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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

  • Domestic Unrest Threatens OPEC’s No.2

    Published 16 July 2018 | viewed 20,312 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 40,772 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 32,987 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 40,000 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 24,271 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 21,296 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 40,906 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 10,294 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 10,273 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 16,013 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 23,350 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 21,256 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 58,815 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 9,990 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…

  • Saudi Arabia, Russia Ink 3 Huge Energy Deals

    Published 14 February 2018 | viewed 24,007 times

    Saudi Arabia hits bullseye, IPO and LNG deals cements geopolitical cooperation Russia Hidden by the fog of the ongoing oil market volatility and the Turkish…

  • An Eastern Mediterranean Offshore Gas War Is Brewing

    Published 14 February 2018 | viewed 23,977 times

    Optimism about the ongoing East Mediterranean offshore gas adventures could be soon confronted by a bleak reality. As the world watches the Operation Olive Branch…

  • Iranian President Orders Armed Forces To Divest All Energy Assets

    Published 10 February 2018 | viewed 27,357 times

    Iran’s regime is heading for a possible showdown with one of its main backbones... President Hassan Rouhani ordered Iran’s military forces to sell their oil-,…

  • Dutch Gas Goals Rocked By Earthquakes

    Published 02 February 2018 | viewed 11,611 times

    Dutch gas dreams have ended with a bang after Dutch independent regulator SodM presented its recommendation to the Dutch government to cut existing natural gas…

  • Iran, Qatar Crude Exports To Asia Are Tanking

    Published 31 January 2018 | viewed 12,863 times

    After years of healthy trade in crude oil and petroleum products between Iran, Qatar and Asian customers, the tide seems to be turning.  This week,…

  • Aramco IPO Delay Fears Are All Hype

    Published 30 January 2018 | viewed 8,478 times

    International media sources are once again falling over each other by reporting that the eagerly awaited Aramco IPO is no longer on track for 2018.…

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