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Inspection, Monitoring & Licensing (IML)

retail outlets mapsThe IML Department is one of the departments under the Technical Division of the Authority. As its name suggests, the activities of the Department cover inspections, monitoring and licensing of Petroleum Service Providers and their facilities.

Specific activities of IML Dept
1. Issue Permits and Licenses to various Petroleum Service Providers (PSPs);
2. Maintain a register on licenses and permits issued to various categories of PSPs;
3. Develop Guidelines/Regulations for the PSPs including petroleum marketing operations;
4. Develop Inspection Checklists for the Inspection of facilities of PSPs;
5. Develop Licensing frameworks for various PSPs;
6. Inspections of the facilities of PSPs e.g. Petroleum Product Retail Outlets, LPG Filling Plants, petroleum storage depots,
etc to ensure conformity with best practice and protocols in the petroleum downstream industry;
7. Compliance Monitoring of Petroleum Product Retail Outlets including LPG filling plants;
8. Initiate and conduct investigations into standards of quality and quantity of petroleum products offered to consumer.

Licenses and Permits
Sections 11 (1) and (2) of the NPA Act, Act 691 stipulates that:
1. A person shall not engage in a business or commercial activity in the downstream industry unless that person has been granted a license for that purpose by the Board.
2. The business or commercial activities of the downstream industry in respect of crude oil, gasoline, diesel, liquefied petroleum gas, kerosene and other designated petroleum products are
(a) importation,
(b) exportation,
(c) re-exportation,
(d) shipment,
(f) processing,
(g) refining,
(h) storage,
(i) distribution,
(j) marketing, and
(k) sale.
Section 30 of the Act also stipulates that a person shall not construct or operate in the petroleum downstream industry
(a) a petroleum products retail station,
(b) a petroleum products storage depot and pipeline,
(c) a liquefied petroleum gas depot, or
(d) an oil refinery
without the prior written authorization of the Board.

Guidelines/Regulations for PSPs
The NPA has been mandated to establish and enforce technical and operational codes of practice (standards of performance) for all the petroleum service providers licensed under the NPA Act 2005, Act 691. In line with this, the IML Dept has in place the under listed Guidelines:
1. Guidelines for the Establishment and Operation of LPG Filling Plants
2. Guidelines for the Establishment and Operation of Petroleum Product Retail Outlets

Licenses and Permits
The IML dept has outlined various requirements needed to obtain licenses and permits for the various categories of PSPs listed. These are available as Public Notices of the NPA (NPA N. 001 to NPA N. 028) Examples of licenses and permits issued by the NPA include the following: Oil Trading License, Oil Marketing Company License, Petroleum Products Retail Outlets Construction permit etc.

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Environmental Permit
MMDAs (Statutory Planning Committee)
Developmental/Building Permit
No objection letters from ECG, VRA, GWC, GHA, GCAA, National Security etc if applicable
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