Taleb Abdivall Chief Executive Officer of E²M, has over 20 years of experience in the mining and energy sectors.
Mr Abdivall is the former Mauritanian Minister of Petroleum, Energy and Mines, former CEO of SNIM (the National Industrial and Mining Company of Mauritania), Former Director General of SOMELEC (the Mauritanian National Power Company), Former Coordinator of Exploration Projects for West Africa & North Africa at Rio Tinto and Former Senior Geologist and Exploration Manager for North Africa at Ashton Mining.
As a Minister, Mr Abdivall promoted a policy aiming to increase the share of renewable energy in the energy mix from 0% in 2010 to 30% in 2013. He oversaw the launch and execution of the 15 MW Cheikh Zayed Photovoltaic Plant in Nouakchott (commissioned in 2013) as well as the 6 MW Photovoltaic – Thermal hybrid Plant in Kiffa (expected in 2014). In addition, he sponsored the first Wind Power Plant in Nouadhibou (4,4 MW) and the second one in Nouakchott (31,5 MW) as well as the first Solar Power Plant in Zouérate (3 MW).
In 2011, Taleb created a Gas to Power Company named “SPEG” which is structured as an IPP. SPEG will be in charge of producing electricity from Banda offshore gas field operated by Tullow Oil. This Public Private Partnership between the State, SNIM and Kinross Gold Company is expected to produce 700 MW starting from 2014, and to supply its shareholders with electricity, export the surplus to neighboring countries (Senegal, Mali).
Mr. Taleb launched the financial reorganization of SOMELEC (national utility company) and SOMAGAZ (national domestic gas supplier) that saved these companies from bankruptcy.
During his time as Minister, the overall installed power capacity grew from 90 MW to 158 MW.
In the mining sector, Mr. Abdivall conducted the revision of the legal framework of Mining to make it more attractive for operators while preserving the interests of the country. Thus, the number of permits awarded afterwards soared from 169 to 328, almost 100% increase in 2 years.
Between 2003 and 2011, Mr Abdivall was the Coordinator of Research Projects for West Africa at Rio Tinto and West Africa Exploration Director at Ashton Mining
He coordinated diamond exploration in Mauritania; diamond and iron in Mali; assessment of iron ore deposit in Algeria Garat Djebilat; assessment of iron ore in Wadi Chatti Libya; uranium opportunities evaluation in northern Niger and southern Algeria and discovered the first diamond kimberlite in North Africa (Maqteir, Northern Mauritania)
As a CEO of SNIM, he supervised the launch of Guelb II Project, the largest SNIM project ($1,1 billion US) aiming to modernize and increase the production capacity from 12 million tons of iron per year to 18 million tons. This project also includes the upgrading of the railway (Zouérate – Nouadhibou) and the construction of a new mining port that can accommodate 250-ton vessels. In addition to the launch of this important project, he expanded and strengthened SNIM’s policy to establish subsidiary companies. Under his mandate the following structures have been established:
- Dhamane: The first national reinsurance company, which covers the risk of loss of major industries.
- GIP: Company in charge of managing oil storage capacity.
- Mauritania Air Lines (MAI) in which SNIM owns 26% equity (Mr. Taleb was a Chairman of MAI)
In the hydrocarbon sector, Mr Abdivall supervised the revision of the legal framework of the hydrocarbons, aiming toward a greater attractiveness, This led to the signing of eight sharing contracts with major international operators, such as Total, Kosmos Energy and Tullow Oil.
Mr. Abdivall graduated with a Ph.D. in Geology “Raw materials, Petrology and Geochemistry” from the University Henry Poincaré, Nancy I (France). He speaks fluent Arabic, French and English and is a professor at the University of Nouakchott.
Mohamed Baba Mohamed.baba(at)edeuxm.com
Mr Baba is a professor at University Blaise Pascal de Clermont-Ferrand in France. He holds a PhD in Chemistry and specializes in plastic material. He is the first coordinator of the mining school of Mauritania. He invented the oil of toogga (www.toogga.fr) that is made in France. He also specializes in the Environmental Preservation and is currently working on new inventions that are environmentally friendly. He is in charge of the development of the new project and the environmental activities for E²M.
Mohamed Salem Boidaha Boidaha(at)edeuxm.com
Mr. Boidaha has over 10 years experience in the hydrocarbon sector. As a former technical advisor to the Minister of Petroleum, Energy and Mines and former Director of Hydrocarbon he advised Ministers in Mauritania and in Chad. Also, he worked as an international consultant in Africa.
Mr. Boidaha has extensive experience in negotiation with oil and mining companies as well as with multilaterals. He worked between 2011 and 2013 on the set up of SPEG which is an IPP that will generate up to 700 MW from a coastal gas field in Mauritania. The first kWh will be produced end of 2014.
During his professional experience, Mr. Boidaha managed, monitored and supervised the national oil and gas industry of Mauritania. On behalf of two Governments, he also was negotiated and implemented several contracts and MOUs with the governments of Qatar, South Africa, Venezuela, and Morocco and with oil companies such as Shell, PETRONAS, CNPC, Esso, Chevron, Gazprom, Rosneft, QPI, Sonatrach and Tullow Oil to monetize hydrocarbon resources in Africa.
In addition to that, Mr. Boidaha has been a guest speaker at high level oil and gas events in Europe, Asia and Africa to promote investment in the oil and gas industry in Mauritania. He worked on the creation of two national oil companies in Africa and the elaboration of new hydrocarbon laws in two African countries.
Mr. Boidaha graduated with an M.B.A from State University of West Georgia in 1999 and a Bachelor Degree in International Economics from the University of Mohamed V.