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David Bleasdale

Executive Director
CITAC Africa Ltd

David has assisted the African Refiners & Distributors Association for nearly 10 years as part of CITAC Africa’s long term supporting role in supplying strategic and technical support for the Association. CITAC Africa is the retained consultant to the African Refiners and Distributors Association. David applies his 30 years senior management experience in downstream oil spent with the Total group, including refining, retail, wholesale/consumer/specialities sales & marketing, distribution and trading to the assistance and development of the ARA.


David was Commercial Manager of Total’s UK refinery determining crude selection, unit operation and product blending before heading up product trading for the Total group in both Europe and Singapore during 10 years in the Trading & Shipping division.


Subsequently, within Total GB, David managed all inland product supply and distribution by pipeline, rail and truck, three 100% company-owned terminals and all commercial sales including bitumen and lubricants, while later, for the TOTAL group in Paris, he managed Total’s worldwide Marine Fuels and Lubricants divisions and undertook major logistic reorganisations and managed full integration of quality systems.


He joined CITAC Africa as a major shareholder in 2008 and since then CITAC Africa has continued to develop a niche position in consulting projects in the African downstream through its team’s unique experience across Africa and the complete supply chain.


David’s expertise is to apply his extensive operational, commercial, financial, strategy, trading and audit experience in downstream oil to the assessment of petroleum value chain management – particularly in evaluating capital and working capital costs alongside the associated business risks.

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