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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

  • Iraq: A Ticking Time Bomb For Oil Markets

    Published 30 September 2018 | viewed 27,866 times

    Iraq’s ministry of oil has published a very optimistic report on the country’s capability to ramp up production, but internal political issues could lead to…

  • OPEC Meeting Sets Oil Markets Up For A Price Spike

    Published 24 September 2018 | viewed 62,380 times

    The OPEC/ non-OPEC JMCC meeting in Algiers has provided a very diffuse outcome. Oil markets seem to be heading to a state of instability, as…

  • Is A New Crisis Brewing In The Saudi Royal Family?

    Published 09 September 2018 | viewed 104,268 times

    Major changes are never going without instability, conflict and possible crisis. Saudi Arabia’s dramatic change to diversify its economy away from an oil-based rentier state…

  • Iraq Is Facing A Major Internal Crisis

    Published 05 September 2018 | viewed 22,349 times

    Despite the fact that production and export figures presented by Iraqi sources are showing a significant improvement, optimism should be tempered. Iraq continues to head…

  • Tight Oil Markets Are Ignoring Supply Risk

    Published 26 July 2018 | viewed 18,771 times

    The global oil market is once again in flux as geopolitics and regional conflicts take an increasingly heavy toll on oil supplies. Since the OPEC…

  • Has Saudi Arabia Fooled Oil Analysts?

    Published 23 July 2018 | viewed 38,801 times

    There is never a dull moment in the Desert Kingdom when looking at the ongoing economic changes taking place inside Saudi Arabia. The world’s largest…

  • Domestic Unrest Threatens OPEC’s No.2

    Published 16 July 2018 | viewed 19,566 times

    Iraq’s future is again tottering with protests erupting of the country. Baghdad is being confronted by internal unrest, as economic and social problems have spilled…

  • Iran Threatens To Close Crucial Oil Chokepoint

    Published 04 July 2018 | viewed 39,656 times

    An old doomsday scenario has been revived again by Iranian officials. Iranian president Rouhani stated on Tuesday in Bern, Switzerland that his country could block…

  • What Trump’s Tweet Actually Means For Oil

    Published 02 July 2018 | viewed 32,210 times

    After a weekend of turmoil, largely caused by President Trump’s twitter diplomacy, the international oil cartel could soon be facing a new crisis. As previously…

  • How Important Are Egypt’s Gas Discoveries?

    Published 28 June 2018 | viewed 38,036 times

    One of the world’s most prolific gas regions, the East Mediterranean, is currently witnessing extremely high activity. In addition to Egypt’s success with the giant…

  • The New OPEC Deal: Paper Barrels Won’t Materialize

    Published 22 June 2018 | viewed 22,963 times

    After a hectic week of unofficial meetings between OPEC members in Vienna, largely in and around the Hofburg, the former residency of the Austrian Emperor…

  • The Decisive Battle For Yemen’s Oil Port

    Published 13 June 2018 | viewed 20,078 times

    An Arab coalition, led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, have started their expected military assault on the Yemeni port of Hodeidah. This military operation…

  • Can Saudi Arabia Prevent The Next Oil Shock?

    Published 11 June 2018 | viewed 39,575 times

    The ongoing speculation online about the future of cooperation between Russia and OPEC seems to be a little one-sided. The main point of discussion up…

  • Anti-Qatar Threats Could Jeopardize OPEC Meeting

    Published 06 June 2018 | viewed 9,875 times

    The OPEC meeting on June 22nd could become a major showdown of internal conflicts. The media has been focusing on the possible split between the…

  • The Soccer Player Saving Egypt’s Energy Sector

    Published 05 June 2018 | viewed 9,815 times

    Following the discovery of the immense Zohr gas field and several new onshore oil deposits in Egypt, the country was full of optimism about the…

  • Oil Prices Could Bounce Back On Geopolitical Risk

    Published 29 May 2018 | viewed 15,324 times

    June’s OPEC meeting is anticipated with fear by analysts, with the potential of a crash in oil prices if Saudi Arabia and Russia decide to…

  • How The World’s Oil Powers Will Seize The Iran Deal

    Published 09 May 2018 | viewed 22,513 times

    Despite President Trump’s clear signals over the last month, his decision to leave the JCPOA nuclear deal has still managed to shock the market. It…

  • Egypt Could Become Europe’s Next Big Energy Hub

    Published 26 April 2018 | viewed 20,035 times

    Egypt’s oil and gas future has been looking bleak for years, as the impact of the Arab Spring, the emergence of a Muslim Brotherhood government…

  • The One Man Who Could Send Oil To $100

    Published 19 April 2018 | viewed 57,610 times

    The future of North Africa’s leading oil and gas producer Libya is once again under threat. International media reports that Libya’s strongman General Khalifa Haftar,…

  • The Overlooked Factor That Could Derail The OPEC Deal

    Published 17 April 2018 | viewed 9,628 times

    While the continuing Russia-OPEC discussions are dominating headlines, with a focus on a possible extension of the oil production cut agreement into 2019, the market…

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