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:
- The General Purpose: This category covers Minor Supplies, Works and Maintenance services and do not require specialized or certified competencies. Applicants are expected to choose not more than one (1) service/job from the three (3) classifications. Not more than two services could be chosen under the Works classification.
There are job groups under this category. They are as follows:
- WORKS (Artisans): This includes Minor Welding, Minor plumbing, Minor Painting, and Photographic.
- MAINTENANCE (Artisans): This includes Minor Civil, Minor Mechanical and Minor Electrical.
- SUPPLY: This includes Minor Civil Maintenance Materials, Minor Mechanical Maintenance Materials, Minor Electrical Maintenance Materials, Plumbing Materials, Minor Computer Accessories/Consumables, Welding Materials, Minor Catering Services (Provision of Snacks and Beverages for Meetings, etc.)
- Others as may be determined by the Director of Petroleum Resources.
- Major Category: Under the Major Category applicants are required to possess relevant and verifiable technical/special skills. There are many job groups in this category. Some of them are Consultancy, Aviation support, laboratory, Protocol and Logistics and so on.
- Specialized Category: Under the Specialized Category, applicants are required to possess relevant and verifiable technical/special skills with different job categories like Offshore Pipeline laying and construction, Onshore Pipeline laying and construction and many others.
LIST OF REQUIREMENTS FOR DPR PERMITS
The following documents are required for any New or Renewal of DPR Permits Application:
- Certificate of Incorporation
- A certified true copy of Memorandum and Articles of Assoc.
- Other company incorporation documents, such as CAC Form 1.1 or CAC Form CO2 & CAC Form CO7
- Current Tax Clearance Certificate
- List of Equipment/Facility available to the company
- Receipt of payment of the Employee’s Compensation Scheme (Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund)
- Medical Retainership Agreement with a hospital.
- Company’s Profile
- Staff’s list (including the position and qualification of staff)
- DPR endorsed the request for the expatriate quota (where applicable)
- List of approved expatriate quota position and their Nigerian understudies (where applicable)
- Proposed training programme for Nigerian staff for the current year
- Registration by a relevant professional body (where applicable)
- Technical agreement or MOU with Nigerian Company/DPR accredited laboratory (where applicable)
- Health, Safety, Environment and Community (HSEC) Management System
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 may conduct inspection/assessment of the facilities for all new applicants under the major and specialized categories, prior to 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. DPR may inspect any 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, the DPR Permits no longer take a long 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 Department at Resolution Law Firm
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