INP, Mozambique’s upstream regulator, has a new chairman with Nazario Joel Juliao de Jesus Bangalane replacing industry veteran Carlos Zacarias who was appointed Minister of Mineral Resources & Energy in March.

Bangalane was sworn in as chairman today at the office Prime Minister Adriano Maleiane in Maputo, according to the INP, with Zacarias in attendance.

The INP’s new man at the helm secured a Masters in Petroleum Engineering & Geosciences from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

As a staff member of the INP, Bangalane was responsible for the inspection and security directorate and most recently held the position of director of projects and developments.

Speaking at the swearing in ceremony, Maleiane said it is up to Bangalane to "address the structural challenges that emerge from the exploration of hydrocarbons", with a focus on regulating operations and managing "enormous expectations arising from the potential that the production and export of gas from the Rovuma basin represent as a whole to our country."

Bangalane said he is "aware of the challenges of the sector" but believes the legacy left by the previous management and INP's experienced staff will make the job easier.

The appointment of Bangalane was approved by Mozambique's Council of Ministers on 21 June, at a time when Eni and its partners in Area 4 confirmed the start of commissioning at the Coral Sul floating LNG plant.

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