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The Ministry of Petroleum & Energy of The Republic of The Gambia is pleased to announce the official licensing of Offshore Block A1 to BP Exploration (Gambia) Ltd. a subsidiary of BP Exploration Operating Company Limited. This license provides the necessary legal framework for the Exploration of the A1 acreage, the eventual development of fields (upon the discovery of hydrocarbons) and the ultimate production of Oil and/or Gas from Block A1. The License was signed by the Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Honourable Fafa Sanyang, witnessed by key government stakeholders and the Executive delegation from the British Petroleum (BP) Company at the Ministry’s office Conference Hall, 8th Floor of Petroleum House, Brusubi Roundabout. This monumental achievement represents one of the most historic and valuable agreements our country has entered into since independence and has the realistic potential to positively transform our country and bring out significant transformative economic development pending the discovery of hydrocarbons and the efficient management of such discoveries. The Agreement is the culmination of years of work and the application of best industry practices through a most transparent process with the involvement of all the key industry stakeholders across government. From pre-launch consultations, to the official launch of the Licensing process in November of 2017, Request for Information Process, Request for Proposal Process and the eventual final negotiations for the A1 license, there has been an unprecedented interest in Gambian acreages from numerous International Oil Companies. Throughout these processes, our team of experts across our national institutions with assistance from the African Development Bank (through the African Legal Support Facility) and the law firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) with the support of local Counsel (Senghore Law Practice) under the leadership of the Ministry of Petroleum & Energy ensured systematic communication with stakeholders through the Ministry’s website and on international platforms. The just concluded process has seen the review and continuous improvement of legal instruments connected to the Petroleum Sector and the adoption of a Model Petroleum Exploration and Production License Agreement which will ensure the protection of our resources, open new opportunities for domestic representation, as guided by our policy objectives, promote the involvement of local Gambian individuals, businesses and companies in upstream investment opportunities to ensure that The Gambia obtains the greatest possible benefits from the petroleum resources, develop our national capabilities in all aspects of the petroleum industry and obtain effective transfer of appropriate technology and skills related to upstream petroleum operations. The signing of this monumental petroleum licence with BP, one of the world’s largest and oldest International Oil Companies, indicates that The Gambia will forge ahead with a true and strong partner, who will work with us to achieve our policy objectives to promote increased Exploration & Production activities. The provisions in the license ensure that petroleum operations are undertaken in The Gambia in a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable and responsible manner. The Ministry will continue to pursue its vision to be performance-driven and would ensure that the Gambia's Petroleum sector contributes to the sustainable development of the country. Our mission is to ensure maximum benefit from the country's hydrocarbon resources through an efficient, safe and environmentally friendly manner that will enhance and contribute to the growth of our national wealth. The signing of this prize-toping deal is a realisation of the Ministry’s mandate to harness and promote the country's hydrocarbon potentials for the development of The Gambia through negotiating the award of exploration and production licenses, negotiating bilateral and multilateral cooperation agreements, and developing policies and strategies to enhance the development of the industry. The Government of The Gambia through the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy will continue to pursue the attainment of its policy objectives to create a conducive, stable and predictable policy, legal and regulatory framework and a competitive fiscal regime with a view to attracting direct greater foreign investment in the upstream sector. We look forward to an inclusive development process with our partners as we start a process of institutional and public engagement for a clearer understanding of the industry to ensure the harnessing of all potential opportunities at our disposal as a country and its respective peoples. Periodic engagements, releases and milestone announcements on this and other licenses will be availed to the public as and when available following due process and in accordance with the license agreement and the laws of The Gambia.

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Information on Goods and Services Procurement


FAR Gambia Ltd as operator of A2 and A5 licences is preparing to drill the first exploration oil well before the end of the year.

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Invitation to bid


The Gambia National Petroleum Corporation hereby invites you to participate as a Bidder in the Tender described herein. The Gambia Public Procurement Act defines a Tender as a type of Bid and anyone submitting a Tender or other Bid is known as a Bidder. Under the Tender process, there will be a public opening of all bids received at the place and at the time stated in paragraph 8 below.

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News & Events

Ministry of Petroleum, partners Start Gambito Seismic Survey Offshore
Ministry of Petroleum, partners Start Gambito Seismic Survey Offshore

The ministry of Petroleum in partnership with Norwegian seismic company TGS has started a 3D seismic survey offshore The Gambia. The survey which has started on the 16th April 2020 will last for over two months. Mr Jerreh Barrow Commissioner of Petroleum, ministry of Petroleum says data management is at the core of Ministry’s Exploration Policy adding that this project is the single largest seismic data acquisition project in the Gambia.

FAR Limited suspends drill and  exploration of offshore wells  in The Gambia due to Covid-19
FAR Limited suspends drill and exploration of offshore wells in The Gambia due to Covid-19

Australian oil and gas company FAR Limited has suspended its plans to drill an exploration well offshore The Gambia as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and the government has closed its borders. FAR Limited is the operator of the A2 and A5 blocks located offshore the Gambia and has been preparing to drill an exploration well in the second half of 2020, but these plans now need to be adjusted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

GNPC officials embark on a feasibility tour at PETRONAS Institutions in Malaysia.
GNPC officials embark on a feasibility tour at PETRONAS Institutions in Malaysia.

Delegates pose after MoU signing to train GNPC Geoscientists and Petroleum Engineers In pursuant to the goal of the Board of Directors and Management of the Gambia National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), to forge strategic partnerships with other National Oil Companies to study and adapt “Best Practice” and build the capacities of the Board, Management and Staff, a delegation was sent to Malaysia to sign an MoU with PETRONAS owned institutions in preparation for the exploratory activities by the Licensees which are scheduled for 2020 and 2021.