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

  • Next COQA Meeting- February 19, 2015 in Houston

    Dates: 19 Feb, 2015
    A reminder- The next COQA meeting is 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.  Advisory at 4:30 pm.  Executive to follow at 5:30 pm. 
    We also anticipate Crude-by-Rail discussion on Wednesday afternoon, 1:30- 4:30.

    Also, Baker Hughes is graciously providing a tour of their Woodlands Technology Center on Wednesday, February 18.  The bus leaves the hotel at 8:00 (sharp) returning by 1:30.  Attendance is limited, and there are still a few spots available.  If you are interested, contact Sutton immediately.

    Thursday, February 19 will be the general meetings.  

    Our agenda includes:
    • Dr. David Lord, Sandia National Labs, Department of Energy- the DOE work on flammability/ignitability of crude oil
    • Jason Nick, Ametek
    • Bureau Veritas- Hazardous Materials Shipping
    • Matthew Goitia, Peaker Energy
    • Dr. Bagawandoss,Intertek-" Sampling and Analysis- Vapor pressure measurements in light of the new NDIC rule and RP 3000"
    • Analytical Systems International KECO- H2S in crude analyses
    • Ashok Anand- Enbridge Quality Pooling Update
    • Dr. Dan Villalanti, Triton Analytics
    • Baker Hughes, "Crude Oil Quality Management in a Volatile Crude Price Marketplace"
    • CCQTA Update
    • more to come

    Ametek will be sponsoring a breakfast from 7am- 8am, so come early and make some new friends.  Analytical Systems International will be sponsoring the breaks.  Thanks to both of these companies!

     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, so book soon!

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  • Crude Oil: Sampling, Testing, and Evaluation

    Dates: 04 – 06 Mar, 2015
    This ASTM course is an  excellent opportunity for those wanting to learn detailed information on the sampling and testing of crude oils.  The 3 day course is taught by Harry Giles, Executive Director Emeritus of the Crude Oil Quality Association (COQA).

    These courses are offered periodically with the next one being March 4-6 in Houston.

    For more information, check out the ASTM web site.
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  • North American Crude Oil Transloading Forum

    Dates: 04 – 05 Mar, 2015
    EUCI is holding its North American Crude Oil Transloading Forum in Denver, March 4 & 5.  While not sponsored by the COQA, this may be of interest to our membership.

    You will notice a number of familiar names on the agenda:
    • Dennis Sutton, Executive Director of the COQA will be speaking on "Crude Oil, the Product-  Sampling, Assays, and Regulations".
    • Paula Watkins of API; James Rader of Watco Compliance Services; and Gary Weimer, Weimer Consulting, all of whom have recently provided presentations at COQA meetings, will also be on the agenda.

    For details and registration information, check out the EUCI web site.

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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

  • 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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