No cause of death was given.
In a statement, OPEC said:
- He was the much-loved leader of the OPEC Secretariat and his passing is a profound loss to the entire OPEC Family, the oil industry and the international community
- Itso important to express our deep gratitude for the over 40 years of selfless service that Barkindo gave to OPEC
The death of Mohammed Barkindo comes as his term as OPEC secretary general was due to end on 31 July.
He’d held the post for 6 years since 2016.
Barkindo’s unexpected death came as a shock to members of the oil and gas world, many of whom describe him as a giant in the industry.
He had returned to Abuja in preparation for a post-OPEC career.