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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

  • COQA Long Beach, October 4-5, 2017

    Dates: 04 – 05 Oct, 2017
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    The venue has been set for the final 2017 meeting of the Crude Oil Quality Association, so please save the dates of October 4-5, 2017. We plan to have the same format as usual, with subcommittee and board meetings on Wednesday after lunch, and a full day program on the Thursday. We look forward to sharing more information in the future, especially as the agenda comes together. Our host will be the actual Queen Mary. We look forward to seeing you there!

    Preliminary Agenda includes presentations from:

    Joe Leto, Energy Analysts International/CrudeHub
    Martin Tallett, EnSys Energy
    Ryan Eggers, California Energy Commission
    Waynn Morgan, Baker Hughes
    Kevin Ritz, PAC
    Randy Segato, Suncor/CCQTA

    General Registration ($100 in advance of Sept 27th, $125 at the door by credit card only)

    Complimentary Registration (for corporate sponsor reps, COQA Long Beach event sponsor reps, speakers, press)

    COQA Hotel Block: Guestroom Booking Link
    *note: the system will show charges of $16.95/night for the Facility Fee, but the actual charge will be $9.95/night for COQA registrants

    Guestroom Reservations can also be made by telephone at: 1 (877) 342-0742

    Find Links HERE (.pdf) For:
    - Local Transportation Info and Options
    - Shipping Information 
    - Queen Mary Information, Events, Directions, etc.
    - Long Beach Dining Options


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  • COQA San Antonio, February 21-22, 2018

    Dates: 21 – 22 Feb, 2018

    Dates for our first COQA meeting of 2018 have been set, so mark your calendars and join us in San Antonio on Wednesday February 21st and Thursday February 22nd. The format will be the same as we usually follow with subcommittee discussion, Advisory and Executive Board meetings on Wednesday (Feb 21), followed by the general meetings and speakers on Thursday (Feb 22), beginning with breakfast at 7:00 am.

    Our event will take place at the Menger Hotel, the most historic hotel in San Antonio, situated on the same block as the Alamo.


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  • COQA renews partnership in support of Argus Americas Crude Summit 2018

    Dates: 16 – 18 Jan, 2018

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    COQA is once again a supporting organization of the Argus Americas Crude Summit. The Summit will meet January 16-18, 2018 in Houston. The Summit will "bring you unmatched insight on the future of the global crude markets and networking with senior executives from across the entire supply chain including oil majors, refiners, midstream and infrastructure organizations, financial institutions and many others."  

    SAVE $200 when registering by using the promo code: COQA18

    Information: HERE

    Registration: HERE



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News and Announcements

  • Turning Point Blog Highlights WTI/Domestic Sweet Quality Monitoring Work

    by Dennis Sutton | Jun 21, 2017

    For many years, the Crude Oil Quality Association (COQA) has been working to develop more comprehensive specifications for WTI and provide greater transparency in the communication of the quality characteristics of WTI and domestic sweet.

    The June 20 Turning Point blog, titled “I Can See Clearly Now- WTI Quality Characteristics Now Available!”, published by Turner, Mason & Company, features a summary of this work and the path forward. It can be accessed HERE.

    Both historical and current quality data are now available on the new web site, www.crudemonitor.us. Data for all of the COQA recommended specs, including API gravity, sulfur, metals (nickel and vanadium), TAN, and three boiling range parameters from HTSD can be viewed. While improvements in the reporting continue, the format, familiar to many from evaluating Canadian crudes on www.crudemonitor.ca, provides both tabular and graphical presentations of this valuable information. 

  • 2016 Year in Review

    by Dennis Sutton | Jan 10, 2017

    While 2016 was a challenging year for many in the oil industry with continuing low crude oil prices resulting in job cutbacks for some companies and reduced travel budgets for many, the Crude Oil Quality Association (COQA) had a strong year, hosting three significant meetings.  Whereas 2014 and 2015 were dominated by issues related to the quality of the light tight oils, and in particular movement of these materials by rail, 2016 saw increasing focus on the quality of WTI - concerns over asphaltene precipitation, a renewed interest in developing specifications for WTI and a need for more transparent communication of WTI quality. The COQA is enriched by the contributions of each and every speaker, committee chair and committee participant. Thank you all for making the COQA a success.

    The March meeting was held at the historic Menger Hotel in San Antonio with over 130 in attendance.  Dr. Bagawandoss provided an update on 49 CFR 173.41 regarding regulations pertaining to the transportation of crude by rail as well as truck and barge, Ashok Anand updated the group on Enbridge’s data on WTI quality at Cushing, and Dr. Irv Wiehe shared an overview of crude oil compatibility advancing the discussions on the COQA project on this topic.

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    The June meeting in Edmonton was our 5th joint international meeting with the Canadian Crude Quality Technical Association (CCQTA).  The activities included about 40 participants taking advantage of a tour of three of the area’s top industry related facilities –  the Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Center, Kinder Morgan’s new rail facility, and Suncor’s Edmonton refinery. Two full days of technical presentations were highlighted by topics such as “The Outlook for Canadian Oil Sands” and “Can Canadian Heavy Barrels Compete in the Gulf?”; to midstream issues regarding transportation of hazardous goods and compliance with the new DOT regulations; to a nice overview talk by Dr. Eric Vetters on “Factors to Consider when Developing a Crude Quality Program”.  In consideration of the wildfires in Ft. MacMurray, a gift was made to the Red Cross and their support efforts.

    For the Fall meeting in Houston, for the first time , the COQA and Hydrocarbon Publishing’s  Opportunity Crudes conference  collaborated on their meetings to provide a rich and relevant time.  The WTI specifications subcommittee, led by Aaron Dillard, was of great interest to many and is currently establishing a quality monitoring program.  After a very busy period the past few years, the Crude by Rail subcommittee has concluded their efforts.  Some work is still in progress, most notably the crude flammability/ignitability studies led by Dr. David Lord of Sandia National Laboratories.  We will look forward to updates on this work in 2017.

    Organizationally, 2016 was a successful year.  As a not-for-profit organization, we are in a sound financial position and added six new corporate members including L-K Industries, Silverpeak Strategic Partners, Cenovus, Dorf Ketal, GE Water & Process Technologies, and Infineum.   In their annual Trends publication, Infineum featured the COQA in an interview with Executive Director, Dennis Sutton.
                                                     

    Two books, published in 2016 that may be of particular interest include:

    • Rusty Braziel’s “The Domino Effect”, describing the cascading events that have profoundly transformed energy markets, and
    • Harry Giles’ special ASTM issue on “Crude Oil Analysis: History and Development of Test Methods From 1854 to 2016.

    In 2017 the COQA will continue to provide an informative opportunity for discussion, information sharing and action on current and relevant crude oil quality issues. Thank you for your past participation as we look forward to an enlightened 2017.

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