Department of Petroleum Resources


What is DPR? 

The Department of Petroleum Resources is the government regulatory body saddled with the responsibility of overseeing the safety of all operations in the oil and gas industry and other regulations that relate to the exportation and importation of petroleum products into the country.

The DPR was established in 1988 by the Petroleum (Drilling and Production (Amendment) Regulations 1988. DPR is one of the departments under the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources and is responsible to the Ministry

What is the role of the DPR?

The functions of DPR include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Monitoring of all oil and gas operations in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors.
  2. Processing and issuing of licenses and leases.
  3. Supervising all Petroleum Industry operations being carried out under licenses and leases in the country.
  4. Ensuring that all health, safety and environmental regulations conform to international best oil and gas operations practices.
  5. Maintaining records on all petroleum industry operations.
  6. Ensure timely and accurate payments of Rents, Royalties and other revenues due to the government.
  7. Advising Government and relevant Government agencies on technical matters and public policies that may have impact on the administration and petroleum activities.

What is the structure of DPR?

The Director of Petroleum Resources is the head of DPR. He is empowered to formulate Regulations/Guidelines from time to time for the smooth and safe operations in the Oil and Gas Industry. This duty is discharged in collaboration with the heads of various departments in DPR. They are:

  1. Head, Safety, Health and Environment.
  2. Head, Gas Monitoring and Regulation.
  3. Head, Planning.
  4. Head, Engineering and Standards.
  5. Head, Corporate Services.
  6. Head, Basinal Assessment/Lease Administration and Office of the Director.
  7. Head, Upstream Monitoring and Regulation.
  8. Head, Finance and Accounts.
  9. Head, Downstream Monitoring and Regulation.

Who is the Head of DPR?

The Director of petroleum resources of Nigeria is the highest position in the DPR; the Director oversees and monitors all actions in the department. The current chairman of the DPR is Mr Mordecai Ladan. He has been in office from 2016 till date.

What sector does the Agency regulate?

The DPR is responsible for all affairs relating to the oil and gas industry (upstream, midstream and downstream).

What activities does the Agency regulate?

DPR is responsible for monitoring and overseeing activities that relate to production, importation and exportation of petroleum products to ensure safety and compliance with regulations.


What services does DPR provide?

All DPR’s processing and applications can be carried out on the portal. The portal offers the following services:

  1. Registration for DPR service permits.
  2. Obtaining licenses for offshore and onshore petroleum activities.
  3. Renewal of permits.
  4. Verification of permits and licenses. 


The guidelines on how to register various kinds of permits with DPR can be downloaded here


  • Website:

  • Office Addresses: 

Head Office: 7 Kofo Abayomi, Victoria Island Lagos

Abuja Offices: 7, Sylvester Ugoh Crescent, Jabi,Abuja.

Port Harcourt Office: 4 -9, Moscow Road. NNPC, Port Harcourt.

Warri Office: 19/21, Warri Sapele Road.

Kaduna Office: 24, Gobarau Road, GRA, Kaduna.

Owerri Office: 1, Chief Patrick Esomonu Avenue, Owerri, Imo State.

  • Phone Numbers: +234 (1) 2790000, +234(1) 9037150
  • Email Addresses:


If you need any help accessing services from DPR, you may request our services via our portal or send us an email –


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