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, specifically:
- Pico Canyon North Los Angeles 1876
- Spindletop Texas 1901
- Saudi Arabia Damman #7 1938
- Alaska North Slope 1978
- US Tight Oil 2010+
Our next joint international meeting will be in 2016 in Canada. See you there!