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If you want to explore, extract, or store oil or gas, you need licences from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy (Ministerie van Economische Zaken, EZK). You must comply with the Mining Act (Mijnbouwwet) and the regulations based on it. These regulations also state the procedures that apply and the conditions under which licences are granted.
Each step in the process of mining has its own, specific licence, such as ones for seismic surveys, exploration drilling or the actual production process. You can obtain application forms for one of these licences from the NL Oil and Gas Portal.
Depending on the location and the circumstances, you may also need licenses based on other laws. Examples include aspects relating to the environment, social security and land use. The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy issues the environmental license based on the Mining Act.
You may request an exemption from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy for certain bans or regulations under the Mining Act.
Applying digitally through the Message Box
With Message Box you can submit a digital application for the exploration licence, extraction licence and storage licence to the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. Message Box is a secure email system that enables you as an entrepreneur to exchange digital messages with Dutch government agencies.