Functions of Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR)

The Department of Petroleum Resource was established to serve a great deal of purpose, and the department is working under the direct supervision of the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources.

The real purpose why the department of petroleum resources was established was to explore petroleum products in Nigeria and to also import these petroleum products.

The department of petroleum resources is also saddled with responsibility of overseeing the activities relating to oil exploration and importation, and as well, ensuring that, there is safety and compliance to the regulations that regulates the activities that have to do with exportation and importation of petroleum products in the country.

Functions of Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR)

Another responsibility of the department of petroleum resources is to also manage the upstream and the downstream sector of the petroleum industry in Nigeria.

Hence, in the Nigerian federal government quest to ensure that the department of petroleum resources meet the objectives to which it was established, the federal government has further established the National Production Monitoring Systems with a view to ensure that, the agency monitors every royalty payables.

The department of petroleum resources has a duty of demanding for notices from those organizations that deal with petroleum products in the country.

Functions of the Department Of Petroleum Resources:

The department of petroleum resources was established with some statutory functions, some of these functions would be discussed in this article.

1. Ensures Compliance To Petroleum Laws:

As mentioned earlier, the department of petroleum resources is assigned with a number of functions, one of such functions is that of ensuring  that there is compliance to every petroleum law, every petroleum regulation, as well as, every petroleum guideline in the Oil and Gas sector of the Nigerian economy.

In achieving this responsibility, the department of petroleum resources will have to monotor operations at drilling sites, operations st producing wells, operations at production platforms, as well as, operations at the flowstations.

Other areas expected to be monitored by the department of petroleum resources are crude oil export terminals, and refineries, and storage depots, and pump stations, including retail outlets.

Wherever petroleum products is being sold or stored, including every pipeline that carried crude oil, and all the pipelines that carried natural gas and other petroleum products are monitored by the department of petroleum resources.

2. Supervises Petroleum Industry Operations

Another function of the department of petroleum resources is the supervision of the petroleum industry operations in Nigeria.

The department of petroleum resources must make sure that, every petroleum industry operating in the country operates under the licenses and under the leases in Nigeria.

By so doing the petroleum industries operating in Nigeria will help in boosting the economy of Nigeria through their operations in the country.

3. Monitors Petroleum Industry Operations

The department of petroleum resources is also saddled with the responsibility of ensuring that the activities of the petroleum industry operations in the country is monitored.

The purpose of monitoring these petroleum industry operations in the country is simply to ensure that, the operators in the petroleum industry are operating in accordance with the guidelines, for typical example, they will make sure that the operators in the petroleum industry are operating according to the national objectives and in line with the national aspirations.

The department of petroleum resources monitory role include those areas, such as flaring down and that of domestic gas supply obligations.

4. Ensures Safety And Health Environment

This particular function of the department of petroleum resources is very important, since it has to do with safety and healthy environment.

Therefore, it is the duty of the department of petroleum resources to ensure that there is healthy environment, as well as saty environment.

Such working environment within the petroleum industry is achieved through the department of petroleum resources in making sure that, the safety environment regulations is in line with the national best practice in petroleum industry, in fact, the department of petroleum resources will make sure that such regulations conform to that of international best practices in oil and gas sector.

5. Maintains Records On Petroleum Industry Operations

The department of petroleum resources is also saddled with the responsibility of ensuring that records of the petroleum industry operations are maintained.

The maintenance of the records of the petroleum industry operations becomes necessary and important, since such records also have to do with those issues that have to do with petroleum reserves, and petroleum production and petroleum export, including licenses and leases.

6. Advises Government And Its Agencies

Advising government on matters relating to oil and gas, both in the exploration and exportation of petroleum products remains one of the functions of the department of petroleum resources.

Its advisory role is not limited to government, the department of petroleum resources also do advised government agencies and government parastatals, particularly, on those areas that have to do with policies and other technical issues that can affect petroleum industry operations and other administrative purposes.

7. Processes Industry Applications for Licenses

Another function of the department of petroleum resources has been that of ensuring that all applications seeking for licenses are processed.

Other applications processed by the department of petroleum resources include applications for leases, and applications for permit.

Therefore, while processing these applications, due consideration is taken to ensure that those that qualified for the licenses and leases and permit are given accordingly.

8. Ensures Timely Payment Of Revenues To Government

The department of petroleum resources has been making sure that revenues meant for the government are paid at when due and in time.

The timely payment of revenues to the government, as encouraged by the department of petroleum resources must be made accurately, and these include, payment of rents, payment of royalties and other payables that is due to government as revenue.

9. Maintains Data Repository

Another function of the department of petroleum resources is to ensure that data repository are well maintained, and these maintained data are national data.

Therefore it remains the function of the department of petroleum resources to not only maintain these national data repository, but to also administer the data.

Conclusion:

The actual reason why the department of petroleum resources was established was to explore petroleum products in Nigeria and to also import these petroleum products.

The department of petroleum resources is also saddled with responsibility of overseeing the activities relating to oil exploration and importation, and as well, ensuring that, there is safety and compliance to the regulations that regulates the activities that have to do with exportation and importation of petroleum products in the country.

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