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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

  • New Middle East Proxy War Could Jolt Oil Prices

    Published 12 May 2019 | viewed 50,943 times

    U.S. sanctions on Iran are now really starting to bite. In contrast to what European media portray, Iran’s oil and gas exports are plunging. Tehran’s…

  • Middle East Oil Giants Are About To Upend Oil Trading

    Published 05 May 2019 | viewed 58,644 times

    The summer of 2019 could be a watershed moment in global commodity markets. The next couple of months, could see a major reshuffle of global…

  • OPEC Is Facing An Existential Crisis

    Published 04 May 2019 | viewed 41,196 times

    Global oil market fundamentals are looking particularly bullish, from the OPEC+ production cuts, to the constraints of exports in Nigeria and the U.S. sanctions on…

  • Why An OPEC Oil Supply Surge Won’t Happen

    Published 28 April 2019 | viewed 69,294 times

    The end of the Iranian sanction waivers by the Trump Administration has put oil traders on edge.While most analysts are optimistic about OPEC leader Saudi…

  • The Next Geopolitical Flashpoint For Oil

    Published 11 April 2019 | viewed 13,435 times

    The removal of long-time Sudanese dictator Omar Bashir by the Sudanese army has been hailed by some as a sign of a new “Arab Spring”.…

  • Oil Markets On Edge As Military Clash Looms In Libya

    Published 07 April 2019 | viewed 20,220 times

    Libya is heading for a military showdown as East Libyan strongman General Haftar has initiated a full confrontation with the UN-backed West-Libyan GNA Al Serraj…

  • Did Aramco Just Open Pandora’s Box?

    Published 01 April 2019 | viewed 21,429 times

    Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil company, has for the first time ever issued a bond prospectus to financial markets, shedding some light on its…

  • Expect Higher Oil Prices As OPEC Clashes With Trump

    Published 31 March 2019 | viewed 46,601 times

    The ongoing turf war between U.S. president Donald Trump and OPEC+ where the oil market needs to be heading is again heating up. With a…

  • The World’s Largest Oil Company And Petrochemical Company Merge

    Published 27 March 2019 | viewed 44,993 times

    The long awaited Saudi Aramco acquisition of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) is finally here. With a statement to the press, Aramco CEO Amin Nasser…

  • A “Perfect Coup’’ Is Unfolding In Algeria

    Published 27 March 2019 | viewed 15,148 times

    The ongoing unrest in one of North Africa’s largest oil and gas producers Algeria is reaching boiling point. After weeks of protests from the opposition,…

  • Is Norway’s Oil & Gas Selloff A Mistake?

    Published 10 March 2019 | viewed 24,772 times

    Another big step has been taken to end the hydrocarbon era, if the decision by Norway’s sovereign wealth fund to dump oil stocks and investments…

  • The $32 Trillion Push To Disrupt The Entire Oil Industry

    Published 24 February 2019 | viewed 101,855 times

    Global oil and gas companies are increasingly facing an uphill battle as global warming policies are taking their toll. Most analysts and market watchers are…

  • The End-Game For Libya’s Oil Crescent

    Published 20 February 2019 | viewed 18,809 times

    Libyan officials have stated that the control of the El Sharara oilfield has been handed over by LNA forces to Libyan oil security forces, the…

  • A Worrying Trend For International Oil Giants

    Published 19 February 2019 | viewed 15,502 times

    International ratings agency Fitch has awarded the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) a stand-alone credit rating of AA+. This rating is evidence of ADNOC’s…

  • Egypt Is Shaping Up To Become A Real Energy Hub

    Published 17 February 2019 | viewed 24,325 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 50,039 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 8,805 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 14,397 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 13,410 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 11,794 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…

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