Dr. Essam Sharaf, Egyptian Prime Minister, appointed Eng. Abdallah Ghorab as the new Petroleum minister, according to Al-youm Al-sabe newspaper.

“We all need to help in rebuilding a better future for Egypt,” Ghorab told Al-youm Al-sabe.

“The ministry will expand in the uses of natural gas in able to help all the Egyptians,” Ghorab added.

State news agency MENA quoted Ghorab as saying his top priority would be supplying petroleum products to the domestic market while adhering to agreements with foreign oil companies.

“The petroleum sector is tied to oil agreements and foreign partners, and we hope that cooperation will continue and we can fulfill all of our commitments,” MENA quoted him as saying during his swearing-in ceremony.

Ghorab graduated in 1976 from the faculty of engineering of Cairo University. Ghorab was previously chief executive of the state-owned Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC), a holding company that owns 12 companies and has stakes with foreign partners in another 58.

In his professional career he was appointed as the president of Khalda Company, he also worked for 22 years for The Gulf of Suez Petroleum Company (GUPCO).