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Cyril Widdershoven

VEROCY

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

  • What BP Got Wrong About Global Oil Demand

    Published 16 September 2020 | viewed 25,341 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 12,656 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 32,297 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 21,719 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 34,637 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…

  • Turkey’s Latest Geopolitical Gamble Could Result In Catastrophe

    Published 05 July 2020 | viewed 38,913 times

    The rosy future of the offshore East Mediterranean (East-Med) gas boom is in jeopardy. The current COVID-related economic downturn, combined with the dramatic drop in…

  • Oil Market Optimism Is Entirely Misplaced

    Published 25 June 2020 | viewed 65,599 times

    Optimism is supposedly back in oil markets, with the Global Research team at Bank of America lifting its oil price forecast for this year and…

  • Will The World’s Largest Oil Company Cut Its Dividend?

    Published 05 May 2020 | viewed 20,475 times

    It is becoming increasingly clear that the ongoing oil demand destruction, COVID-19 lockdowns and financial crisis are going to significantly impact Saudi Arabia. In a…

  • A Major Bull Run Is Forming In Oil Markets

    Published 03 May 2020 | viewed 234,699 times

    The oil market is facing an unprecedented crisis as COVID-19 causes demand destruction and OPEC+ has proven powerless to stop oil prices from crashing. But…

  • Why The Oil Industry Can No Longer Rely On China

    Published 25 April 2020 | viewed 102,945 times

    The global oil sector is reeling from a combination of negative oil prices, storage overload, demand destruction, and calls for a renewable energy revolution in…

  • The Oil Industry’s Recovery Lacks One Important Ingredient

    Published 18 April 2020 | viewed 152,850 times

    The growing global oil and gas glut, partly caused by the coronavirus global lockdown but also due to mismanagement of the US shale sector and…

  • OPEC’s Plan To Take Over The Global Oil Industry

    Published 05 April 2020 | viewed 178,458 times

    The first three months of 2020 have shocked the global energy market to its foundations. The toxic mix of coronavirus, a global economic recession, and…

  • The OPEC Meeting Could Send Oil Prices Crashing Below $10

    Published 03 April 2020 | viewed 417,630 times

    The current optimism of analysts and the media that an end to the ongoing OPEC+ oil price spat is near is entirely unjustified. The ongoing…

  • Can Saudi Arabia Survive The Oil Price War It Started?

    Published 09 March 2020 | viewed 97,729 times

    As the world watches an oil price war unfold between Russia, OPEC, and US shale, another major crisis is looming in the Middle East. Saudi…

  • The World’s Top LNG Producer Is In Trouble

    Published 17 February 2020 | viewed 92,181 times

    Global LNG markets are struggling with a glut of unprecedented levels. International expansion in Australia, Qatar, Mozambique and Egypt, combined with a continuously strong US…

  • Is Egypt’s Energy Hub Dream Falling Apart?

    Published 01 February 2020 | viewed 30,966 times

    Since the end of the 1990s Egypt has dreamt of becoming an East Mediterranean gas and energy hub. The discoveries offshore in the Nile Delta…

  • Libya Is Facing A New Oil War

    Published 20 January 2020 | viewed 19,614 times

    Libya’s oil operations have been dealt a blow during the last 24 hours, after local Libyan tribes, allies of Libya’s General Haftar’s LNA, disrupted production…

  • The Iran Crisis Is Far From Over

    Published 12 January 2020 | viewed 24,636 times

    After a week of extreme turmoil in the Middle East, due to the killing of Iranian IRGC leader Soleimani, Iran’s 2nd in command, and the…

  • Why Banning Fossil Fuel Investment Is A Huge Mistake

    Published 16 November 2019 | viewed 19,531 times

    Activist global warming strategies have now caused the European Investment Bank to ban its fossil fuel project funding. After more than a year of internal…

  • Could The Aramco IPO Kill OPEC?

    Published 14 November 2019 | viewed 63,844 times

    The global oil market could be entering unchartered waters in the coming weeks. After the US shale revolution, which threatened OPEC’s hold on and the…

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