Houston, TX. September 17, 2014.
The 4th Opportunity Crudes Conference was held September 14-16 at the Westin Oaks Hotel in Houston, TX. The conference, hosted by Tom Yeung and Hydrocarbon Publishing Company, was well attended with over 140 coming from all parts of the globe to participate in this 2 1/2 day event. The theme of the conference was Downstream Meets Upstream: Right Crudes to Make Products in Demand
The conference assembled over 30 internationally renowned technology experts and business strategists to speak in four focused sessions. The sessions were:
- Outlooks of Global Crude Markets & Supply Logistics
- Interworking of Crude Quality Analyses, Assay Management & Blending
- Latest Developments in Resid Upgrading and Tight Oil Processing
- Technologies and Strategies of Increasing Fuel and Petrochemical Yields
The Crude Oil Quality Association (COQA) served as a promotional partner for this event. Dennis Sutton, COQA Executive Director, served as chairman for the event. In addition, Bill Lywood, member of the COQA Executive Board, provided a talk on Finding the "Quality Crudes", and Matthew Goitia, co-chairman of the COQA Crude by Rail Subcommittee, presented Comparison and Decisions on a Condensate Splitter vs. a Pre-flash Tower.