DPR Permit is the license required to operate a company or facility that has to do with the Oil and Gas industry in Nigeria. Application for this permit is usually submitted to the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) through an online or offline medium, giving details of the proposals and any information that may be relevant to the project.
Succinctly put, the DPR is the sole body responsible to formulate Regulations and Guidelines for Oil and Gas Industry activities in Nigeria.
Generally speaking, there are three categories of DPR permits that can be granted in Nigeria:
There are job groups under this category. They are as follows:
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants for either renewal or new permit should apply by going through the following processes:
Step 1: Log on to www.ogisp.dpr.gov.ng
Step 2: Create your company account
Step 3: Complete the online application form
Step 4: Attach all applicable documents.
The following documents are for New or Renewal of DPR Permits Application:
Step 5: Submit your application
Applications are often processed within 72 hours. Successful applicants can print permit(s) online. Applications with false or forged documents will be disqualified with applicant forfeiting the remitted fees. DPR also reserves the right to prosecute in this regard. Also, DPR does not deal with unauthorized representatives of the applicant. Applicant willing to be represented must duly authorize or appoint a professional agent such lawyers for such processing and representation.
The DPR would conduct inspection/assessment of the facilities for all new applicants under the major and specialized categories, prior to a consideration for the issuance of permits. Inspections would also be conducted on companies whose permits had not been renewed for more than three (3) years preceding an application. All applications under Major and Specialized categories will be subjected to further evaluation by relevant Divisions/Units in the DPR; and assessed for their professional competencies and capabilities. It may be necessary to inspect existing companies/businesses that have applied for renewals from time to time.
Companies must have a physical presence in Nigeria. Inspections are without notice and without prejudice to existing permits and/or approvals.
Payments of statutory fees can be made directly through any Nigerian bank or any convenient electronic payment option – further payment instructions are available at the point of payment on the OGISP portal.
The payment of the statutory fees does not guarantee the issuance of a permit. Permits are issued only after applicants have fulfilled all other necessary conditions.
All DPR statutory fees are as indicated in the table below:
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The subsequent renewal of any expiring DPR licenses can now be submitted online accompanying with relevant documents for processing and payment of statutory fees. The renewal, like the new one, can be granted within a few days after the submission of the online application for renewal.
In conclusion, getting a DPR Permit used to be a tedious and time consuming process until the start of the online application medium. Now, it is easier and should not take a longer time to be processed provided that all requirements are met in compliance with the demands of the Department of Petroleum Resources.
By Oil & Gas Law Unit at Resolution Law Firm