Representative of the State in the upstream hydrocarbons sector

To accomplish its missions, SNH is empowered to:

  • conduct studies related to hydrocarbons;
  • collect and store related information;
  • conduct negotiations of oil and gas contracts, in cooperation with the ministries in charge of Mines, Finance, Energy, Economy, Trade and Environment;
  • monitor the implementation of oil and gas contracts between the State and companies operating in the hydrocarbons sector;
  • promote infrastructure creation for the production, transportation, processing and storage of hydrocarbons on the national territory;
  • collect natural gas from producing companies and transport thereof to industries, power producers, other eligible customers, distribution companies and processing plants;
  • sign, if need be, contracts with companies active in the field of production, transportation, distribution, processing or storage of hydrocarbons based in Cameroon;
  • contribute to the formulation and implementation by the State, of its management policy for the downstream hydrocarbons sector.

SNH carries out various actions and projects in line with its missions:

  • demarcation, promotion and allocation of free blocks in the national mining domain;
  • development and exploitation of oil and gas fields in association or sole risk, permitting the valorization of national hydrocarbon resources;
  • monitoring of associations management in a bid to control oil costs, whose increase has an impact on State revenues;
  • monitoring of crude oil lifting activities at terminals;
  • conduct of gas projects which aim notably at increasing national electricity supply, in a bid to support the development of the industrial fabric and reduce the deficit in domestic gas supply;
  • lifting and marketing the share of national hydrocarbons production accruing to the State, as allocated in the contracts;
  • transfer to the Public Treasury, after deducting production costs, of income derived from the sale of hydrocarbons, which contributes to the funding of the State budget;
  • management of security stocks of petroleum products to ensure supply in the country in the event of a major contingency;
  • conduct of studies and execution of various projects related to its missions in the oil, gas, para-petroleum, as well as related sectors.