Energy Commodities Trading Software Launches on Hyperledger Fabric

Blockchain’s tech advances don’t fit naturally into the commodity trading, where brokers still rely on informal channels such as instant message to negotiate deals –  “and that’s not going to change”, the representative said.

A new software based on the Hyperledger Fabric blockchain was launched for commodities trading for the gas industry.

EnHelix Marketplace was unveiled at the Gastech energy conference in Singapore, company executives told CoinDesk.

The software streamlines commodities trading with applications supporting every step of the process – pre-trade KYC, trade execution and post-trade risk management – while automated systems and smart contracts make these energy trades faster and more organized for users.

“When you encapsulate commodity trades in blockchain smart contracts, you essentially increase the speed of your trading activities, avoid data reconciliations and messy data interfaces”, an EnHelix representative told CoinDesk.

These tools provide the flexibility and mobility they need.

Enhelix’s blockchain solutions for the oil and gas sector comprise three major systems, Marketplace, Logistics and  Settlement. Their Marketplace blockchain is for energy and commodity firms to transact “using smart contracts in order to reduce paperwork and reconciliation for post-trade and order operations;”

The EnHelix Logistics Blockchain was “created for midstream, cargo brokers, and logistics companies to streamline their scheduling, nomination, and billing operations” via distributed ledgers. The EnHelix Settlement Blockchain is a “fin-tech system for all oil and gas, energy, commodity businesses to process, audit, and track all payments and fees.”

The efficiencies by the Houston-based energy specialists have attracted interest from 50 industry players, the company said, including consulting firm Flexera Global.

David Olson, Flexera COO, who has followed the oil and gas technology markets throughout his career, told CoinDesk that these types of commodity transactions have “a lot of room for errors, omissions, and latency – not to mention nefarious activity”, that EnHelix’s blockchain system addresses.

“Where there are multiple parties, that require trust and verification on a secure, permanent record that eliminates double counting and provides one accurate record of ownership or transfer details – EnHelix delivers.”

EOS Maker Block.One Expands US Footprint With DC-Area HQ

Block.One, the software company behind the EOS blockchain, will expand its U.S. footprint with a new headquarters and a $10 million investment in Arlington County, Va.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced the plans on Monday, along with a $600,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund. EOS is the world’s seventh-largest blockchain by market capitalization, valued at more than $3 billion.

“Arlington’s proximity to Washington, D.C. allows us to continue building constructive business and government relationships as we provide insights for the application of blockchain-based technologies.” Block.One Chief Operating Officer Andrew Bliss said in a statement.

The company already has a Virginia presence with an 80-employee facility in Blacksburg, Va., approximately 250 miles away. Blacksburg is the home of CTO Dan Larimer and has served as the company’s HQ since inception.

The new facility will employ 170 people in professional and IT services and support the Blacksburg office in research and development.

Following a $4.1 billion initial coin offering in 2017, Block.One has made significant investments, including establishing offices in Hong Kong and Los Angeles.

In June, the company announced the launch of a social media platform, Voice, though details on its debut have since been sparse. Block.One has also been criticized for its handling of its treasury, including a June stock buyback and the conversion of its native tokens into bitcoin.

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