To be a leading petroleum and mineral regulatory authority in the region



The participants of the Scientific Debate on Petroleum and Mineral Resources from four Universities such as Universidade Nasional Timor Lorosa’e-UNTL, Universidade Dili-UNDIL, Universidade Oriental-UNITAL and Dili Institute of Technology-DIT.


ANPM realized a scientific debate on petroleum and mineral resources that involved 4 universities for commemorating 10th ANPM’s anniversary on 24 July 2018 in TVE, Comoro, Dili.


President of ANPM, Mr. Gualdino da Silva delivered his speech during the ceremony of Fulbright Hail and Farewell. This scholarship named SERN-Fulbright initiated by ConocoPhillips in cooperation with ANPM and USA Embassy in Dili, Timor-Leste.


Mr. Ernesto Pinto, Manager of Drilling and Production in ANPM, one of the selected candidate for SERN-Fulbright Scholarship for the year 2018.


Former Minister of State and Minister of Mineral Resources, H. E. Mr. Mariano Asanami Sabino, handover task and responsibility to the New Minister of State and Minister for Presidential of the Council of Ministers, H.E. Mr. Agio Pereira, acting Minister for Petroleum and Mineral Resources.


ANPM facilitated Inter-ministerial workshop on preparation for seismic survey for Onshore Block. PSC TL-OT-17-08 named Block A located in Suai and PSC TL-OT-17-09 named Block C located in Manufahi.

Autoridade Nacional do Petróleo e Minerais (ANPM) is Timor-Leste public institution, created under Decree Law No. 1/2016 of 9th February, 1st amendment of Decree-Law No. 20/2008 of 19th June, on the Autoridade Nacional do Petróleo, responsible of managing and regulating petroleum and mining activities in Timor-Leste area, both offshore and onshore and in the Joint Petroleum Development Area (JPDA) in accordance with the Decree Law on the establishment of the ANPM, the Timor-Leste Petroleum Activities Law, the Timor Sea Treaty and the Mining Code.

The ANPM is to establish and supervise compliance with the enacted rules and regulations covering the exploration, development, production, transportation and distribution of petroleum, natural gas resources and mineral. It is also tasked to develop a strong petroleum and mineral management institution in Timor-Leste.

Our Values


Collaboration, to conduct efficient and effective collaborating among (i) ANPM’s internal Directorates, and (ii) with its stakeholders.

Openness, openness, honesty and transparency – underpinned by a culture of trust and respect

Unity, ANPM promotes and displays a high degree of teamwork and integration of its employees and Directorates. Whilst appreciating and respecting the culture of intellectual diversity of the individuals that work within it, the ANPM is united in it ambition to become a world class organization in Timor-Leste.

Responsibility, as true leaders, ANPM team members take full responsibility for the results of their actions

Accountability, ANPM and its team members are fully accountable for their ethical standards, behaviour and performance – at all times. Furthermore the ANPM is accountable for the government of Timor-Leste. In performing the task in the JPDA, ANPM is accountable for Timor-Leste and Australia, acting on behalf of both countries.

Global View, whilst operations for the ANPM reside in Timor-Leste, its view is a global one. It works and coordinates activities with operators that are multi-national in nature, size and scope.

Excellence, in line with developing a world class organization, the ANPM believes in excellence – in everything that it does.

Media Release



    AGREEMENT TO EXPLORE MANGANESE RESOURCES IN THE AREA OF NIPANE AND PASSABE LOCATED IN THE OE-CUSSE AMBENO SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION ok-1Following the publication of the Government Resolution No. 7/2018, 4th April, the Government of Timor-Leste represented by His Excellency, The Minister of State and Minister for Mineral Resources, Mr. Mariano Assanami Sabino has signed an agreement with PEAK EVEREST MINING, LIMITADA (INVESTOR), a company incorporated and existing under the laws of Timor-Leste to explore for manganese prospects from the areas of Nipane and Passabe located in the Oe-Cusse Ambeno Special Administrative Region (RAEOA). In the event of success, the INVESTOR is granted with first right to negotiate a mining contract with the Government of Timor-Leste. The INVESTOR, in cooperation with RAEOA had previously carried out initial prospecting activity including collecting and testing of manganese samples under supervision of the Autoridade Nacional do Petróleo e Minerais (ANPM) and Institute of Petroleum and Geology (IPG IP). The results show that the Nipane and Passabe areas have great geological potential for manganese mineral. The INVESTOR then expressed its interest to invest in carrying out further detail exploration in these areas. The Government considers this as strategic investment in mineral sector and in national interest to promote the development of the sector to contribute to economic development of the country in general and RAEOA in particular. The Government then entered into negotiation and close the agreement under specific terms and conditions including; State participation of up to 30%, potential future RAEOA participation of up to 10%, in-country processing, preference of employment for Timorese Nationals and supply of goods and services as well as compliance with applicable laws on safety and protection of environment. ok-2In his speech, Minister of State and Minister for Mineral Resource Mr. Mariano Assanami Sabino reaffirmed the Government’s support for investment and further informed the Government’s plan to establish a Mining Fund in the future to accumulate revenues generated from the mining sector. On the other hand, the INVESTOR represented by company director Sr. Sebastião Soares, reaffirmed company’s readiness to deliver committed exploration works and to open opportunities for training and employment for RAEOA during the implementation of the project. The agreement is the first of its kind for exploration of metallic mineral potentials in Timor-Leste. The on-going Airborne Geophysical Survey covering Timor-Leste territory has revealed significant geological potential of Timor-Leste beyond oil and gas. The signing of this agreement witnessed by the Prime Minister of Timor-Leste is a significant milestone in the development of Mineral sector and marks Timor-Leste’s readiness to welcome investments in the sector. end     Tetum:



    Tuir publikasaun husi Rezolusaun Governu N.º 7/2018, husi loron-4 fulan-abríl, Governu Timor-Leste, reprezenta husi Sua Exelénsia, Ministru Estadu no Ministru Rekursu Minerál, Sr. Mariano Assanami Sabino, asina akordu ida ho PEAK EVEREST MINING, LIMITADA (INVESTIDÓR), nu’udar kompañia ne’ebé integra no eziste iha lei Timor-Leste nia okos, atu peskiza prospetu manganés iha área Nipane no Passabe no área sira-ne’e lokaliza iha Rejiaun Administrativa Espesiál Oe-Cusse Ambeno (RAEOA). Karik kompañia ida-ne’e hetan susesu durante atividade ne’e, nu’udar INVESTIDÓR, sira sei hetan garantia atu sai entidade dahuluk ne’ebé sei negoseia kontratu ba esplorasaun mineira ho Governu Timor-Leste. INVESTIDÓR koopera tiha ona ho RAEOA atu hala’o atividade prospesaun inisiál, ne’ebé inklui rekolla no teste ba manganés nia amostra sira, ho supervizaun husi Autoridade Nacional do Petróleo e Minerais (ANPM) no mós husi Instituto de Petróleo e Geologia (IPG IP). Rezultadu husi atividade ida-ne’e hatudu katak área Nipane no Passabe iha potensiál jeolójiku boot ba minerál manganés. Nune’e, INVESTIDÓR espresa nia interese atu investe hodi hala’o peskiza adisionál ho detalle iha área sira-ne’e. Governu konsidera katak ida-ne’e sai hanesan investimentu estratéjiku ba setór minerál no mós ba interese nasionál, tanba nia promove dezenvolvimentu ba setór ida-ne’e no kontribui ba dezenvolvimentu ekonómiku ho maneira jerál iha Timor-Leste no ho maneira partikulár iha RAEOA. Nune’e, Governu hahú negosiasaun no konsege akordu ida-ne’ebé iha ninia termu no kondisaun espesífiku sira, inklui partisipasaun husi Estadu to’o 30%, partisipasaun adisionál husi RAEOA iha futuru to’o 10%, prosesamentu iha rai-laran, preferénsia serbisu fó ba ema Timoroan sira, fornesimentu sasán no serbisu sira husi Timor-Leste, no mós obrigasaun atu kumpre lejislasaun ne’ebé aplika iha área seguransa no protesaun ambiente nian. Iha ninia diskursu, Ministru Estadu no Ministru Rekursu Minerál, Sr. Mariano Assanami Sabino, haforsa Governu-nia apoiu ba investimentu no informa mós kona-ba Governu-nia planu atu estabelese Fundu Mineiru ida iha futuru, hodi rai hamutuk reseita sira-ne’ebé setór mineiru sei kria. INVESTIDÓR, ne’ebé reprezenta husi diretór kompañia, Sr. Sebastião Soares, deklara mós kompañia-nia disponibilidade imediatu atu ezekuta atividade peskiza ho dedikasaun no loke oportunidade formasaun no serbisu iha RAEOA durante períodu implementasaun husi projetu ida-ne’e. Akordu ne’e nu’udar akordu dahuluk ba peskiza kona-ba minerál metáliku potensiál iha Timor-Leste. Peskiza Jeofízika Aerotransportada, ne’ebé hala’o iha territóriu tomak, hatudu katak Timor-Leste iha potensiál jeolójiku signifikativu aleinde petróleu no gás. Asinatura ba akordu ida-ne’e testemuña husi Primeiru-Ministru Timor-Leste no sai nu’udar marka importante tebetebes ba dezenvolvimentu husi setór minerál no hatudu katak Timor-Leste prontu no disponível atu simu investimentu sira iha setór ida-ne’e. Remata
  • Introducing a Guidelines for Planning and Construction of Storage and Retailing of Kerosene

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    Introducing a Guidelines for Planning and Construction

    of Storage and Retailing of Kerosene

    dsc_0959Autoridade Nacional do Petróleo e Minerais (ANPM) through Downstream Directorate realized a half day workshop introducing conceptual planning and designing criteria of storing and retailing kerosene for cooking and other domestic uses. Since the establishment of the ANPM directive no. 2/2016 on storage and Retailing Kerosene, none of existing activity is successfully licensed, due to lack of involvement and participation of the entities to process their documents which are required in order to fulfill the licensing requirements. Therefore the Downstream directorate planned to make a breakthrough by approaching the applicants to be more active in preparing their applications for licensing purpose. It is imperative to raise awareness of the entities who carrying out Storage and Retailing Kerosene that they can continue to operate under the control of the regulatory and supervisory of the ANPM, thus ensuring the level of health and safety of the people and assets by controlling potential hazards from the operation of storing and retailing of kerosene for public use, since it is known to pose greater risks, particularly fire risk to the community if the current improper practices and activities are continued.  The potential incidents that occur at the kerosene retail facility may cause harm to people, properties/assets and the environment. Nelson de Jesus, Downstream Director said that this workshop aims to introduce the concept for the design and planning of storage and retailing of Kerosene including cost estimation for the said facility  to those who are interested or already in the business. “It would primarily cover the minimum requirements set forth in the Directive of Kerosene. These requirements are provided to ensure consistency in the design approach used to be in accordance with the established rules and are intended for use on all applicable projects for Kerosene supply facilities,” added Nelson de Jesus. The workshop is also intended to encourage the participants to find out more on the material delivered and thus encourage the proper practice of storing and retailing of kerosene in Timor-Leste. The participants of this workshop are the kerosene operators based in Dili with the total 9 legal or physical persons.
    dsc_0765Autoridade Nacional do Petróleo e Minerais (ANPM) launched the Ilimanu Marble Study on 1st March 2018 in Beheda area adjacent to the marble study location, following the award of the contract to an Australian based company, Resource Futures Pty Ltd. The launching was marked by a cultural ceremony performed by the elders in Hilimanu, witnessed by the Minister of State and Minister for Mineral Resources, H.E. Mariano Asanami Sabino, key-project stakeholders, the local authorities and the communities in the vicinity of the study area. In his speech, H.E. Mariano Asanami Sabino reaffirmed Timor-Leste’s commitment to promote investments in the mineral sector and invite all stakeholders, particularly communities in the study area, to collaborate and support the implementation of the study.dsc_0787 He further added that the Ministery of Mineral Resources, through ANPM and Institute of Petroleum and Geology E.P. (IPG), continues to investigate prospects and potential for investment in the mineral sector to support the development of the country. qudh6722Resource Futures Pty Ltd will carry out the study under a Prospecting License. The Prospecting License does not grant exclusive right to explore nor develop marble resource in the study area. ANPM will supervise this work closely during the course of implementation.        
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    Autoridade Nacional do Petróleo e Minerais (ANPM) lansa Estudu ba Mármore iha Hilimanu iha loron 1 fulan-marsu 2018 iha área Beheda besik ba fatin estudu mármore, depoizde asina kontratu ho kompañia ida husi Austrália ho naran Resource Futures Pty Ltd. Lansamentu ne’e hahú ho serimónia kulturál husi lia-na’in sira iha Hilimanu, akompaña husi Ministru Estadu no Ministru Rekursus Minerais, S.E. Mariano Asanami Sabino, parseiru sira ba projetu, autoridade lokál sira no komunidade sira besik ba fatin estudu. Estudu ne’ebé sei implementa durante fulan sanulu-resin-rua nia laran ne’ebé lidera husi peritu sira husi Austrália, Nova Zelándia no Itália ho objetivu atu halo mapa ba depózitu mármore iha área estudu, rekolla amostra hodi halo teste laboratóriu iha Carrera, Itália no, ikusmai, sei promove amostra mármore sira husi área estudu iha merkadu globál iha fatin balu. Estudu ne’e mós sei haree ba viabilidade atu dezenvolve fábrika mármore komersiál ki’ik ka médiu iha área refere. Iha ninia diskursu, S.E. Mariano Asanami Sabino reafirma kompromisu Timor-Leste atu promove investimentu iha setór minerál no konvida parseiru hotu-hotu, liuliu komunidade sira iha área estudu, atu kolabora no fó apoiu ba implementasaun estudu refere. Nia hatutan Ministériu Rekursus Minerais, liuhusi ANPM no Instituto do Petróleo e Geologia E.P. (IPG), kontinua investiga prospetividade no potensiál ba investimentu iha setór minerál atu apoia dezenvolvimentu iha Timor-Leste. Kompañia Resource Futures Pty Ltd sei hala’o servisu iha terrenu ho Lisensa Prospesaun. Lisensa Prospesaun ne’e sei la permite kompañia atu iha direitu ba eskluzividade atu esplora ka dezenvolve rekursu mármore iha área estudu. ANPM mak sei tau matan ba estudu ida-ne’e durante ninia implementasaun.
  • Public Consultation on Draft of Timor-Leste Onshore Decree-Law

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    dsc_0573Autoridade Nacional do Petróleo e Minerais (ANPM) organize public consultation on Draft of Timor-Leste Onshore Decree-Law. The objective of this public consultation are seeking inputs and guidance from public, gathering public opinions, engaging with local authorities as the community representative, providing equal sharing information and encouraging public participation in policy making in the petroleum sector in Timor-Leste. The Public consultation has been realized in Gleno (covers municipality Liquica, Dili and Ermera) and Maubessi (covers municipality Manufahi, Ainaro and Aileu) on 23rd of May and in Suia and Maliana Municipality on 25th of May and Baucau municipality on 30th of May. The same activities will be held in Special Administrative Region of Oe-Cusse on 12th of June 2017.  
  • Timor-Leste Onshore Production Sharing Contracts Signing

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     dsc_0481On Friday, April 7th 2017, ANPM has awarded the onshore Production Sharing Contracts (PSC) TL-OT-17-08 and TL-OT-17-09 to TIMOR GAP Onshore Block, Unipessoal, Lda (a subsidiary of TIMOR GAP, E.P.) and to TIMOR RESOURCES PTY LTD, through the signing ceremony of the two PSCs held at Novo Turismo Hotel. Considering the importance of petroleum resources for the National Strategic Development, there is a need to increase oil exploration activities in the Territory of Timor-Leste. In December 2015, Government approved the Resolution No. 44/2015 of 22nd December, which authorised  the participation of TIMOR-GAP, E.P in the Production Sharing Contracts both in onshore and offshore of the Territory of Timor-Leste. This includes the latest Government Resolution No. 39/2016 of 23rd November, on block subdivision for onshore, and Dispatch No. 09 / GMPRM / XI / 2016, on direct award of petroleum contracts by means of direct negotiation, in certain onshore blocks in South-West Timor-Leste. The Law 13/2005 of 2nd September on Petroleum Activities Law and Decree-Law No. 6/2015 of 11th March confer on the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources powers to authorize oil and gas companies to undertake studies, explore and develop the existing petroleum resources in the Territory of Timor-Leste, in order to generate maximum benefit to the country and its people. Acting pursuant to the Petroleum Activities Law, the Ministry herewith awards these petroleum contracts by means of direct negotiation based on public interest to TIMOR GAP, incorporated and organized under the existing laws of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, and TIMOR RESOURCES PTY LTD, a company incorporated in Australia, and both parties are collectively referred to as "Contractor" for the Production Sharing Contracts (PSC’s) TL-OT-17-08, which covers Covalima and Bobonaro Municipalities, and TL-OT-17-09, which covers Manufahi and Ainaro Municipalities. The minimum work commitments for each of the PSCs are outlined in the table below:
     Contract Years  Minimum Exploration Work Requirements
       PSC TL-OT-17-08  PSC TL-OT-17-09
     First Period
     1 Technical Studies, Geology and Geophysical studies, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Environmental Management Plan and Seismic Survey planning Technical Studies, Geology and Geophysical studies, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Environmental Management Plan and Seismic Survey planning
     2  Acquisition, Processing and Interpretation of 100 kilometers 2D Seismic Survey  Acquisition, Processing and Interpretation of 100 kilometers 2D Seismic Survey
     3 Well commitment to the Minimum depth of 2000 meters and Well sample evaluation studies Well commitment to the Minimum depth of 2000 meters and Well sample evaluation studies
     Second Period
     4 Post Well evaluation; Geology and Geophysical studies Post Well evaluation; Geology and Geophysical studies
     5 Well Sample Evaluation and drill Exploration Well (cumulative to the Minimum depth  of 2000 meters) Well Sample Evaluation and drill Exploration Well (cumulative to the Minimum depth  of 2000 meters)
    Third Period
     6 Post Well evaluation; Geology and Geophysical studies. Optional to drill Exploration or Appraisal Well or Wells (Cumulative to the Minimum depth  of 2000 meters) Post Well evaluation; Geology and Geophysical studies. Optional to drill Exploration or Appraisal Well or Wells (Cumulative to the Minimum depth  of 2000 meters)
     7 Post Well technical studies. Drill any one of: recomplete existing well, stimulate existing well OR drill one side track OR drill one exploration Well Post Well technical studies. Drill any one of: recomplete existing well, stimulate existing well OR drill one side track OR drill one exploration Well
    The participation of the TIMOR GAP and its partners will promote capacity building for Timorese nationals and transfer of knowledge and technology on the petroleum industry and enable a greater participation of Timor-Leste nationals in the petroleum industry in the country.