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The Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) was established in 1993 under the administrative control of Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas through Government of India Resolution. Objectives of DGH are to promote sound management of the oil and natural gas resources having a balanced regard for environment, safety, technological and economic aspects of the petroleum activity.


DGH has been entrusted with several responsibilities like implementation of New Exploration Licensing Policy (NELP), matters concerning the Production Sharing Contracts for discovered fields and exploration blocks, promotion of investment in E and P Sector and monitoring of E and P activities including review of reservoir performance of producing fields. In addition, DGH is also engaged in opening up of new unexplored areas for future exploration and development of non-conventional hydrocarbon energy sources like Coal Bed Methane(CBM) as also futuristic hydrocarbon energy resources like Gas Hydrates and Oil Shales.

DG's Message

DGH Image Dear All, Having been appointed as the Director General of Hydrocarbons, it gives me immense pleasure to re-connect with the Country’s Oil and Gas sector through this momentous organization after a decade. For past 25 years, DGH has been attaining new heights in its objective to promote sound management of the Indian petroleum


Signing of Contracts awarded under OALP Bid Rounds- II & III
Government had approved award of 32 exploration blocks through Open Acreage Licensing Programme Bid Rounds - II & III. The signing of contracts, at an event 'Contract Signing ceremony' with successful bidders of OALP Bid Rounds -II & III was held in New Delhi on 16th July 2019. The Event was presided over by Sh. Dharmendra Pradhan, Hon'ble Minister of Petroleum & Natural and Minister of Steel.
Launch of DSF Bid Round II
Bid round –II under Discovered Small Field Policy offering 59 discoveries clubbed into 25 new contract areas was launched on 9th August, 2018 at New Delhi .The event was presided over by Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.
Inauguration of NDR SDC at Bhubaneswar
Hon'ble Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Shri Dharmendra Pradhan and Hon'ble Union Minister of Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice, Shri. Ravi Shankar Prasad inaugurated the Secondary Data Centre of National Data Repository (NDR) at STPI-ELITE Building in Bhubaneswar on Aug 4th,2018.