About Us

Quantum Commodity Intelligence is an independent, majority employee-owned information provider headquartered in London and with representation in Dubai and Edinburgh.

Quantum is a price reporting agency that provides highly accurate, time-stamped cash commodity prices, news and data, for the crude oil, refined products and environmental markets.

Established in 2021, its founders have collectively more than 90 years of price-reporting experience in a range of markets as diverse as crude oil, refined products, petrochemicals, biofuels, agriculture, carbon, power, gas and renewable energy certificates.

Having held senior positions in Reuters, S&P Global Platts, IHS OPIS, Dow Jones Telerate and Dubai Mercantile Exchange, Quantum’s management team has unrivalled experience in overseeing key energy and environmental benchmarks.

 

Founders

Andy Allan - Andy has spent his 22-year career in the energy and environmental commodity markets, including nine years at S&P Global Platts where he managed its global LNG and European power, gas and petrochemical desks. Prior to that he managed Point Carbon's news and data business, leading to the sale to Thomson Reuters in 2010. He most recently founded Census Commodity Data – the biggest provider of agricultural cash price information and the first independent provider of renewable fuel certificates, now owned by Fastmarkets.

Paul Young - Paul is responsible for Quantum’s crude oil and refined product content for Asia and the Middle East. Paul has spent the majority of his 30-year career providing benchmarks for the world’s energy trading community. Prior to Quantum, Paul spent eight years as head of energy products at the Dubai Mercantile Exchange, overseeing growth in crude oil exchange contracts that ultimately were used to price Saudi crude oil. Prior to DME, Paul spent 15 years at S&P Global Platts, specialising in refining its methodology as well as heading up key news and assessment teams, including heading the oil desks in both London and Singapore. Paul started his career with Dow Jones, reporting on a broad range of financial markets before moving into the energy sector in 1993. He launched both European power and gas markets for Dow Jones.

Paddy Gourlay - Paddy is responsible for European crude oil and refined products. Prior to Quantum, Paddy was executive editor at Opis Europe where for a decade he spearheaded its coverage in refined oil products. Before Opis, Paddy was an energy reporter at Dow Jones, an environmental reporter at Point Carbon and was a fuel oil broker with Imarex in Norway. He began his career in the energy sector 20 years ago assessing fuel, crude and middle distillates at S&P Global Platts.

Sean Bartlett - Sean is responsible for Quantum's environmental content. Sean has over a decade of price reporting experience encompassing physical biofuels and certificates markets, gasoline components, grains and sugar. Prior to Quantum, Sean was most recently at Census/Fastmarkets and for 9 years prior to that worked at S&P Global Platts where he was the global sales specialist for agriculture after heading up the agriculture editorial team in London, with responsibility for biofuels, grains and sugar in both cases.

 

Our mission

The global energy system needs to change at an unprecedented pace if the world is to get close to meeting commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions made under the Paris Agreements in 2015.

At the same time, oil and its derivative products are likely to remain in widespread use around the world as zero carbon technologies mature and new environmental policies and markets emerge.

Science will drive the debate; but energy news, pricing and data will be at the forefront of decision making underpinning this transition.

Up until now, the cost of this information, particularly pricing, has been prohibitive for many stakeholders, ranging from tens of thousands to millions of dollars in annual subscription fees.

At Quantum, we believe industry-standard accurate data on cash commodity prices should be accessible and affordable to all. 

From crude oil and oil products, to renewable energy and related policy certificates, Quantum aims to join the dots between all points of the energy value chain to enable the transition to a greener, cleaner world and help our customers make better informed and ultimately more profitable decisions.

 

Our product

Quantum is a one-stop shop for spot and forward prices, news, data and analysis for key energy markets. Currently, Quantum provides data on crude oil and refined products, but will expand this to other markets soon.

Prices – more than 500 daily, accurate and reliable cash and forward prices delivered via our website, FTP and API with chart functionality via our online platform.

News – key news in real-time via our website and delivered to client inboxes daily via a customisable HTML newsletter.

Data – real time updates of fundamental data, such as production, consumption and trade, and future demand indicators, ranging from traffic congestion to airline travel. 

Analyser – a customisable analyser page for different commodities to enhance client trading and risk management capability, including the relative strength of products versus substitutes and feedstocks.

 

What is a price reporting agency?

Independent – PRA’s are subscription-based information businesses that work with, but are independent of, the markets that they serve.

Reliable – A good PRA produces a reliable, verifiable and daily price that clients use for trading, negotiation and risk-management purposes.

Trustworthy – PRAs that achieve benchmark status are governed by Iosco principles and need to adhere to EU Benchmark Regulations.