A tailor-made market intelligence platform for crude traders

Sparta for Crude is tailor-made to meet the needs of crude traders, giving you easy access to actionable, real-time market intelligence. We provide specific insights and tools that crude market participants need under one platform to trade with conviction and capture opportunities first.


Access to global insights

Sparta enables all crude oil market participants, oil majors, producers, refiners, NOCs, traders, banks and hedge funds to access global market intelligence and actionable insights for the world’s largest commodity with the biggest and most complex trade flows.


Speed to market

Crude markets move fast, which means you need to seize trading opportunities when they arise. By sourcing, processing and analysing market data for you, Sparta eliminates time-consuming data management, allowing you to capture market opportunities as soon as they arise.


High-quality data

We give you information you can trust as well as at speed. Sparta sources and cleans high-quality crude data from world-leading brokerages and data houses for you, so you always have reliable insights on demand.

Built to meet the needs of crude traders

Trade the crude market with clarity and conviction

Seizing time-sensitive opportunities is crucial for success. Crude traders must quickly capitalise on fluctuations caused by geopolitical events, seasonal demand changes, and market regulatory shifts. However, traders face challenges such as sifting through irrelevant data, the need for tools tailored to the specific products they trade, and a tendency to be overly-dependent on historical data. These issues result in slow-to-market response times and missed opportunities.

Unparalleled, real-time intelligence for the crude market

Sparta’s physical crude market information, combined with industry-leading refining margins and dirty freight models, delivers live, forward-looking insight into pricing across dozens of crudes and how that impacts the global crude oil market. This enables you to instantly compare cross-crude and cross-regional crude valuations enabling you to trade with conviction.

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Powerful features to trade crude with conviction

The Sparta crude platform is your purpose-built tool to unlock data insights, access expert analytics, and test your trading hypotheses. Our features and solutions enable crude traders to identify and seize more trading opportunities.

Real-time access to global pricing

Live Curves gives you real-time global pricing information no matter where you are in the world, including futures, swaps, physical and freight. Access real-time prices for the futures market, while access to historical forward prices allows you to compare, contrast and analyse historical seasonal pricing trends to identify new patterns and opportunities. Access pricing information from anywhere in the world via a web browser, Sparta’s mobile iOS application, or Excel.

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Up-to-date and reliable freight rates

Sparta’s Dirty Freight Calculator delivers instant access to reliable prompt and forward freight rates for over 450 global routes across vessel classes. By using spot market assessments in combination with historical data and extrapolation, we provide immediate access to current market-assessed prices while also providing insight into what the forward market may look like. Sparta is the only provider to offer 12 months’ insight into the forward market, helping you to negotiate better freight rates by aligning shipping costs with market trends.

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Live arbitrage calculations

Sparta Global ARBs lets you gain strategic insights into crude market trends to anticipate global trade flows. Access real-time insights to analyse how arbitrage opportunities evolve over time so you capture tradeable opportunities before your competition. Our forward-looking perspective on physical commodity flows enables you to anticipate market movements and trade with conviction.

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Instantly compare grades across regions

Sparta’s Forward Refined Margins enables you to instantly determine the best crude for each refinery type and anticipate global trade flows by comparing the GPWs of different grades across regions – all in real time. We give you accurate GPW calculations across a range of representative refinery regions and setup types to provide a global picture of relative crude GPW values.

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Sparta for Excel: Sparta's forward pricing live in Excel

Gain real-time access to all global pricing information for swaps, futures, physical premiums, and freight directly in Excel. Our Excel add-in enables you to export portfolios and products directly to Excel from Sparta’s Live Curves with just a few clicks. Empowering you to perform in-depth analyses, create dynamic charts, and implement bespoke trading models effortlessly. The Sparta for Excel add-in is directly available from the Microsoft Store, ensuring a secure and seamless installation.

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Speak with our crude expert

Neil Crosby

Neil Crosby

Commodity Owner


Neil Crosby is an experienced energy market and commodity analyst, specialising in crude oil, oil products, biofuels, and carbon. With roles at OilX and JBC Energy, he has extensive expertise in global oil industry analysis, forecasting tools, bespoke research, and client communication. His focus on refining and petrochemicals underscores his specialisation.

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“You can definitely tell Sparta was designed with the Trader and Analyst workflow in mind.”

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“This is impressive. I haven’t seen anything like this before.”

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“I stopped updating my Excel sheet 4 months ago.”

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“I’ve not run a manual blend in months.”

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