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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 works as a Senior Researcher at Hill Tower Resource Advisors. Next to this, he fills 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

  • Why Libya’s Surge In Oil Exports Won’t Last

    Published 27 October 2020 | viewed 5,332 times

    The Libyan ceasefire agreement, which is being painted as a permanent one, could soon face increased opposition if third party interference is not dealt with.…

  • OPEC+ Is On The Brink Of A Crisis

    Published 19 October 2020 | viewed 25,286 times

    The OPEC+ member countries are on the brink of a financial crisis if the latest assessments of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are accurate. The…

  • A Geopolitical Time Bomb In Europe

    Published 17 October 2020 | viewed 11,837 times

    In a week when several major oil and gas reports were released, most notably the IEA World Energy Outlook 2020 and OPEC’s World Oil Outlook,…

  • Why Saudi Arabia May Be Forced To Start Another Oil Price War

    Published 13 October 2020 | viewed 42,575 times

    The ongoing weakness of global oil markets seems to be stoking tensions within OPEC+, and a split within its leadership is now imminent. From the…

  • Middle East Natural Gas Megaprojects Face Major Risks

    Published 12 October 2020 | viewed 7,424 times

    In a new report, the Arab Petroleum Investment Corporation (Apicorp), the investment fund of the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC), states that the…

  • Why Nigeria’s Oil Company Is Considering An IPO

    Published 01 October 2020 | viewed 4,246 times

    Africa’s oil and gas industry is facing a financial onslaught as a result of a combination of COVID-19,  activist shareholders and the so-called Greening of…

  • The Unintended Consequences Of Fossil Fuel Divestment

    Published 27 September 2020 | viewed 17,076 times

    The stability of the global oil market is under threat. The impact of COVID-19 and the resultant demand destruction has put an ever-increasing amount of…

  • What BP Got Wrong About Global Oil Demand

    Published 16 September 2020 | viewed 32,290 times

    Environmentalists around the world are having a field day this week as international media picks up on the oil market forecasts in the recently released…

  • Libya’s Oil Deal Could Be A Serious Bearish Catalyst For Crude Markets

    Published 14 September 2020 | viewed 13,979 times

    OPEC turns 60 years today, but the celebration has been postponed in the light of the ongoing pandemic. The combination of demand destruction caused by…

  • Can Saudi Arabia Extend The OPEC Deal Until 2022?

    Published 19 July 2020 | viewed 33,332 times

    Oil market bulls are in for a surprise if we believe the latest statements from OPEC+ leaders Saudi Arabia and Russia. The official views proponed…

  • The Forgotten Conflict That Is Threatening Energy Markets

    Published 19 July 2020 | viewed 23,413 times

    One of the world’s forgotten conflicts is now making headlines again. In the last week, the military conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia has reignited, with…

  • Libya Is On The Brink Of A Major Military Conflict

    Published 12 July 2020 | viewed 35,729 times

    Global oil market analysts are carefully watching the latest news emerging from Africa’s (potentially) largest oil producer. In an unexpected move, Libya's National Oil Corporation…

  • Turkey’s Latest Geopolitical Gamble Could Result In Catastrophe

    Published 05 July 2020 | viewed 40,708 times

    The rosy future of the offshore East Mediterranean (East-Med) gas boom is in jeopardy. The current COVID-related economic downturn, combined with the dramatic drop in…

  • Oil Market Optimism Is Entirely Misplaced

    Published 25 June 2020 | viewed 66,734 times

    Optimism is supposedly back in oil markets, with the Global Research team at Bank of America lifting its oil price forecast for this year and…

  • Will The World’s Largest Oil Company Cut Its Dividend?

    Published 05 May 2020 | viewed 21,030 times

    It is becoming increasingly clear that the ongoing oil demand destruction, COVID-19 lockdowns and financial crisis are going to significantly impact Saudi Arabia. In a…

  • A Major Bull Run Is Forming In Oil Markets

    Published 03 May 2020 | viewed 237,357 times

    The oil market is facing an unprecedented crisis as COVID-19 causes demand destruction and OPEC+ has proven powerless to stop oil prices from crashing. But…

  • Why The Oil Industry Can No Longer Rely On China

    Published 25 April 2020 | viewed 104,016 times

    The global oil sector is reeling from a combination of negative oil prices, storage overload, demand destruction, and calls for a renewable energy revolution in…

  • The Oil Industry’s Recovery Lacks One Important Ingredient

    Published 18 April 2020 | viewed 153,802 times

    The growing global oil and gas glut, partly caused by the coronavirus global lockdown but also due to mismanagement of the US shale sector and…

  • OPEC’s Plan To Take Over The Global Oil Industry

    Published 05 April 2020 | viewed 180,396 times

    The first three months of 2020 have shocked the global energy market to its foundations. The toxic mix of coronavirus, a global economic recession, and…

  • The OPEC Meeting Could Send Oil Prices Crashing Below $10

    Published 03 April 2020 | viewed 419,604 times

    The current optimism of analysts and the media that an end to the ongoing OPEC+ oil price spat is near is entirely unjustified. The ongoing…

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