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BP And Shell’s Blockchain-Based Oil Trading Platform Goes Live

BP And Shell’s Blockchain-Based Oil Trading Platform Goes Live

 

A blockchain-based trading platform that could assist oil majors and trading firms to drastically reduce costs is now operational.

Known as Vakt, the platform which was created last year by a consortium consisting of Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell and British Petroleum (BP), went live on Wednesday, according to Reuters.

Other members of the consortium include global commodity trading firm Gunvor Group, Norwegian energy firm Equinor and energy trading firms Koch Supply and Trading Mercuria Energy Group. Financial institutions such as Societe Generale, ING and ABN Amro are also part of the consortium.

While the platform will initially digitize and centralize the paperwork generated by all the parties to a deal, a financing feature will be added when it is linked to Komgo, a financing platform that was unveiled earlier in the year.

Vakt is the logistical arm…Once a deal is executed through our book of records, it gets pushed through Vakt,” Eren Zekioglu, a senior executive at Gunvor Group, said. “The next leg is the financing and the link-up with komgo gives access to several banks.”

Initially, the Vakt platform will be restricted to contracts for five crude grades from the North Sea. Plans are afoot, however, to include oil products from northern Europe and the United States.

Vakt is not the only blockchain platform that has been developed for the oil sector in the recent past. In March this year, CCN reported that the energy industry had invested approximately US$300 million in developing blockchain applications.

Published: 30-11-2018

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