Crude Oil Quality Association



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Welcome to the Crude Oil Quality Association!

The Crude Oil Quality Association (COQA) is dedicated to the belief that maintaining the integrity and consistency of the refining characteristics of crude oil streams is of importance to all parties involved in crude oil activity, from production locations to the refinery.

To this end, we hold three meetings annually.  These meetings are open to the public and we welcome your attendance and involvement.

Upcoming Events

  • Argus Americas Crude Summit

    Dates: 27 – 29 Jan, 2015

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    The 7th annual Argus Americas Crude Summit returns to Houston January 27-29, 2015.  Once again, we are pleased to announce that COQA will be a supporting partner for the conference.  Thus, COQA members will receive a 20% registration discount.

    The conference will address key industry topics, including:
    •Production, policy and crude pricing trends
    •Opportunities for crude absorption
    •Bracing for change
    •New for 2015- Two tracks- one on crude transportation and logistics and the second track on Canadian and Latin American markets

    For complete information, check out the web site.

    Argus has created a special registration link for COQA members to register online at the 20% off rate.


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  • Next COQA Meeting- February 19, 2015 in Houston

    Dates: 19 Feb, 2015
    We are pleased to announce that the next COQA meeting will be on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at the newly remodeled  Marriott West Loop in Houston.  This is close to the famous Galleria Mall and the area's many dining choices.

    The  Advisory and Executive Board meetings will be on Wednesday evening, February 18.  We also anticipate Crude-by-Rail discussion on Wednesday afternoon.

    Thursday, February 19 will be the general meetings.  

    Our agenda includes:
    • Bureau Veritas- Hazardous Materials Shipping
    • Matthew Goitia, Peaker Energy
    • Intertek
    • Analytical Systems International KECO- H2S in crude analyses
    • more to come

    We still have opportunities for sponsors, particularly the breakfast.

    Our meetings are open to all- whether you are associated with one of our member companies or not!  The meeting fee is only $100, payable at the door by check, cash, or credit card or you can preregister by calling Dennis Sutton at 419-306-0375.

    Please make your lodging reservations with the hotel through the following link:

    Crude Oil Quality Association Booking Link

    It should be noted that the group rate of $189/night includes complimentary internet and discounted parking.  This rate is only available through February 4!

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  • Mid 2015 COQA Meeting to be in Minneapolis, MN

    Dates: 11 – 11 Jun, 2015
    We are pleased to announce that our mid-2015 COQA meeting will be June 11 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis, MN. 

    More details will be coming but mark your calendars.  If you are interested in presenting, or providing event sponsorship, please contact Dennis Sutton.
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News and Announcements

  • Peaker Energy received condensate export ruling in 2013

    by Dennis Sutton | Nov 20, 2014
    Platts recently reported (14 Nov 2014) on Peaker Energy having received legal backing from the Department of Commerce to export processed condensate in September 2013, about 9 months before Pioneer Natural Resources and Enterprise Products Partners received their approvals.  Matthew Goitia, Peaker Energy CEO, stated that “we were the first”, but declined to comment on whether they had exported any condensate.  He stated that their ruling was similar to those received by Pioneer and Enterprise.  Mr. Goitia heads the COQA Crude-by-Rail subcommittee and recently spoke at the 2014 Opportunity Crudes Conference in Houston on a Comparison of Condensate Splitters vs. Pre-flash Towers.
  • Joint COQA/CCQTA Meeting Draws 125

    by Dennis Sutton | Oct 30, 2014
    The recently concluded joint COQA/CCQTA international meetings in San Francisco, October 30 & 31 drew over 125 attendees from throughout North America!

    The two day conference featured general industry overviews highlighting the on-going changes brought about by the growth in shale play crude, as well as more technical presentations.  After introductory discussions by Dennis Sutton (COQA), and Gerald Bruce (CCQTA) about their respective organizations, Martin Tallett kicked off the program with a presentation on "North American Crude Supply and Logistics".  The Thursday afternoon session focused on light, tight oil and crude-by-rail, and included an update on API's Recommended Practice 3000 (RP3000). 

    Friday morning shifted to activities North of the Border as the Canadian Crude Quality Technical Association (CCQTA) addressed their many on-going industry projects, including recent work with detailed chromatographic analyses on the light oils.

    Friday afternoon featured an overview of current refining challenges provided by Jim Johnson of Marathon Petroleum, the US's 3rd largest refiner.  Three talks addressed specific analytical applications, with Scott Sederberg of Chevron concluding the conference by looking at historical game changers in crude oil production.

    Details can be found under the Meeting Archives section.  
  • Turner Mason's Turning Point Blog Features Crude Oil Quality

    by Dennis Sutton | Sep 30, 2014
    John Auers' Turning Point Blog featured a 2 part series on crude oil quality.  John's blog, which runs weekly, covers industry topics related particularly to refining, marketing, logistics, and future outlooks.

    The first of the two part series, titled "What's Quality Got to Do with It" provides a general overview of crude quality.  The second part, highlights specific crude quality issues.

    Part one is available at

    Part 2 is available at



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