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Cyril Widdershoven


Contributor since: 22 Mar 2017

Cyril Widdershoven

Dr. Cyril Widdershoven is a long-time observer of the global energy market. Presently, he holds several advisory positions with international think tanks in the Middle East and energy sectors in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Dr.Widdershoven earned his post graduate degrees at King’s College, University of London, Department of War Studies, and an MA in Middle East Studies at the University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands. The main focus of his work has been on geopolitical risks, terrorism,
fundamentalism and military/defense related issues in the MENA region. At the same time, due to consulting work and advisory, he has become involved in the oil, gas and energy sectors in the region and Africa.

He held several senior publishing positions in leading energy publications such as Afroil, Middle East Oil and Gas, and North Africa Oil and Gas Magazine Cairo, and he continues to oversee the Mediterranean Energy Political Risk Consultancy. Dr. Widdershoven worked on M&A operations in Egypt, Libya, Sudan, and Iran, he studied the pipeline operations in Libya, Algeria, Nigeria and Turkey, and he assessed risk for institutional investors and banks in Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Iraq, all while advising the Dutch government and international organizations on related issues.

Dr Cyril Widdershoven is owner of Dutch consultancy VEROCY and Global Head Strategy & Risk at Berry Commodities Fund.

Latest articles from Cyril

  • How Biden's Posturing In The Middle East Could Hurt America

    Published 08 February 2021 | viewed 10,919 times

    The new Biden Administration has largely been focused on fulfilling its election promises in its first month in power. After reversing an extensive list of…

  • Why Saudi Arabia Wants To Sell More Of Its Oil Giant

    Published 28 January 2021 | viewed 8,017 times

    Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil company, is about to make headlines again. In a surprise statement by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during…

  • The Oil Industry Is In Dire Need Of Investment

    Published 12 January 2021 | viewed 28,301 times

    The global oil market is in flux once again. The bulls are fighting it out with the bears as COVID lockdowns come into force around…

  • The OPEC Member That Could Derail The Production Cut Plan

    Published 10 December 2020 | viewed 11,400 times

    After a week of contentious OPEC+ discussions, in which the UAE played a key role, it appears that the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)…

  • The Worrying Truth About The New OPEC+ Agreement

    Published 05 December 2020 | viewed 27,837 times

    OPEC+ has finally managed to reach a production cut agreement after several days of increased internal dissent. In its statement, the group reiterated a continued…

  • Israel And Saudi Arabia Could Derail Biden’s Middle East Plans

    Published 23 November 2020 | viewed 9,959 times

    After weeks of speculation over how the new Biden Administration will approach U.S. relations in the Arab Gulf, the first real hurdles for a new…

  • An Oil Market Recovery Is On The Horizon

    Published 10 November 2020 | viewed 22,256 times

    The major participants at ADIPEC 2020’s ADNOC Trading Forum expressed a wide range of sentiment, but the general message was one of caution or even…

  • Aramco’s Profit Drop Is A Dire Warning For Saudi Arabia

    Published 04 November 2020 | viewed 9,902 times

    By reporting a 44.6% decrease in profits in Q3 2020, Aramco has put a major damper on Saudi Arabia’s economic diversification strategies and overall stability.…

  • Why Libya’s Surge In Oil Exports Won’t Last

    Published 27 October 2020 | viewed 4,895 times

    The Libyan ceasefire agreement, which is being painted as a permanent one, could soon face increased opposition if third party interference is not dealt with.…

  • OPEC+ Is On The Brink Of A Crisis

    Published 19 October 2020 | viewed 24,424 times

    The OPEC+ member countries are on the brink of a financial crisis if the latest assessments of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are accurate. The…

  • A Geopolitical Time Bomb In Europe

    Published 17 October 2020 | viewed 10,988 times

    In a week when several major oil and gas reports were released, most notably the IEA World Energy Outlook 2020 and OPEC’s World Oil Outlook,…

  • Why Saudi Arabia May Be Forced To Start Another Oil Price War

    Published 13 October 2020 | viewed 41,371 times

    The ongoing weakness of global oil markets seems to be stoking tensions within OPEC+, and a split within its leadership is now imminent. From the…

  • Middle East Natural Gas Megaprojects Face Major Risks

    Published 12 October 2020 | viewed 6,755 times

    In a new report, the Arab Petroleum Investment Corporation (Apicorp), the investment fund of the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC), states that the…

  • Why Nigeria’s Oil Company Is Considering An IPO

    Published 01 October 2020 | viewed 3,692 times

    Africa’s oil and gas industry is facing a financial onslaught as a result of a combination of COVID-19,  activist shareholders and the so-called Greening of…

  • The Unintended Consequences Of Fossil Fuel Divestment

    Published 27 September 2020 | viewed 15,907 times

    The stability of the global oil market is under threat. The impact of COVID-19 and the resultant demand destruction has put an ever-increasing amount of…

  • What BP Got Wrong About Global Oil Demand

    Published 16 September 2020 | viewed 31,436 times

    Environmentalists around the world are having a field day this week as international media picks up on the oil market forecasts in the recently released…

  • Libya’s Oil Deal Could Be A Serious Bearish Catalyst For Crude Markets

    Published 14 September 2020 | viewed 13,324 times

    OPEC turns 60 years today, but the celebration has been postponed in the light of the ongoing pandemic. The combination of demand destruction caused by…

  • Can Saudi Arabia Extend The OPEC Deal Until 2022?

    Published 19 July 2020 | viewed 32,645 times

    Oil market bulls are in for a surprise if we believe the latest statements from OPEC+ leaders Saudi Arabia and Russia. The official views proponed…

  • The Forgotten Conflict That Is Threatening Energy Markets

    Published 19 July 2020 | viewed 22,421 times

    One of the world’s forgotten conflicts is now making headlines again. In the last week, the military conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia has reignited, with…

  • Libya Is On The Brink Of A Major Military Conflict

    Published 12 July 2020 | viewed 34,838 times

    Global oil market analysts are carefully watching the latest news emerging from Africa’s (potentially) largest oil producer. In an unexpected move, Libya's National Oil Corporation…

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