Sep 20, 2017 01:32 AM

China Names Sinopec Chairman Top Workplace Safety Regulator

Wang Yupu replaces former top safety watchdog who was removed in disciplinary action. Photo: Visual China.
Wang Yupu replaces former top safety watchdog who was removed in disciplinary action. Photo: Visual China.

(Beijing) — The chairman of Sinopec Group, one of China’s state oil majors, was named to head the country’s work safety watchdog, filling a vacancy after the removal of the agency’s previous chief two months ago.

Wang Yupu, chairman of China’s second-largest oil refiner, will become Communist Party chief of the State Administration of Work Safety. The appointment was announced Tuesday by the party’s organization department, which oversees the naming of government officials and state company executives.

Wang will also take the position of director of the work safety administration, following tradition.

Yang Huanning, the former director and party chief of the work safety administration, was removed in late July. Yang was later demoted after a disciplinary investigation found that he had "strayed from party principles on critical matters," according to the Central Commission of Discipline Inspection.

Wang, 61, has been Sinopec chairman since May 2015, when he succeeded Fu Chengyu, who retired. Before joining Sinopec, Wang was the deputy party chief of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and previously the party chief of the All China Federation of Trade Unions. Between 2009 and 2010, Wang was the deputy governor of the northeastern province of Heilongjiang.

Before taking on administrative positions, Wang worked most of his career in the oil and gas industry. He has been praised for his technical expertise. He spent more than 27 years in China’s first major oilfield, Daqing in Heilongjiang, rising from oil engineer to general manager of the oilfield.

Wang was elected as a delegate to the 19th congress of the Communist Party, which will convene in October to elect a new slate of party leaders.

As Wang moves to the work safety administration, Sinopec said its general manager, Dai Houliang, will temporarily assume Wang’s duties.

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