The Petroleum Directorate Sierra Leone (PDSL) has recently participated in the 25th Africa Oil Week held from 5th to 9th November 2018 at the International Convention Centre in Cape Town, South Africa.

A five-man delegation led by the Director General, Mr. Timothy Kabba continued industry consultation with stakeholders with the aim of attracting high quality oil and gas companies that will stimulate investment into the sector and deliver on the Government’s commitment to developing its natural resources for sustainable development. In line with the PDSL’s strategy for an expanded dialogue, the PDSL held meetings with several companies who have shown an interest in exploring for oil and gas in Sierra Leone, as well as companies that have previously operated in Sierra Leone.

During the conference, Mr Kabba also participated in a high-level governmental panel discussion on the topic “Developing robust national roadmaps for future success: Opportunities and strategies”. Whilst giving his perspective on the role of a national oil company/regulatory agency, Mr Kabba opined that the setting up of a national oil company/regulatory agency should largely depend on the stage of operations in the petroleum value chain. He explained the PDSL’s strategy, which is to take advantage of the current timing and continue building a strong human capacity in order to face the challenges that would arise if commerciality (oil or gas in commercial quantities) is declared. Mr. Kabba said that based on PDSL’s current capacity building initiatives, it is well placed to promote opportunities available and facilitate investment security for potential stakeholders.

On building partnerships, the Director General commented that building relationships through contracts that Government signs with investors presents long-lasting partnerships that can be used to the PDSL’s advantage. He noted that Sierra Leone is endowed with natural resources but has no financial capital to undertake investment to develop these resources. A key approach therefore for building the right partnership was to understand what is required from a partner and create a scenario that strikes a balance between creating returns for the investor without compromising the intention of government to create wealth and better lives for the citizenry.

In another engagement, a member of the delegation Mr. Mustapha Tarawally, also gave a presentation on “Oil and Gas Opportunities in Sierra Leone” at the highly technical “Prospects Forum” at the Africa Oil Week. In his presentation, Mr. Tarawally showcased Sierra Leone’s petroleum potential by providing insights into the regional geology underpinnings and working petroleum systems that have driven exploration activities to date, deep and shallow water prospectivity, open acreages and the technical data available for licensing. Mr. Tarawally also showcased the in-house technical interpretation that was conducted by the PDSL in collaboration with its technical partners ERCL, which has led to the development of a new narrative that is now being presented to prospective oil and gas companies. The PDSL also informed the audience about the data room in Sierra Leone that can be visited by oil and gas companies in order to access high quality 2D and 3D seismic data, well data, as well as numerous technical reports.

The Africa Oil Week is a premier event bringing together key stakeholders in Africa’s upstream oil and gas market, thereby providing a platform wherein governments, national oil companies, investors, independents and financiers can discuss and share knowledge aimed at shaping the continent’s future on the exploration, development and production of hydrocarbons across established basins and frontier countries.

This year’s event saw the participation of over twenty (20) national oil companies, ministries and regulatory agencies sharing their strategies for growth, increased collaboration and participation in the upstream oil and gas sector, as well as announcing bid rounds, open acreage and newly acquired data.

Director General of Sierra Leone Petroleum Directorate to consult with Petroleum Industry investors

In August 2018 Mr Timothy Kabba was appointed as Director General

of the Sierra Leone Petroleum Directorate. Mr Kabba brings fresh perspectives to the current Fourth Sierra Leone Licensing Round and in step with the Government’s New Direction initiative, he has decided to expand the dialogue and enter a period of industry consultation.

This consultation process is expected to last for up to 6 months and requires the temporary suspension of the ongoing Fourth Licensing Round.

Mr. Timothy Kabba, Director General of the Sierra Leone Petroleum Directorate commented: “The Republic of Sierra Leone is committed to attracting long-term investment through the development of its natural resources. The Petroleum Directorat

e’s mission is to deliver this investment through a process that creates maximum value for both the investor and the country’s people. I look forward to meeting with the industry during this important consultation process

Jonathan Copus, CEO of the Getech Group commented: “The offshore waters of Sierra Leone contain proven petroleum systems and the country’s Fourth Licensing Round has generated significant levels of interest. This has led to a busy and wide-ranging dialogue with a variety of high-quality international oil and gas companies. Through a process of consultation, the staff of the Petroleum Directorate and Getech will work in partnership to narrow and focus the License Round conversation – the shared goal being the successful conclusion of that Round.

New Leadership for Petroleum Directorate

New Leadership for Petroleum Directorate

On July 20 2018, erstwhile Director General Mr. Raymond Kargbo, handed over the mantle of leadership to Mr. Timothy Kabba, as incoming Director General of the Petroleum Directorate, in a short but well attended ceremony. The handing over event was prompted by the parliamentary confirmation of President Bio’s appointment of Mr. Kabba to the position.

Mr. Kabba is generally believed to have hit the ground running on sharing his challenging but achievable mission against the background of his familiarity with the management terrain as well as  his international experience and expertise in the upstream oil and gas subsector.

In a series of engagements so far with various stakeholders including staff members of the Directorate, incumbent as well as potential oil and gas exploration corporations and other key partners, the newly appointed CEO has consistently articulated his mission to translate into reality, President Bio‘s vision of optimizing the beneficial outcomes of extractive resources in the best interest of Sierra Leoneans-present and future generations.

Recognizing the taxing tasks ahead, and as a key element of his plan of action, Mr. Kabba has targeted securing the unqualified cooperation of all stakeholders, and vowed to work with all partners including investors, technical partners, development partners, other government agencies, and local communities for the common good.

A good number of these stake holding community members have reciprocally assured the new CEO, his team and the Petroleum Directorate of their renewed commitment to support Government’s transformative efforts, against the background of a shared vision for changing the fortunes of our Nation to a desirable state.


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PESGB Africa Conference

The Petroleum Directorate of Sierra Leone with partners ERCL Ltd (Getech Group Company) attended the PESGB Africa Conference 2017 at the Business Design Centre, London between 31st August and 1st September.

Oil and Gas Outlook for Sierra Leone Presentation

On Thursday 27th July at a meeting of the PESGB 3 Counties Regional Group in Henley on Thames UK, John Clark from ERCL (A Getech Group Company) presented an Oil and Gas Outlook for Sierra Leone on behalf of the Petroleum Directorate of Sierra Leone. Four members of the Petroleum Directorate technical team attended the meeting who were on a two week visit to the UK.

The talk was a great success and was well-attended by oil industry representatives. The presentation focussed on the recent activity in Sierra Leone and the future, with the Petroleum Directorates data room now open in Freetown.

Petroleum Directorate takes ownership of its Data

3 July 2017

The Petroleum Directorate is pleased to announce that, following a successful collaboration with TGS Nopec, ownership of a series of 3D seismic surveys acquired by TGS under a multi-client agreement has now reverted to the Petroleum Directorate. The surveys include the Blocks 4 & 5 survey (2008), the Blocks 3, 4A, 4B / 4A Extension (2011 / 14) and the merged Fusion 3D dataset. The location of these 3D volumes is illustrated below.

These surveys are now available to view at the Data Room in PDSL offices in Freetown, and are available to license by companies wishing to evaluate the exploration prospectivity of Sierra Leone. Read more

Petroleum Directorate Dataroom is now open to potential investors

For more information on the Data Room in Freetown please contact the below listed:
Director General Raymond Kargbo on
Senior Petroleum Geologist Masa Bah on
Senior Petroleum Geophysicist Mustapha Koroma on


January 2017 – PDSL ERCL Presentation on West African Transform Margin at Sierra Leone Institution of Geoscientists

Gareth Williams of ERCL with the PDSL team presented on the West African Transform Margin at SLIG January meeting


November 2016 – PDSL Attended Africa Oil Week in Cape Town

A PDSL delegation attended Africa Oil Week 2016 in Cape Town, with PDSL having a stand. Director General Raymond Kargbo gave a presentation on the ‘Oil and Gas Outlook for Sierra Leone.’