The Directorate is responsible for Overall coordination of upstream, midstream and downstream Petroleum operations. The Directorate is headed by Secretary, Petroleum, Mr. Martin M. Heya, OGW.


  • Overall coordination of Upstream, Mid-stream and Downstream Petroleum operations;
  • Development and review of Policies, Legal, Regulatory and Contractual Framework for spearheading upstream and mid-stream and downstream petroleum operations;
  • Negotiation and the regulation of Production Sharing Contracts;
  • Advising on change of administration in active Production Sharing Contracts;
  • Ensure security of supply of petroleum products in the country;
  • Capacity development in the areas of Petroleum Geosciences, Petroleum Engineering, Petroleum Economics, Petroleum Accounting, Petroleum Resource Appraisal & Management and Procurement techniques;
  • Enforcement of Environmental Protection and Management regulations in liaison with National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA);
  • Ensuring buildup of local content capacity in line with National Policy Goals;
  • Development and updating of Petroleum Master-Plan for exploration, development, production and marketing of the produced oil & gas; and
  • Development and review of modalities and strategies for licensing of Petroleum exploration Blocks in bid rounds and custodian of all signed Production Sharing Contracts.



The Directorate of Petroleum has three divisions namely

  • Upstream
  • Mid/Downstream

Upstream Division

This division oversees Exploration and Production (E&P) of petroleum resources i.e. searching for potential underground or underwater (offshore) crude oil and natural gas fields, drilling exploratory and appraisal wells, and development of discovered production fields for the crude oil and/or raw natural gas.

Mid/Downstream Division

This division oversees transportation of both crude and refined petroleum products, storage, and wholesale marketing of crude or refined petroleum products. The Midstream operations are often taken to include some elements of the Upstream and Downstream sectors. For example, the Midstream sector may include natural gas processing plants that purify the raw natural gas as well as removing and producing elemental sulphur and natural gas liquids (NGL) as finished end-products.

Downstream Division

The Division is responsible for refining of petroleum crude oil, processing and purifying of raw natural gas, as well as the marketing and distribution of products derived from crude oil and natural gas.

The Division reaches consumers through products such as gasoline or petrol, kerosene, jet fuel, diesel oil, heating oil, fuel oils, lubricants, waxes, asphalt, natural gas, and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as well as numerous petrochemicals.

Petroleum Department