Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Libya - Oil and Gas Production - Corrosion Expert becomes Oil Minister

New Libya oil minister: corrosion expert steps from the shadows

By Marie-Louise Gumuchian and Ali Shuaib

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's new oil minister is relatively unknown in the industry but brings with him technical expertise to take charge of the OPEC member's economic lifeline after it was restored to pre-war levels.

Abdelbari al-Arusi, 51, faces tough tasks ahead: improving security as plans to train former rebel fighters, now guarding oil installations, take hold, dealing with calls for more regional authority in the oil-rich east and threats of strikes.

Arusi studied chemical engineering before earning a masters and doctorate in corrosion protection in Britain. He worked at Libya's Sirte Oil for 16 years, an engineer in the field of corrosion at the Marsa El-Brega terminal in the east.

Arusi later expanded his responsibilities to inspection, budgets, training as well submitting technical proposals to the country's top oil body, the National Oil Corporation (NOC).

From the western town of Zawiyah, he joins the ministry from Libya's Green Holding Company, where he was an executive since the end of last year.

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Publication Date: 20 Nov 2012

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