At Josh and Mak International, we understand the complexities and stringent requirements involved in obtaining licences in the oil sector. This article provides a detailed guide on how to obtain a licence to establish or operate an oil testing facility in Pakistan, as regulated by the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA).

Application Process

To obtain a licence for establishing or operating an oil testing facility, an applicant must follow the process stipulated by OGRA. The key steps and requirements are as follows:

  1. Application Submission:
    • The application must be submitted in the prescribed format, which can be downloaded from OGRA’s official website.
    • The applicant must provide comprehensive details including the name and address of the company, names and addresses of the directors, and the company’s registration certificate along with the memorandum and articles of association or other legal instruments​​ .
  2. Technical and Safety Details:
    • The applicant must furnish details of the testing facilities and capacities, indicating the precise location.
    • Information on ISO certification, if any, should be attached.
    • The types of petroleum products that can be tested must be specified​​ .
  3. Expertise and Equipment:
    • The applicant needs to provide information on technical expertise and details of the testing equipment, including location-wise specifications.
    • Details of Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) and security arrangements must also be included​​ .
  4. Testing Capabilities:
    • A detailed list of tests that the facility can conduct should be provided.
    • The applicant must undertake to provide any additional information or documentation as required by OGRA from time to time​​ .

Checklist for Application

To ensure the application is complete, the following checklist should be adhered to:

  • Name and address of the company and directors (including nationality and shareholding).
  • Certificate of registration and memorandum and articles of association or other legal instruments.
  • Details of the testing facilities and capacities with precise location.
  • ISO certification, if any.
  • Details of the petroleum products that can be tested.
  • Technical expertise and details of testing equipment (location-wise).
  • HSE and security arrangements details.
  • List of tests that can be conducted.
  • A demand draft or pay order of Rs. 0.5 million in favour of OGRA (payable at Islamabad) as the licence fee​​ .

Fee Structure

The fee structure for obtaining a licence to establish or operate an oil testing facility is as follows:

  • A licence fee of Rs. 0.5 million payable at the time of application submission​​ .


Obtaining a licence to establish or operate an oil testing facility in Pakistan requires meticulous preparation and adherence to OGRA’s regulatory framework. Josh and Mak International is committed to assisting clients through every step of the application process, ensuring compliance with all legal requirements to achieve successful licensing.

By The Josh and Mak Team

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