DPR Automates Downstream Oil and Gas Operations


The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) says it has launched its digitization initiative for Downstream operations under the ‘Automated Downstream System’ (ADS) program.

According to the DPR, the digitization initiative is designed to improve overall efficiency and accelerate DPR Downstream Regulatory performance by reducing application processing time, enhance transparency, provide platform for accurate Downstream statistics, integrate with other stakeholders for document verification purposes and improve revenue collection.


“The ADS is in line with DPR’s alignment with government’s ease of doing business policy which is geared towards economic growth,” the department stated.

According to the organization, the initiative comprises amongst others, the following licences and permits:

A. Retail Outlet Monitoring (ROMS) license for kerosene peddlers, Retail stations and industrial consumers
B. Import/Export Permit (IMPEX) for Petroleum products
C. Coastal Vessel Licence (CVL)
D. Lube Oil Blending Plant Licence (LOBL)
E. Depot Licence (DL)
F. Refining Processing Licence (RPL)

WIth the Automated downstream system in place, the DPR says it no longer accepts manual processing of Downstream applications, “as all Applications for license and permits have been migrated to digital platforms.”

Applicants are therefore expected to visit the Electronic License and Permit System (ELPS) portal on DPR’s website ( www.dpr.gov.ng) and take the following steps:

Step 1: Create your company account by completing your corporate profile

Step 2: Apply for license or Permit Required

Step 3: Pay application fee online or through bank branches nationwide

Step 4: Upload required documents in PDF or TIFF file format

Step 5: Review and submit application for processing

Step 6: DPR issuance of Licence or Permit

The department says it has also introduced the Smart Inspector solution to ease technical inspection, real-time data gathering and monitoring of oil and gas facilities to ensure safety and regulatory compliance .

It further explained that the digitization initiatives are integrated into the Corporate Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) application system which is the platform for its business system automation.