Platts To Add Ekofisk Crude to World's North Sea Brent Oil Benchmark



    NEW YORK, April 19 /CNW/ -- Platts, the world's leading energy
information provider and a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE:   MHP),
today said it will add North Sea crude oil Ekofisk to Dated Brent, the world's
premier oil benchmark. Dated Brent is used in spot and long-term contracts to
value as much as 60% of the 85 million barrels of crude oil produced in global
oil markets each day.
    Platts currently determines the Dated Brent assessment by tracking the
most competitive of Brent, Forties and Oseberg crudes produced in the North
Sea. Platts will include Ekofisk among those crude grades used to assess Dated
Brent as of June 8, 2007. Also from the same date, Platts will start assessing
the 21-day Brent instrument, taking into consideration only those bids and
offers that include Brent, Forties, Oseberg and Ekofisk as potential delivered
crude oils in the contract. The 21-day Brent instrument provides value to the
Brent financially-settled futures contract.
    "In a world of declining crude oil production in mature fields, the
addition of Ekofisk to the Brent assessment will enhance the integrity of one
of the world's most important tools for establishing the true value of oil in
global markets," said Jorge Montepeque, Platts' Global Director of Markets.
"The world needs solid and robust benchmarks and Brent is the most important
barometer of fundamental crude oil value in the world."
    Platts conducted an extensive period of review and analysis and reached
the conclusion that additional volumes of crude oil needed to be factored into
the assessment mechanism to maintain the reliability of the Dated Brent
benchmark. The addition of Ekofisk boosts the number of cargoes available for
the assessment process from less than 50 to more than 70 cargoes per month, or
around 45 million barrels per month.

    
    About Platts
    
    Platts, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE:   MHP), is a leading
global provider of energy and metals information and a top supplier of
benchmark prices in the physical markets. With nearly a century of business
experience, Platts serves customers across more than 150 countries. From 14
offices worldwide, Platts serves the oil, natural gas, electricity, nuclear
power, coal, petrochemical and metals markets. Platts' real time news,
pricing, analytical services, and conferences help markets operate with
transparency and efficiency. Traders, risk managers, analysts, and industry
leaders depend upon Platts to help them make better trading and investment
decisions. Additional information is available at http://www.platts.com.

    
    About The McGraw-Hill Companies:
    
    Founded in 1888, The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE:    MHP) is a leading
global information services provider meeting worldwide needs in the financial
services, education and business information markets through leading brands
such as Standard & Poor's, McGraw-Hill Education, BusinessWeek and J.D. Power
and Associates. The Corporation has more than 280 offices in 40 countries.
Sales in 2006 were $6.3 billion. Additional information is available at
http://www.mcgraw-hill.com.





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For further information: Kathleen Tanzy Platts +1-212-904-2860 
kathleen_tanzy@platts.com Europe: Dan Tanz Dan_tanz@platts.com +44 20 7176 
6170 Asia: John Ho John_ho@platts.com + 65 65306595 Web Site:
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