Exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons

Exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons, geothermal water for energy purposes, storage of natural gas and permanent disposal of carbon dioxide.

Exploration and exploitation of Hydrocarbons

Conditions for performing activities

  1. An activity may be carried out by a mining economic operator, or one or more legal entities with head office or branch office in the Republic of Croatia, registered at the competent authority for hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation, as well as a mining economic operator, or a legal entity established within the Member States of the European Union, registered for hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation at the competent authority of a Member State of the European Union.
  2. An activity may not be carried out by a mining economic operator with outstanding debts owed on the basis of public liabilities, based on unpaid fees for the exploitation of mineral raw materials, on the basis of unpaid fees for the use of forests and / or forest land or agricultural land for the purpose of exploitation of mineral raw materials or on the basis of illegal exploration and / or exploitation of mineral raw materials and unfulfilled obligation in restoration and protection of nature and environment, or founder or co-founder whose natural person or legal entity has outstanding debts owed on the basis of unpaid fees for the use of forests and / or forest land or agricultural land for the purpose of exploitation of mineral raw materials or the basis of illegal exploration and / or exploitation of mineral raw materials and unfulfilled obligation in restoration and protection of nature and environment.

Required documents

A license and a contract for the commercial use of common or other goods is required for the hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation. Licensing and contract award is carried out on the basis of only one public tendering in a single procedure. Mining operations can be carried out solely based on issued licenses and concessions which forms an integral part of the issued permits in case fulfilling requirements laid down by law. The Government of the Republic of Croatia, by means of special decisions, in accordance with the implementing regulations issued by the Ministry, shall regulate the procedure of public tendering for granting the permits. The procedure of issuing a permit starts with implementing a permit procedure by the Government of the Republic of Croatia in accordance with the provisions of the Law. The public tender for awarding licenses is published in the media and on the official website of the Ministry at least three months before the deadline of tender submission. The Ministry shall publish a public tender for awarding licenses in the Official Journal of the European Union at least six months before the deadline of tender submission. The contents and conditions of the public bidding for licensing and the selection criteria for the most successful tenderer shall be determined by a special decision from the Government of the Republic of Croatia at the proposal of the Expert Committee before making a decision on the publication of a public bidding. Criteria for selecting the most appropriate bidder in a public tender must be based on the technical, financial and professional competences of the public tenderers as well as on the quality of the bid.

Fee

Determined in the tender documentation.

e-ACCESS to the activity service

  • e-SERVICE single location for submitting your application and documentation for obtaining approval.

Information: You will receive a confirmation email of receipt of your request and a confirmation of the approval through email..

Useful informations:

  1. Without the need to apply in person (saving at least half the time).
  2. No obligation for stamping (no longer a requirement for accessing the service market).
  3. No obligation for revenue markers (confirmation of online payment of a fee is accepted)
  4. The competent authority is obliged to issue an approval within 30 days (from date of duly submitted documentation, after the deadline for administration reply has expired).
  5. Once the approval is obtained, performance of this service activity can begin.

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Competent Authority and Regulations

Ministry of Environment and Energy

Directorate for Energy (Sector for Petroleum Engineering and Geothermal Water for Energy Purposes)

Ulica grada Vukovara 78, 10 000 Zagreb

Fax: +385 (0) 1 6106-022

e-mail: naftno.rudarstvo@mzoe.hr

The Act on the Exploration and Exploitation of Hydrocarbons (OG 94/13 and 14/14)

Approvals for performing activities

License

Agreement on exploration and production sharing of hydrocarbons

Agreement on exploration and exploitation with the obligation to pay fees and taxes

Remedies

The decisions made by the Government of the Republic of Croatia and the Ministry are enforceable under the Law. Against the decision made by the Government of the Republic of Croatia and the Ministry under the Law on Appeal is not admissible, but a dissatisfied party may initiate an administrative proceedings at the competent court.

All information comes from the regulations within the scope of the competent authority.

Updated: 15/10/2019

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