Crude Oil Quality Association



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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

  • Fall Crude Oil Quality Association Meeting

    Dates: 30 – 31 Oct, 2014
    It's less than three weeks away!

    Our next Crude Oil Quality Association (COQA) meeting is the biennial joint meeting with the Canadian Crude Quality Technical Association (CCQTA).

    We will meet at the Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, CA Thursday, October 30 and Friday October 31, 2014.

    Our theme is “North American Crude Quality: Managing the Growth”.

    For more information, please download our brochure.

    It has general information and how to book your room at the hotel.

    The San Francisco- Final Agenda is also available. 

    If you (or your spouse) are considering recreational activities while in the Bay area, see the Activities bulletin.

    While it is now past the date to take advantage of our group rate at the Hyatt, you can still come.  Just book at the regular rate at the Hyatt or there is a Holiday Inn Express Fisherman's Wharf right across the street.

    You will also want to mark your calendar for Thursday, February 19, 2015.  This will be our first COQA meeting of 2015.  We will be at the Marriott West Loop in Houston.  


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  • Argus Americas Crude Summit

    Dates: 27 – 29 Jan, 2015

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    The 7th annual Argus Americas Crude Summit returns to Houston January 27-29, 2015.  Once again, we are pleased to announce that COQA will be a supporting partner for the conference.  Thus, COQA members will receive a 20% registration discount.

    The conference will address key industry topics, including:
    •Production, policy and crude pricing trends
    •Opportunities for crude absorption
    •Bracing for change
    •New for 2015- Two tracks- one on crude transportation and logistics and the second track on Canadian and Latin American markets

    For complete information, check out the web site.

    Argus has created a special registration link for COQA members to register online at the 20% off rate.


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News and Announcements

  • Turner Mason's Turning Point Blog Features Crude Oil Quality

    by Dennis Sutton | Sep 30, 2014
    John Auers' Turning Point Blog is featuring a 2 part series on crude oil quality.  John's blog, which runs weekly, covers industry topics related particularly to refining, marketing, logistics, and future outlooks. John is  Executive Vice President of Turner, Mason & Company (TM&C) , a consulting engineering form that has participated in past COQA meetings.  Most recently, Michael Leger, President of TM&C, spoke at the Fall 2013 COQA meeting in Dallas.

    The first of the two part series, titled "What's Quality Got to Do with It" was  published September 30, and provides a general overview of crude quality, touching on crude quality as it pertains to the producer, transporter, and refiner.  The second part, which came out on October 14, highlights specific crude quality issues.

    Part one is available at

    Part 2 is available at
  • Successful Opportunity Crudes Conference Concludes

    by Dennis Sutton | Sep 19, 2014
    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.



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