DPR OSP PERMIT IN NIGERIA
The Federal Government of Nigeria through Minister of Petroleum Resources launched the Nigerian Petroleum Industry Offshore Safety Permit (“OSP”). The primary purpose of launch of the OSP is for the tracking of personnel working in Onshore and Offshore locations, managing installations owned and/ or operated by Oil and Gas operators and contractors in Nigeria to achieve the vision of zero offshore incidents.
DPR OSP PERMIT is issued to company’s contractor’s personnel that operate in Nigerian Onshore and Offshore Oil and Gas locations.
When making the application, make sure you confirm with your personnel if they have previously been registered for or issued an OSP card (permit), as no personnel is authorized to have more than one OSP card. If they have already been issued permits, you may only be required to pay for the renewal of their permit rather than the full cost of a new registration.
In 2011, the Department of Petroleum Resources (“DPR”) in Nigeria began the issuance of the OSP in connection with new safety and personnel accountability measures in the offshore areas of the Nigerian oil and gas industry .
All Exploration and Production Companies, as well as Oil Services Companies working in offshore areas of the Petroleum Industry are now obligated to obtain OSPs in respect of personnel working offshore.
The DPR has appointed a company as its agent for the administration of the OSP issuance process and for maintaining the requisite personnel safety records. The DPR agent shall also be responsible for issuing the OSPs, as well as maintaining Personnel on Board tracking system for the Petroleum Industry. OSPs are to be issued upon completion of the relevant information such as the offshore worker’s bio-data and employment information contained in the application form and payment of prescribed fees.
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The current application fee for the OSP is $680 one off payment for every offshore worker and is renewable on a yearly basis at a fee of $135.