR is also responsible for ensuring that all Oil and Gas-related activities adhere to their health and environmental safety guidelines as well as ensuring compliance to petroleum laws.
As a regulator, the DPR is responsible is in charge of the upstream sector (exploration, drilling, and operating) and the downstream sector (refining of crude oil, processing natural gas, and marketing and distribution of petroleum-related products).
To ensure that the DPR meets the objectives established by the Nigerian government, the National Production Monitoring Systems (NIPMS) was created to keep track of the royalty payments and demand notices from all the organizations involved in petroleum-related activities in Nigeria.
How to obtain a DPR Permit
All organizations involved in the Oil and Gas industry of Nigeria are required by law to have their valid DPR Permit. The application process is carried handled directly with the Department of Petroleum Resources and can be done either online or offline.
To be approved, companies need to submit their detailed proposals and any related information that would help the DPR gain a clear and detailed understanding of the organization’s business model.
Organizations are able to obtain their DPR Permits within their three main categories: General, Major, and Specialized.
Each category has a specified statutory fee amount that must be paid by the applicant. Payment can be done through any Nigerian bank, or any established method of online payments. It is important to note that the payment of a statutory fee does not guarantee that the applicant organization will be granted a permit.
How to obtain a DPR license and renewal fees
DPR Permit holders may renew their licenses online by simply uploading the required documentation and paying their renewal fees according to the type of DPR Permit category they hold. Assuming that the documentation is complete and valid, the renewal process can take just few days to complete.
As the sole regulator of the Oil and Gas industry in Nigeria, the DPR also has the authority to revoke a DPR permit should they find that an organization is in non-compliance with their regulatory obligations.
What are the DPR regulations and guidelines?
The Regulations and Guidelines for the Oil and Gas industry and related activities in Nigeria can only be formed by the The Department of Petroleum Resources. As such, the DPR has the authority to inspect and evaluate the facilities of any organization applying for its DPR Permit.
The DPR also has the right to conduct a new inspection for any member organization that had not renewed their DPR Permit prior to their application for renewal. For those members who fall under the Major and Specialized DPR Permit categories, it is normal for them to go through a more in-depth inspection process by relevant units within the DPR in order to provide a more transparent evaluation of their competency and their capabilities.