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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 San Antonio, February 21-22, 2018

    Dates: 21 – 22 Feb, 2018

    Venue
    Menger Hotel (address: 204 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205)

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    Registration
    Advance Registration is now closed. Registration will be by any major credit card for $125 at the door.

    Complimentary Registration Form (for COQA annual corporate members, event sponsors, press, retirees)

    Accommodations
    Please join us in the COQA room block at the Menger Hotel. The cut-off date was February 5th. Rooms are now subject to availability. Please call the hotel if you need to inquire about rooms in our block.

    Agenda
    Wednesday February 21, 2018 (note: closed to press)
    2:30pm: Domestic Sweet Monitoring Program Subcommittee Meeting
         *all conference registrants welcome to attend*
         Snacks and refreshments will be provided thanks to:
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    4:00pm: Steering Committee Meeting
         *representatives of corporate member companies only*
    5:00pm: Executive Board Meeting
    5:30pm: A Reception will be held at Mad Dogs British Pub Riverwalk on Feb 21st beginning at 5:30pm. All conference attendees and guests are encouraged to attend. The event is presented by
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    Thursday February 22, 2018  Link:  San Antonio 2018 COQA Agenda (.pdf)


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  • ASTM “Crude Oil: Sampling, Testing, and Evaluation” February 19-21, 2018

    Dates: 19 – 21 Feb, 2018

    ASTM will be offering their popular 3 day training course “Crude Oil: Sampling, Testing, and Evaluation” February 19-21 in San Antonio, TX in conjunction with the COQA meetings Feb 21 & 22. The course, taught by COQA Executive Director Emeritus, Harry Giles, provides an understanding of crude oil analytical measurement, composition and classification; sampling; inspection, assays and test methods; and much more.

    Participants in the ASTM course will be given complimentary attendance at the COQA meeting, providing an outstanding opportunity for learning and networking with North America’s leaders in the field of crude oil quality.

    Registration for the ASTM course is available at https://www.astm.org/TRAIN/filtrexx40.cgi?-P+ID+51+traindetail.frm.



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  • COQA-CCQTA Denver 2018, May 22-24

    Dates: 22 – 24 May, 2018

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    Save the Date! We are excited to announce the joint COQA-CCQTA meeting will be held in Colorado from May 22nd-24th, 2018, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Downtown Denver. Mark your calendars and plan to join your colleagues for subcommittee sessions and two days of highly relevant and informative presentations.

    Tuesday, May 22nd:  Subcommittee Sessions and Board Meetings
    Wednesday, May 23rd: General Meetings and Speakers (all day)
    Thursday, May 24th: General Meetings and Speakers (all day)

    Agenda, Registration, and Accommodation information is forthcoming.
     
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  • COQA Houston/Sugar Land, October 24-25th, 2018

    Dates: 24 – 25 Oct, 2018
    sugar landCOQA is once again holding its Houston fall conference in conjunction with the Opportunity Crudes Conference for a full week of interesting meetings, presentations, and networking. Save the date and plan to join us!

    Our venue will be the Marriott Sugar Land Town Square (16090 City Walk, Sugar Land, TX 77479). Links for registration, accommodations, and other information are forthcoming.



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News and Announcements

  • Amendments Announced to the Light Sweet Crude Oil Futures Contract Specifications

    by Dennis Sutton | Jan 04, 2018

    The Crude Oil Quality Association (“COQA”) is pleased to recognize that CME Group has published a Special Executive Report announcing changes regarding the quality specifications of Light Sweet Crude as defined in their Futures contracts. Their report is accompanied by a Q & A section that provides additional detail. The COQA has been a key resource to CME Group in developing these specifications by providing open forum meetings and the data portal crudemonitor.us.

    The amended specifications add five additional parameters in characterizing West Texas Intermediate (WTI)/ Domestic Sweet crude oil.  These parameters address:

    • Distillation characteristics
    • Vanadium content
    • Nickel content
    • Total Acid Number (TAN), and
    • Micro carbon residue content
    Full Press Release (.pdf)
  • 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. 

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