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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

  • Does Divestment From Fossil Fuels Really Work?

    Published 27 October 2021 | viewed 5,034 times

    The COP26 meeting next week will likely be the largest divestment party ever seen. Investors with $39.2 trillion in investments under management have already committed…

  • What ADNOC’s IPO Successes Mean For Middle East Oil

    Published 23 October 2021 | viewed 3,091 times

    Abu Dhabi’s national oil company ADNOC’s IPO strategy seems to be well-timed. After the multi-billion dollar IPO of its drilling unit, ADNOC Drilling, the company…

  • The Dutch Government Is Gambling Billions On Green Hydrogen

    Published 23 October 2021 | viewed 5,282 times

    The future of green hydrogen looks very bright, with the renewable energy source becoming something of a media darling in recent months. The global drive…

  • Are Algorithms To Blame For Europe’s Natural Gas Crisis?

    Published 11 October 2021 | viewed 6,751 times

    The continuing European energy market crunch is still making headlines. The main culprit, according to media and politicians, is Russia, as it is refusing to…

  • The Harsh Truth Behind Europe’s Energy Crisis

    Published 25 September 2021 | viewed 23,217 times

    Europe’s energy crunch is continuing, as gas storage volumes have shrunk to 10-year lows. A possible harsh winter could lead to severe energy shortages and…

  • Saudi Arabia On Edge As The U.S. Withdraws From The Middle East

    Published 13 September 2021 | viewed 9,141 times

    The strategic relationship between the House of Saud and the US Administration is worsening by the day, as shown by repeated unexpected changes in president…

  • Middle East Oil Producers Make Surprising Pivot Towards Renewables

    Published 12 September 2021 | viewed 4,590 times

    Weaning the world off hydrocarbons to fight climate change is this generation’s biggest challenge. It is a challenge that has pushed major OECD members to…

  • Middle East Oil Giants Grapple With Cyberattacks

    Published 24 July 2021 | viewed 4,067 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 7,259 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 11,651 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 12,096 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 35,986 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 6,012 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 4,061 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 5,285 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 15,265 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 5,005 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 2,381 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 3,457 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 24,401 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…

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