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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

Latest articles from Cyril

  • Egypt Is Shaping Up To Become A Real Energy Hub

    Published 17 February 2019 | viewed 22,029 times

    Egypt’s oil and gas future looks very bright. The large scale concessions awarded during the EGYPS2019 conference in Cairo, 11-13 February, shows the appetite of…

  • OPEC’s Oil Princes Are Fighting For Survival

    Published 03 February 2019 | viewed 48,041 times

    The already strained relationship between U.S. lawmakers and two of President Trump’s staunchest supporters, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Mohammed…

  • EU Still Aims To Circumvent U.S. Sanctions On Iran

    Published 31 January 2019 | viewed 8,249 times

    European countries continue to find ways to circumvent U.S. sanctions on Iran, presenting a new payment channel in recent days. The new channel, called INSTEX,…

  • The Only Way For The Aramco IPO Is Downstream

    Published 30 January 2019 | viewed 13,603 times

    The Aramco IPO fog has been partly cleared up, after Amin Nasser, Aramco’s CEO, opened up to the press during a meeting at the World…

  • Political Crisis In Venezuela To Reshape OPEC

    Published 27 January 2019 | viewed 12,408 times

    The political power struggle in Venezuela is heating up, and there seems to be no real solution on the horizon yet. The surprise move by…

  • French Total To Enter Saudi Downstream Business

    Published 21 January 2019 | viewed 11,115 times

    Saudi Aramco is currently mainly in the news with regards to multibillion investment schemes in Asian markets, showing an increased appetite to lock in demand…

  • Middle East Gas Game Accelerates As ENI Wins Concessions

    Published 15 January 2019 | viewed 9,686 times

    Italian oil and gas major ENI has left other international oil majors behind as it has been awarded a long-range of new concession agreements with…

  • Libyan Oil In Jeopardy As Peace Talks Fail

    Published 18 December 2018 | viewed 12,963 times

    Libya’s National Oil Company NOC has once again shocked the oil market by officially declaring force majeure on its operations at the El Sharara oilfield,…

  • What Would A New OPEC Look Like?

    Published 11 December 2018 | viewed 8,962 times

    The global oil market is going through a metamorphosis, and if the signs are right, a possible long-term partnership between OPEC and its former rivals,…

  • 2019: A Pivotal Year For OPEC

    Published 10 December 2018 | viewed 25,376 times

    OPEC’s rollercoaster ride in Vienna highlights the growing divide within the oil cartel. Many oil analysts and financial gurus have fallen for the oldest media…

  • Qatar’s Irrational Decision To Leave OPEC

    Published 03 December 2018 | viewed 15,200 times

    OPEC’s future is once again up in the air after the decision by Qatar to leave the oil cartel on January 1 2019. Saad Al…

  • Natural Gas Drives Saudi Geopolitical Pivot

    Published 28 November 2018 | viewed 18,937 times

    The world’s largest oil company Saudi Aramco seems to have surprised the global energy markets the last couple of days. New announcements of multi-billion dollar…

  • The Impending Endgame In Oil Markets

    Published 19 November 2018 | viewed 49,002 times

    U.S. president Trump is facing strong internal pressure to punish Saudi Arabia in the coming days. For Washington, however, this could be a double-edged sword,…

  • Why The EU Can't Save Iran

    Published 17 November 2018 | viewed 19,069 times

    The full impact of U.S. sanctions on Iran is still to be assessed, as major underlying factors remain opaque. OPEC’s current fear of an oil…

  • Abu Dhabi’s Remarkable Energy Diversification

    Published 15 November 2018 | viewed 9,263 times

    Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), one of the largest producers within OPEC, is undergoing a dramatic transformation. ADNOC’s CEO has made several statements suggesting…

  • The Trojan Horse In Oil Markets

    Published 07 November 2018 | viewed 21,662 times

    The U.S. sanctions on Iran are not biting yet, as global oil markets are well supplied. In the coming weeks, Iranian crude volumes should show…

  • OPEC's Radical Strategy Change After The Midterms

    Published 31 October 2018 | viewed 14,631 times

    Oil markets could be heading for a possible showdown this week, as U.S. sanctions on Iran will be implemented fully, OPEC+ producers have opened the…

  • U.S-Saudi Clash Could Spell Disaster For OPEC

    Published 17 October 2018 | viewed 23,249 times

    The Khashoggi case is far from over, as current harsh statements coming from Washington are showing. Not only is there a long line of U.S.…

  • Disappearance Of Saudi Journalist Could Rock Oil Markets

    Published 14 October 2018 | viewed 21,486 times

    In the “World is Not Enough”, British spy James Bond takes on international oil cartels and illegal operators. The fiction of the story is clear…

  • The $50 Billion Deal That Could Revive The Aramco IPO

    Published 02 October 2018 | viewed 10,803 times

    The Aramco IPO saga continues, with the Saudi oil giant soon to enter the international financial markets for a $50 billion loan. International sources are…

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