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Methodology and Specifications


Clearly defined and transparent methodologies are the backbone of Platts’ price assessment processes. Platts’ methodologies provide detailed descriptions and explanations of how we assess the market value of commodities so that customers and other interested parties understand those processes. In this section, we post documentation by commodity and region for all published price assessments and indices.

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Oil Methodologies

View the latest methodology & specifications guides for crude oil, refined oil products in Asia, Europe, & the Americas, freight, yields & netbacks, Russian domestic market, world gasoil indexes, as well as related methodology documentation.

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Natural Gas Methodologies

View the latest methodology & specifications guide’s for natural gas markets in North America, and Europe, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) assessments and netbacks, ICE Forward Curve, spark spread methodology and further methodology documentation.

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Electric Power Methodologies

View the latest methodology & specifications guide’s for electric power markets in North America, and Europe, European electricity assessments and indices, uranium, ICE Forward Curve, and US Renewable Energy Certificates,

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Coal Methodologies

View the latest methodology & specifications guide’s for global coal, metallurgical coal, spark spreads, as well as price code lists for Coal Trader and International Coal Trader.

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Shipping Methodologies

View the latest methodology & specifications guide’s for global shipping as well as price code lists for Bunkerwire, Clean Tankerwire, Dirty Tankerwire.

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Petrochemicals Methodologies

View the latest methodology & specifications guide’s for petrochemicals markets in Europe, Asia and the US, as well as price code lists for Platts petrochemicals’ reports.

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Metals Methodologies

View the latest methodology & specifications guide’s for global metals, iron ore, alumina, steel and ferrous scrap, metallurgical coal, and calcined petroleum coke.

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Agriculture Methodologies

View the latest methodology & specifications guide’s for biofuels, sugar, biofuels and gasoline components methodology, and Natural Rubber Index (RBX).

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