It could be recalled that on behalf of the Government of Sierra Leone, the Petroleum Directorate reopened the country’s Fourth Licensing Round last May; pursuant to Sections 30(1) and 32(2) of the Petroleum (Exploration and Production) Act 2011. The response to date has been encouraging and it is hoped that this momentum will be sustained.

Following requests from potential investors, and being mindful of the need to provide a fair opportunity to all interested parties, the Directorate is pleased to announce that the deadline for submission of applications in the Fourth Licensing Round is hereby extended to allow companies additional time to complete their applications as follows:

The Fourth Petroleum Licensing Round is now scheduled to close on 28th February 2020 for both Open Tender and Direct Tender categories.

Further information on the Fourth Licensing Round including Bidding Guidelines, Regulatory Framework, Technical Data Packages and Data Room access requirements can be obtained from the following websites: &, as well Getech – the Petroleum Directorate’s technical partner.


Timothy Kabba, Director General