Platts Assesses Ex-Cushing Western Canadian Select at $70.78 per Barrel

Brings transparency to the US value of Canadian Oil as Seaway Takes Oil to Gulf

Houston - June 1, 2012

As announced May 9, 2012, Platts today expanded its offering of price assessments for Canadian crude oils with the launch of an assessment for Western Canadian Select, one of North America’s largest heavy crude oil streams, as injected free on board (FOB) at Cushing, Oklahoma, a major storage area and delivery point for key crude oil futures contracts.

The new daily price assessment, known as the Platts Ex-Cushing Western Canadian Select (WCS), was today assessed at $70.78 per barrel (/b) and a $13.00/b discount to the July calendar month average (CMA) of the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) light, sweet crude oil contract. The assessment reflects the end-of-day value as determined between buyer and seller in the open spot market. The assessment is published daily as an outright price and captures barrels to be lifted/injected one month out.

"The FOB Cushing WCS assessment is a daily spot assessment of Canadian crude at Cushing, where the reversed Seaway crude oil pipeline now originates. This assessment offers market players, including Canadian producers, an alternative to existing Canadian crude oil assessments," said Esa Ramasamy, editorial director, Americas oil market reporting, Platts. Platts is a leading global energy, petrochemicals and metals information provider and a foremost source of benchmark price references.

Cushing has increasingly attracted heightened market attention for varying reasons, including the fact that oil storage there reached a record 46.849 million barrels the week ending May 25 2012, according to the US Energy Information Administration. Cushing inventories have been building ahead of the directional flow reversal of the Enbridge/Enterprise Seaway pipeline, which on May 17 began transporting crude oil from Cushing to Freeport, Texas.

Platts’ decision to publish the new assessment followed consultation with a cross section of key market and industry participants.

The Platts Ex-Cushing WCS assessment expands and augments Platts’ existing suite of Canadian crude oil price references begun in 2003 with its first assessments of Canadian heavy sour crude oils and the addition in 2006 of WCS ex-Hardisty, Alberta, Canada. Platts was the first independent price reporting organization to launch a daily price assessment for oil from the Bakken shale formation stretching across central United States and parts of Canada in May 2010.

The ex-Cushing WCS assessments employ the Platts Market-on-Close (MOC) oil methodology, a structured, highly-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.

Platts’ full suite of Canadian crude oil assessments are published in Platts Global Alert, a real-time news service; and the publications Platts Crude Oil Marketwire, North American Crude Wire and Platts Oilgram Price Report.

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