H.E. Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima is the Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons of Equatorial Guinea. Presiding over the third largest oil-producing market in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Minister is widely regarded for his incisive leadership and for his guidance of Equatorial Guinea’s energy industry through a period of growth and renewal. Under His Excellency’s leadership, Equatorial Guinea’s oil and gas sector has embraced innovation and international investment, making progress on a landmark regional oil and gas storage facility, CNG-based public transport, a successful 2016-2017 bidding round and Africa’s first deepwater floating LNG, the Fortuna FLNG project.
In 2017 the Government of Equatorial Guinea signed cooperation agreements with Ghana, Burkina Faso, South Sudan and Uganda to share expertise and establish greater intra-African oil and gas trade. The agreements are a demonstration of the Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons’ objective to make Equatorial Guinea a center of excellence for the oil and gas industry in Africa.
Working in the oil and gas industry since 1997, His Excellency’s past positions include Minister Delegate, Vice Minister, Secretary of State for Mines and Hydrocarbons, Government Representative in the Equity of the State in PSCs, and Presidential Adviser on Hydrocarbons. He has served as a member of the board of three public energy companies: SONAGAS, SEGESA and GEPetrol.