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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 New Orleans 2017, March 8-9th

    Dates: 08 – 09 Mar, 2017

    HIL_ExteriorThe venue has been set for the first 2017 meeting of the Crude Oil Quality Association, so please save the dates of March 8-9, 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 Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel. We look forward to seeing you there!

    General Registration
    Complimentary Registration
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    Our Preliminary Agenda includes presentations from:
    - LOOP (Recent LOOP Activities)
    - US Department of Energy (SPR Long Term Strategy)
    - Marathon Petroleum (GOM Crude Supply and Logistics)
    - HTRI (Preheat Train Monitoring, Fouling Management)
    - JP3 Measurement (Latest on NIR Measurements)
    - COQA (Review of Argus Americas Crude Summit)
    - CCQTA Projects Review
    and more to come!

    COQA's 2017 Summer Session will be held in June in St. Louis.



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  • COQA renews partnership in support of Argus Americas Crude Summit 2017

    Dates: 17 – 19 Jan, 2017

                                     Signature Banner - Crude 2017

    COQA is once again a supporting organization of the Argus Americas Crude Summit. The Summit will meet January 17-19 in Houston. Members are invited to attend at a discounted rate saving $200 on registration with discount code COQA. The program features prestigious keynotes, oil executives and a lineup of market experts and a strong number of networking opportunities.

    Find out more about this year's event

    RegisterUse code COQA and save $200



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News and Announcements

  • COQA and Opportunity Crudes Partner for Outstanding Week

    by Dennis Sutton | Nov 04, 2016

    For the first time ever, the Crude Oil Quality Association (COQA) and the Opportunity Crudes conference, sponsored by Hydrocarbon Publishing, collaborated on their meetings to provide a rich and relevant time in Houston, October 9-13. 

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    Both conferences were held at the Westin Oaks in Houston with the Opportunity Crudes conference holding a Sunday afternoon session followed by all day meetings on Monday and Tuesday.  Their presentations were grouped into five sessions including:

    • Global Oil Market Volatility- Impacts and Implications for Refiners
    • Insights and Unique Perspectives on Oil Trading & Exports/Impacts
    • Robust Blending Strategies & Use of Internet of Things (IoT)
    • Crude Management to Avoid Pitfalls of Changing Feedstocks
    • Technology Flexibility to Meet Shifting Product Slates

    The COQA activities were comprised of subcommittee meetings on Wednesday, October 12 followed by the regular general meetings on Thursday.  The WTI specifications subcommittee, led by Aaron Dillard,  has a great deal of interest and is currently working to establish a quality monitoring program similar to that in place in Canada.  After a very busy period from 2013-2016, the Crude by Rail subcommittee has concluded their efforts.  Some work is still in progress by other bodies, most notably the crude flammability/ignitability studies led by Dr. David Lord of Sandia National Laboratories, and work by API.

    Thursday’s meetings began with a keynote address provided by Rusty Braziel of RBN Energy.  Rusty’s talk focused on the turmoil currently seen in light crudes and condensates.  While US crude oil production is down about 1 million b/d since January 2015, the production per rig has continued to increase.  Abudi Zein of Clipper Data shared about current water borne crude movements and Hillary Stevenson of Genscape updated the attendees on the changing rail activities.  Though total US crude exports are essentially unchanged since lifting of the export ban, the destinations are now very different with Europe and Asia replacing some of the Canadian movements.

    An international flavor was provided as Duncan Baillie, of Lux Assure in Scotland, presented a technical discussion on the Onsite Analysis of Methanol and MEG in Produced Fluids and Frederick Stubbins of Intertek (UK) provided a talk on The Hydrocarbon Supply Chain: Assuring Quality.

    We are looking forward to the next COQA meeting in New Orleans in March 2017, featuring a Gulf of Mexico emphasis!


  • COQA renews partnership in support of Argus Americas Crude Summit 2017

    by George Lywood | Nov 04, 2016

    COQA is once again a supporting organization of the Argus Americas Crude Summit. The Summit will meet January 17-19 in Houston. Members are invited to attend at a discounted rate saving $200 on registration with discount code COQA. The program features prestigious keynotes, oil executives and a lineup of market experts and a strong number of networking opportunities.

    Find out more about this year's event

    RegisterUse code COQA and save $200

  • North America’s Crude Quality Experts Gather in Edmonton

    by Dennis Sutton | Aug 03, 2016
    Meeting Archives Here

    From June 7- 10, over 100 professionals gathered in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada for the 5th joint international meeting of the Canadian Crude Quality Technical Association (CCQTA) and the Crude Oil Quality Association (COQA).

    The activities kicked off Tuesday afternoon with 40 participants taking advantage of an optional 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.

    Wednesday and Thursday were filled with excellent presentations ranging from broader 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 more specific issues pertaining to the processing of partially upgraded bitumen, refinery pre-heat fouling, and spectroscopic and chromatographic analytical approaches to crude oil characterization.  Eric Vetters of ProCorr Consulting Services presented a nice overview talk on “Factors to Consider when Developing a Crude Quality Program” and the CCQTA shared updates on their on-going projects.

    Friday morning featured COQA subcommittee meetings, the most significant of which was the Domestic Sweet/ WTI subcommittee, headed by Aaron Dillard.  Work is progressing towards the creation and implementation of a standardized testing program for this very important mid-continent grade.
  • 2017 COQA Conference Locations

    by Bill Lywood | Aug 03, 2016

    Early 2017 COQA Meeting to be in New Orleans

    The first COQA meeting of 2017 will be in New Orleans, LA.  Dates: March 8-9. Venue: Hilton Riverside New Orleans.

    Mid 2017 COQA Meeting to be in St. Louis

    The COQA Board has selected St. Louis, MO for the site of the 2017 midyear meeting.  Dates and venue will be published when available.

  • Dennis Sutton Speaks for the Infineum Project "Trends"

    by George Lywood | Aug 03, 2016
    Below is a short video of Dennis speaking on the levels of light crude oils in US production for Infineum’s project Trends.

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