Platts Begins Publishing Price Assessments for Five West African Crude Oil Grades Launch Expands Platts Suite of West African Crude Oil Assessment to 17 Grades

LONDON, Aug. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Platts, a leading global energy, petrochemicals and metals information provider and top source of benchmark price references, has begun publishing daily price assessments for five West African grades of crude oil. The new price assessments, launched on August 1, provide end-of-day values on the open spot market for two Nigerian grades, two Angolan grades and one grade of crude oil produced in the Republic of Congo. With the launch of these new assessments, Platts now publishes a total of 17 daily price assessments for crude oil produced in western Africa.

"These new assessments mark a major expansion of Platts' coverage of the West African crude oil market and bring a new level of transparency to this burgeoning supply source," said Andrew Bonnington, editorial director, European & African oil, Platts.

The Nigerian assessments are for two sweet crudes – Akpo and Bonga. Akpo is a light, sweet crude similar in specification to Nigeria's Agbami. It is produced at a rate of approximately 160,000 barrels per day (b/d) from a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit offshore Nigeria operated by Total. Bonga is a medium, sweet crude, with a similar daily volume to Akpo, but produced by a Shell-operated offshore FPSO.

Angola's Pazflor and Plutonio crude oils are now also being assessed by Platts on a daily basis. Pazflor is a heavy, sweet crude with a current production rate of around 200,000 b/d. Its FPSO, which is operated by Total, is located offshore Angola and is fed by one of the larger fields in Angola. Plutonio is a medium, sweet crude with a daily production volume similar to that of Pazflor. Its FPSO is operated by BP and also located offshore Angola.

Platts' fifth new assessment provides a daily value for Djeno crude oil produced in the Republic of Congo. Djeno is a heavy-sweet crude produced onshore at the rate of 160,000 b/d. Operated by Total, the Djeno terminal can accommodate very large crude carrier vessels.

The August 1 prices of the new five West African crude oil grades are as follows:

Crude Oil Grade

Outright Price ($/b)

Price Differential* ($/b)

Akpo

109.42-109.45  

0.64/0.66      

Bonga

111.87-111.90  

3.09/3.11      

Pazflor

107.85-107.89  

-1.01/-0.99    

Plutonio

108.60-108.64  

-0.26/-0.24    

Djeno

106.17-106.20  

-2.61/-2.59    

*The new Nigerian and Congolese grades are priced as a differential to Platts West African Dated Brent Strip, and the new Angolan crudes are priced as a differential to Platts Angolan Dated Brent Strip.

Platts' previous West African price assessments provide values for six Nigerian crudes – Agbami, Bonny Light, Brass River, Escravos, Forcados and Quao Iboe – and six Angolan grades: Cabinda, Nemba, Dalia, Girassol, Hungo, Kissanje.

Platts crude oil price assessments are all developed using its Market-on-Close (MOC) methodology, a highly-structured, transparent price assessment process based on the principle that price is a function of time. The MOC process in oil identifies bid, offer and transaction data by company of origin and results in a time-sensitive, end-of-trading-day daily price assessment. For more information on the methodology and quality-control guidelines, visit the methodology and specifications page of the Platts website.

The assessments are published in numerous Platts publications including Platts Global Alert, a real-time news service; Platts Market Data - Oil, a data delivery service; and the publications Platts Crude Oil Marketwire and Platts Oilgram Price Report. For more information on crude oil, visit the Platts website at www.platts.com

About Platts: Founded in 1909, Platts is a leading global provider of energy, petrochemicals, metals and agriculture information and a premier source of benchmark prices for the physical and futures markets.  Platts' news, pricing, analytics, commentary and conferences help customers make better-informed trading and business decisions and help the markets operate with greater transparency and efficiency.  Customers in more than 150 countries benefit from Platts' coverage of the biofuels, carbon emissions, coalelectricityoil, natural gasmetalsnuclear powerpetrochemical, shipping and sugar markets.  A division of McGraw Hill Financial (NYSE: MHFI), Platts is headquartered in New York with approximately 900 employees in more than 15 offices worldwide. Additional information is available at http://www.platts.com.

About McGraw Hill Financial: McGraw Hill Financial is a leading financial intelligence company providing the global capital and commodity markets with independent benchmarks, credit ratings, portfolio and enterprise risk solutions, and analytics. The Company's iconic brands include: Standard & Poor's Ratings Services, S&P Capital IQ, S&P Dow Jones Indices, Platts, CRISIL, J.D. Power, and McGraw Hill Construction. The Company has approximately 17,000 employees in 27 countries. Additional information is available at www.mhfi.com.

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