The Institute of Petroleum and Geology (IPG), established in 2012 based on Decree-Law nº 33/2012 of July 18, is public institution of the Timor-Leste Government, under the supervision of the Ministério do Petróleo e Recursos Minerais (MPRM) with the objective of developing geological studies of mineral resources, including Timor-Leste’s oil and gas, using modern technical and scientific basis, enabling the development of the country.
- To manage geological and geophysical information relating to petroleum resources, in particular by serving as a basis for
the exploration, evaluation, development, exploration and production of petroleum resources, promoting knowledge of these
resources and contributing to their preservation, valorization and utilization, as well as studies necessary to develop the oil
extraction industry and participate in the definition and implementation of policies in these areas;
- To coordinate and promote all activities with a view contributing to the knowledge and research of the geology of the
territory of the country and the maritime zones under its national jurisdiction, centralizing all geological and geophysical
information, promoting research and development and use of information technology, management and dissemination of
geological information, as well as the creation of a national geological registry.
While the mission of the IPG’S firmly focused on mineral and petroleum resources, it has experienced a growing demand for geoscience information to address issues of groundwater, geothermal, infrastructure planning, environment and related geological risks including earthquake, landslide, and coastal erosion and flooding. This trend is likely to continue and, with a modest increase in capacity, IPG’s geological study would be well-positioned to meet this need.
To be a credible geosciences institution in the world.
The basis of IPG’s mandate is prescribed in the Decree-Law nº 33/2012 of July 18: