China ap­points CNPC ex­ec­u­tive as top en­ergy of­fi­cial

Global Times US Edition - - BIZUPDATE -

Zhang Jian­hua, gen­eral-man­ager of China Na­tional Pe­tro­leum Cor­po­ra­tion (CNPC), was ap­pointed as the new head of the Na­tional En­ergy Ad­min­is­tra­tion (NEA) on Wed­nes­day, be­com­ing the first se­nior ex­ec­u­tive of a State-owned en­ter­prise (SOE) to take charge of the coun­try’s top oil reg­u­la­tory agency.

Zhang, who had worked in the do­mes­tic pe­tro­leum and petro­chem­i­cal in­dus­try for over 30 years, has dif­fer­ent ca­reer paths com­pared to his pre­de­ces­sors such as Liu Tienan and Nur Bekri, who had worked years in ad­min­is­tra­tive in­sti­tu­tions, do­mes­tic news web­site thep­a­per.cn re­ported on Wed­nes­day. Be­fore be­com­ing the gen­eral man­ager of CNPC, he worked as a front-line em­ployee in the oil re­fin­ery and pro­duc­tion sec­tors.

Zhang is also the mem­ber of a 19th Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion of the Com­mu­nist Party of China.

For­mer head of NEA Nur Bekri was dis­missed from his po­si­tion as the deputy head of the Na­tional De­vel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion and head of the NEA in Oc­to­ber, ac­cord­ing to the Xinhua News Agency. He is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated for sus­pected se­ri­ous vi­o­la­tions of Party dis­ci­plinary rules and laws.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from East China Univer­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy in 1986, Zhang be­gan to work at a petro­chem­i­cal and re­fin­ery firm in Shang­hai, which later be­came the sub­sidiary of CNPC. Since Jan­uary 2005, he was made a se­nior ex­ec­u­tive at CNPC and was in charge of sev­eral eth­yl­ene projects in­clud­ing 800,000-ton-South Korea-China eth­yl­ene project in Wuhan, Cen­tral China’s Hubei Prov­ince.

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