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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

  • Middle East Oil Giants Grapple With Cyberattacks

    Published 24 July 2021 | viewed 3,158 times

    As the global oil and gas markets are recovering from the steep sell-off last Monday, threats in the market are not just linked to demand-supply…

  • Can Iran Avoid A Major National Uprising?

    Published 23 July 2021 | viewed 6,374 times

    As Iran is preparing for the inauguration of elected president Ebrahim Raisi, a move that will consolidate the power of the ultra-conservative forces that support…

  • The Conflict Within OPEC Is Far From Over

    Published 14 July 2021 | viewed 10,949 times

    As expected, OPEC leaders Saudi Arabia and UAE have reached a so-called solution to the current export quota conflict.  For two weeks, the global oil…

  • The Real Reason OPEC Talks Broke Down

    Published 07 July 2021 | viewed 11,568 times

    Major cracks appear to be forming in the OPEC+ alliance. After several years of unprecedented cooperation between OPEC members and non-OPEC producers, the growing regional…

  • Oil Markets Baffled As The IEA Calls For More Production

    Published 13 June 2021 | viewed 35,256 times

    In its latest Monthly Oil Report, the IEA called on OPEC+ to increase production in order to counter higher demand in 2022. The agency claimed…

  • Turkey Makes Moves To Become An Energy Hub

    Published 12 June 2021 | viewed 5,435 times

    Turkey has dreamed about becoming an energy hub for decades, and as East Mediterranean offshore energy projects develop, it seems that dream may soon become…

  • The Iran Nuclear Deal Won’t Happen Any Time Soon

    Published 09 June 2021 | viewed 3,661 times

    Global oil markets have been on edge recently due to the continuing JCPOA discussions and the possibility of the U.S. rejoining the deal. While there…

  • What The Shell Climate Case Means For Big Oil

    Published 27 May 2021 | viewed 4,852 times

    Global oil and gas companies could be facing a major legal threat if the Dutch court ruling on Royal Dutch Shell sets an international precedent.…

  • The IEA’s Latest Proposal Is Both Reckless And Impossible

    Published 18 May 2021 | viewed 14,665 times

    The International Energy Agency,  which has stepped up its efforts to become a major green energy supporter, appears to have forgotten the reason it was…

  • Saudi Aramco Needs More Than Just Strong Earnings

    Published 05 May 2021 | viewed 4,771 times

    Saudi Arabia’s national oil company Aramco has again outperformed forecasts. The world’s largest oil company, and 2nd largest listed company, reported a free cash flow…

  • Who Will Buy The 1% Stake In Aramco?

    Published 28 April 2021 | viewed 2,139 times

    In an interview on Saudi national TV, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hinted at a possible sale of a 1% stake in Saudi Aramco.…

  • Oil Markets On Edge As Iranian Elections Loom

    Published 27 April 2021 | viewed 3,136 times

    A major threat is brewing for international oil and commodity markets in the coming months. There has been an increase in the amount of drone…

  • How Russia Could Kickstart Another Oil Price War

    Published 24 April 2021 | viewed 22,436 times

    Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is starting to feel the heat of new U.S. sanctions, as Washington is putting some additional bite into its confrontation with…

  • Abu Dhabi Is Determined To Transform Middle East Energy Markets

    Published 21 April 2021 | viewed 1,903 times

    Abu Dhabi is simultaneously preparing for an increase in oil and gas demand in the coming years and for the global rise of renewable energy.…

  • Why Iran’s Return To Oil Markets Isn’t A Major Threat

    Published 18 April 2021 | viewed 13,823 times

    The ongoing JCPOA discussions, involving European countries, Russia, Iran, and, on the sidelines, the U.S., are being watched by international oil markets with trepidation. The…

  • Big Oil’s Dwindling Reserves Are A Major Problem

    Published 12 April 2021 | viewed 15,973 times

    In the coming years, the power structure of global oil markets is set for a major shakeup if the reserve life of International Oil Companies…

  • Will Vision 2030 Impact Saudi Arabia’s OPEC Strategy?

    Published 08 April 2021 | viewed 3,012 times

    OPEC’s leader Saudi Arabia is feeling the heat of its own success at present. By again stabilizing the markets, global oil prices have increased substantially…

  • Is Russia About To Invade Ukraine?

    Published 01 April 2021 | viewed 26,284 times

    While the world is focused on OPEC news and Easter preparations, the Ukrainian crisis is heating up and there is a real threat of a…

  • The Key Takeaways From Saudi Aramco’s 2020 Report

    Published 22 March 2021 | viewed 5,978 times

    Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil company, reported a 44% reduction in revenues in 2020. These losses were largely caused by COVID-demand destruction and lower…

  • The World’s Biggest Oil Company Is About To Release Its 2020 Results

    Published 20 March 2021 | viewed 28,016 times

    Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil and gas company, will present its 2020 financial results on Sunday, March 21st. Considering the turbulence and volatility of…

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