TMX Group Develops Blockchain Prototype for Energy Business

May 24, 2017

May 24, 2017 (TORONTO) - TMX Group today announced the development of a blockchain-based prototype to power a new service offering from Natural Gas Exchange (NGX), a wholly-owned subsidiary of TMX Group and leading North American energy exchange.

NGX collaborated with Nuco Inc. (Nuco), a digital infrastructure provider, to build a new system using Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) to improve the tracking of natural gas flows at delivery locations in the United States. The prototype is designed to optimize the NGX natural gas settlement process for clients by providing a transparent view of gas movements across locations and enabling participants to more accurately report their positions. The NGX use case for the prototype also has the potential to enhance delivery and payment processing, mitigate the risk of, and expedite remediation of, supply shortfalls, and provide secure transactional data.

"NGX is committed to seeking out new ways to improve the client experience throughout the transaction delivery and settlement process, from production to end user, to drive growth in our business," said Steve Lappin, President and CEO, NGX. "This exciting new prototype is designed to more accurately and efficiently track activity and provide clients with valuable analytics on natural gas movements, while preserving the confidentiality and integrity of the data."

"TMX's digital strategy forges on in pursuit of tangible business applications for emerging technologies across our diverse enterprise," said John Lee, Vice-President, Innovation and Enterprise Delivery, TMX Group. "We gained valuable experience working with Nuco to leverage their DLT capabilities in deploying a customized solution for NGX's business. The ability to efficiently develop and produce innovative prototypes will prove to be a differentiator for TMX as we strive to deliver new, transformative solutions for our clients."

Nuco's CEO Matthew Spoke believes this is a great step forward for Nuco. "As the leading provider of blockchain technology in Canada, Nuco is proud to work with the TMX Group in implementing their digital strategy and to create the foundation of a new digital economy in Canada and around the world."


About TMX Group (TSX: X)

TMX Group's key subsidiaries operate cash and derivative markets and clearinghouses for multiple asset classes including equities, fixed income and energy. Toronto Stock Exchange, TSX Venture Exchange, TSX Alpha Exchange, The Canadian Depository for Securities, Montréal Exchange, Canadian Derivatives Clearing Corporation, NGX, Shorcan, Shorcan Energy Brokers, AgriClear and other TMX Group companies provide listing markets, trading markets, clearing facilities, depository services, data products and other services to the global financial community. TMX Group is headquartered in Toronto and operates offices across Canada (Montréal, Calgary and Vancouver), in key U.S. markets (New York, Houston) as well as in London, Beijing and Singapore. For more information about TMX Group, visit our website at Follow TMX Group on Twitter: @TMXGroup.

About Nuco Inc.

Nuco is an industry leading digital infrastructure provider, specializing in the development and deployment of custom blockchain networks. Nuco's platform allows enterprise clients to seamlessly set up private blockchains tailored to their specific use case and requirements, choosing between multiple consensus mechanisms, performance optimizations and legacy integrations. Nuco brings blockchain systems to production level performance, unlocking the full potential of the architecture to large organizations: decentralized trust, frictionless integration and encryption at an individual interaction level. For more information about Nuco, please visit or follow Nuco on Twitter: @nucoFuture.


For more information please contact:

Shane Quinn 
Senior Manager, Communications and Public Affairs
TMX Group 

Kesem Frank