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Nigeria - Applying for Oil Prospecting Licence(OPL)

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Apply In-Person

  1. To apply for Oil Prospecting Licence in person, the applicant has to visit the office of Department of Petroleum Resources of Nigeria.
  2. The address and contact details of the Department of Petroleum Resources can be found in the following link: Link
  3. Visit the office and obtain an application form to be completed for obtaining Oil Prospecting Licence from the relevant department.
  4. Complete the application form with appropriate information under relevant sections. Attest it with your signature once completed.
  5. Once completed filling the application form, make sure that you have attached all the documents listed in the “Required documents” section of this page.
  6. Then, submit it in person to the relevant authority at the office. Make the stipulated payment as directed by the officials.
  7. After submission, the application and other documents will be forwarded for examination and verification processes.
  8. Once the verification and validation processes are over, the application will be approved and the officials will proceed to take required steps to issue the license.
  9. When the document is ready to be collected, the applicant will be notified by the office and the applicant can collect it by any applicable means.


Required Documents[edit]

  • Completed application form
  • Work programme proposal
  • Formulated Annual Expenditure
  • Operational Layout
  • Recruitment and training programmes scheme
  • Document depicting Marketing capacity
  • Annual report of relevant activity carried out previously
  • Audited Financial reports
  • Technical capacity analysis report
  • Documented prospectus
  • Applicable Proof of Commitment
  • Any supporting document (as required)

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

Department of Petroleum Resources - Head Office,
Ministry of Petroleum Resources,
Block D, NNPC Towers,
Herbert Macaulay way,
Central Business District, Abuja.
Tel: (09) 460 84820
Email: [email protected]
Website: Link


  • Any organisation incorporated in Nigeria, that wishes to involve in Prospecting oil resources, can apply.


  • Please contact the office for fees details.


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  • Applicants are advised to complete the application form neatly and completely with absolute legibility and appropriateness to avoid rejections. Also, all the required documents must be furnished completely.

Required Information[edit]

  • Applicant particulars
  • Identification document number
  • Particulars of the company
  • Registration number
  • Company Incorporation details
  • Address and contact details
  • Payment receipt number (if any)
  • GSM telephone number
  • Email address

Need for the Document[edit]

  • If a Nigerian organisation/company is about to perform Oil Prospecting, it must obtain and possess Oil Prospecting License from the Department of Petroleum resources of Nigeria.

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