ICE announces launch of real-time physical crude pricing from Link Data Services
Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE:ICE) today announced the launch of real-time physical crude pricing from Link Data Services, in cooperation with Link Crude Resources, bringing additional transparency to the North American crude market.
Today ICE has launched live calculations of the volume weighted average price for 12 grades of oil traded in the Permian; Cushing, Oklahoma; Houston and Louisiana Gulf Coast, including WTI in Midland and Houston. Link real-time pricing is available via WebICE from today, October 24, 2022, and on ICE Connect soon after.
“ICE has always been focused on bringing transparency to energy markets,” said Jeff Barbuto, Global Head of Oil Markets at ICE. “Link are one of the most active brokers of North American physical crude with unique insight into the U.S. Gulf Coast physical crude oil market. Pricing for crude oil on the water in the Gulf Coast has never been more relevant to global oil markets. We’re excited to work with Link and other industry participants to bring new transparency to the market.”
“Since its inception, Link’s goal has been to provide market participants with reliable price transparency for the physical crude market,” said Scott Nelson, Commercial Director at Link Data. “With the expansion of the Brent complex to include Midland WTI, the demand for streaming North American crude pricing data has become truly global. Utilizing ICE’s global energy network, this real-time transaction information and pricing data will reach a wider and more diverse segment of the energy industry than ever before. This increased transparency, particularly as other brokers join this initiative, will further add to the utility of these instruments for the global trading community.”
The agreement with Link further establishes ICE within the Gulf Coast. One of the crude grades assessed by Link Data is WTI at the Magellan East Houston terminal (also referred to as MEH-WTI). In January 2022, ICE’s Midland WTI American Gulf Coast futures contract (HOU) began trading, having been created with Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. (NYSE: MMP) and Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (NYSE: EPD) to establish a benchmark for pricing Midland quality WTI on the Gulf Coast.
Underpinned by over 4 million barrels per day of supply capacity from Midland into Houston and deliverable at the Magellan East Houston (MEH) and Enterprise Crude Houston (ECHO) terminals, the HOU contract is attracting liquidity as buyers and sellers in the Houston market start to price their barrels off HOU.