OPEC secretary-general is dead, Nigerian officials announce

Mohammad Barkindo, 63, died late Tuesday, a spokesperson for Nigeria’s petroleum ministry told The Associated Press. The reason for his death was not immediately known.FILE - OPEC Secretary General Mohammad Barkindo, speaks at a conference during the 24th Iran Oil Show in Tehran, Iran on May 2, 2019. Barkindo died late Tuesday, a spokesperson for Nigeria's petroleum ministry told The Associated Press on Wednesday, July 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

Mele Kyari, Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, tweeted the news of Barkindo’s death which he described as “a great loss to his immediate family, the NNPC, our country Nigeria, the OPEC and the global energy community.”FILE - OPEC Secretary-General Mohammad Barkindo, third left, attends a conference during the 24th Iran Oil Show in Tehran, Iran on May 2, 2019. Barkindo died late Tuesday, a spokesperson for Nigeria's petroleum ministry told The Associated Press on Wednesday, July 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

Barkindo, a Nigerian, led the crude oil bloc since August 2016, seeing it through some of its most turbulent times including during the pandemic when the oil price was hit with declining demand.FILE - OPEC Secretary-General Mohammad Barkindo speaks at an event in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates on Sept. 18, 2018. Barkindo died late Tuesday, a spokesperson for Nigeria's petroleum ministry told The Associated Press on Wednesday, July 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell, File)

He was wrapping up his tenure at OPEC when he died. Before leading the oil bloc, Barkindo served at the Nigerian petroleum corporation and as the Deputy Managing Director of Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas, a joint venture between NNPC and multinational oil giants Shell, Total and Eni.

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