OPIS Successfully Completes Benchmark Assurance Review for Natural Gas, Natural Gas Liquids, Refined and Renewable Products

Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) by IHS Markit (Nasdaq: INFO), an internationally-referenced price reporting agency serving the oil, natural gas and biofuels industries, today announced it has completed the sixth annual independent assurance review of its price assessment fuel prices. Under voluntary Principles for Oil Price Reporting Agencies (PRAs) set forth by the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), OPIS spot price discovery procedures and policies undergo an annual independent assurance review. The review includes U.S.

Natural Gas, U.S. Natural Gas Liquids, U.S. West Coast Refined Spots, U.S.

Midwest Refined Spots, Asia LPG, Europe Distillates, Europe LPG and U.S. Renewables methodologies. The 2018 report includes the response by OPIS to the IOSCO Principles describing its policies, processes and control activities and governing its assessment of in-scope oil and non-oil benchmarks.

The report includes the findings of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), who independently reviewed the response. OPIS has now brought further exchange-referenced and industry-endorsed refined products benchmarks into scope, including:

  • U.S. Natural Gas
  • Biomass Based Diesel D4 RINs
  • Midwest U.S.

    Refined Products – Chicago CBOB, Chicago ULSD

These new in-scope market assessments demonstrate the OPIS commitment to provide increased price transparency in the downstream energy market. “The significant expansion of our IOSCO adherence assurance review demonstrates our commitment to quality price assessment and benchmark administration,” said Linda Herbert, chief operating officer for OPIS. “Now in our sixth year of assurance, OPIS is proud of its objectivity, transparency and fairness. This report also highlights our expanding offering of exchange-traded and industry-referenced U.S.

Renewable Identification Number (RIN) pricing as well as our growing benchmark business in the Midwest U.S. refined product and U.S. natural gas markets.” IOSCO finalized its Principles for Oil Reporting Agencies in October 2012, governing the quality, integrity and customer response policies of oil commodity spot market coverage. The IOSCO Principles for Oil Price Reporting Agencies are available here (https://www.iosco.org/library/pubdocs/pdf/IOSCOPD391.pdf)

Details of OPIS’s spot methodologies including the OPIS Spot Price Customer Bill of Rights and OPIS adherence to the IOSCO Principles can be found here (https://www.opisnet.com/about/methodology).

The full OPIS report including the annual independent assurance review is here:(https://notices.opisnet.com/IOSCO)

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