Equatorial Guinea Restructures Its Petroleum Sector

The Ministry of Mines, Industry and Energy of Equatorial Guinea has announced new government appointments and mergers of key internal departments that it says will streamline its operations and contribute to an overall improvement of governance in Equatorial Guinea
Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, the Minister of Mines, Industry and Energy, appointed Mr. Jose Manuel Abaga Mba to become his Chief of Staff.

Mba replaces Lucas Nguema Mbulito, who recently became the CEO of the public power company SEGESA. Meanwhile, Mercedes Eworo Milam has been named Director of Petroleum Economics, replacing Tomás Felix Ongo Ehapo. Mrs. Milam will also retain her position as Director General of Hydrocarbons, representing a merger of the Hydrocarbons and Petroleum Economics.

The Ministry has also merged the departments of Industry and Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). Cesar Augusto Hinestrosa Gomez, who has overseen Equatorial Guinea’s application to become an EITI member, has been appointed Director of Industry will Jose Luis Elema Borengue is now Director of Quarries and retains his role as Director of Mines. Oscar Vicente Garcia Berniko is the new Director of National Content, replacing the outgoing Agustin Mba Okomo. Leoncio Amada Nze has been named Director of Company Relations.

These new appointments are coming several weeks after Antonio Engonga Oburu emerged the General Director of GEPetrol, the state hydrocarbon company, replacing Candido Nsue Okomo, who was appointed Secretary of State in the Ministry of Youth and Sports in April. GEPetrol also promoted Vicente Abeso Mbuy, as Deputy General Director, and Gabriel Mbaga Nchama, as Second Director.


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