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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

  • Tanker Strikes Spell Doomsday Scenario For OPEC

    Published 13 June 2019 | viewed 37,382 times

    An attack by an unknown party on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman has put the Arabian/Persian Gulf region on edge. After the…

  • The Bearish Threat Within OPEC

    Published 09 June 2019 | viewed 45,324 times

    After a prolonged oil price plunge, pushing price levels down to around $59 Brent per barrel, signs are showing that the market believes the downward…

  • The Oil Market Isn’t As Weak As It Appears

    Published 26 May 2019 | viewed 18,982 times

    A slight price recovery on Friday couldn’t save what turned out to be the worst week this year for oil markets. Brent is currently hovering…

  • Global Oil Flows At Stake In New Middle East Proxy War

    Published 14 May 2019 | viewed 29,706 times

    The tensions between Saudi Arabia/UAE and Iran seem to be heading for a new showdown, as the media hype during the weekend has shown. Not…

  • New Middle East Proxy War Could Jolt Oil Prices

    Published 12 May 2019 | viewed 51,177 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 58,843 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 41,360 times

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  • Why An OPEC Oil Supply Surge Won’t Happen

    Published 28 April 2019 | viewed 69,486 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 13,580 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 20,398 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 21,520 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 46,747 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 45,277 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 15,259 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 24,916 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 102,073 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 18,928 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 15,573 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 24,552 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 50,211 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…

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