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Registration Guidelines For Upstream Petroleum Companies (Initial)


All companies which intend to operate in Ghana's upstream petroleum sector are required to register with the Petroleum Commission and be issued with a permit (renewable annually) before commencement of operations. Below is the process:


A. Acquisition of Application Pack

  • An application pack must be obtained from Petroleum Commission for a non-refundable fee of One Hundred Ghana Cedis (GH₵100) payable by Banker’s Draft ONLY to Petroleum Commission, Ghana.


B. Submission of Application Form and Related Documents

  • Duly filled application forms and related documents should be comb bound and three (3) copies submitted. Application for registration MUST be submitted with the following documents:

























  • If an applicant cannot submit any of the documents listed above, the applicant will have to obtain a waiver from the appropriate Government agency.




For Joint Venture Companies, please also include the following:


    1. A plan clearly stating:

a.    the  roles and responsibilities of the joint venture parties in the joint venture company;

b.    the equity participation of the joint venture parties;

c.    the strategy for the transfer of technology and know-how to the indigenous Ghanaian company. 

      2. Regulations of the Company covering, among other things, the following:

      i.     Shares structure and the shareholders rights (including classes of shares and voting rights).

    ii.      Reserved Matters

   iii.      Dividend policy

   iv.       Transfer of Shares & Pre-emptive Rights

    v.       Obligatory Transfer Events 

    vi.      Board of Directors (Executive & Non Executive)

   vii.      Deadlock Provisions

  viii.      Tug Along Rights

      3. Board resolution of the two companies approving the incorporation of the joint venture company.

      4. Audited Financial Statement of the indigenous and non-indigenous Ghanaian companies for the last three (3) years.

    5. Key Personnel (CEO, COO, CFO and other senior Management Personnel) and brief description of their jobs, mandates, roles and      responsibilities. 



    1.  All  communications  to  the  Petroleum  Commission  must  be  on  the  applicant company’s official letter head and addressed to the           CEO of the Commission.

   2.   Application for the Registration Permit must be made by the corporate head of the company or an authorized representative.

  3.    An  application  shall  be  rendered  void  if  forged  or  if  it  is  detected  that  fake documents have  been  submitted.  Sanctions may apply in accordance with the law.

   4.    Tax Clearance and SSNIT clearance certificates submitted with the application must be valid at the time of submission.

  5.     Information  provided  by  an  applicant  on  completed  application  forms  that  are submitted  and  processed  by  the  Commission  shall  not  be  amended  until  the renewal of the Permit.

   6.     The Commission would review all applications and where necessary, may carry out site/facility inspections. The outcome of the review could be any of the following:

              (i) Application rejected

             (ii) Additional information required

            (iii) Application Approved

Successful applicants would be required to pay appropriate fees based on their Annual Turnover (for already existing companies) or Projected Revenue (for newly formed companies) in accordance with The Petroleum Commission (Fees and Charges) Regulations, 2015 (L.I. 2221).



  1. Permits will only be issued by the Petroleum Commission after the applicant has satisfactorily met all requirements and paid the appropriate fee.
  2. Permits may be ready for collection five (5) working days after the appropriate fees have been paid.
  3. Permits should be picked up by an authorized representative with a valid company or National ID (Driver’s license, Voter’s ID, Passport, etc).
  4. Expiration date of the Permit shall be at the anniversary of issuance.  


Schedule for Submission of Applications - Click here

Documents Source
Cover Letter Applicant
Certificate of Incorporation Registrar General's Dept.
Certificate to Commence Business Registrar General's Dept.
Company Regulations (Company Code) Registrar General's Dept.
Letter from Registrar General with Form 20 & 21 attached Registrar General’s Dept.
Audited Financial Reports Applicant
Valid SSNIT Clearance Certificate SSNIT
Business Plan Applicant
Company Profile Applicant
Copy of Application pack receipts Applicant

Petroleum Commission


Plot No. 4A, George Bush Highway, Accra, Ghana

P.O. Box CT 228 Cantonments, Accra, Ghana

Telephone: +233 [0] 302 953392 | +233 [0] 302 953393


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