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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!

Advanced Registration is closed. On site registration for $125 (we accept all credit cards) will be available at the meeting.

**for those making last minute travel plans, our hotel block is now full. Thanks to everyone that booked with us. There are numerous options in the area for accommodations. Hotels off of Poydras St. are closest to the venue. I was told by the Hilton that the COQA rate is still possible, but that there is very limited availability at the hotel over our conference dates** 


Wednesday Agenda (Chart Ballroom, Hilton Riverside Complex)
8:00am: Gather for Tour of International Petroleum Museum (info below)
2:30pm: Domestic Sweet Monitoring Program Subcommittee Meeting (open to any registrant)
4:00pm: COQA Advisory Board Meeting
5:00pm: COQA Executive Board Meeting


Thursday Agenda (Chart Ballroom, Hilton Riverside Complex)

New Orleans 2017 Agenda Final 
(pdf)
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7:00am: Breakfast buffet provided by COQA
8:00am: Presentations Begin
5:00pm: Cocktail Reception hosted by:  AmSpec - New Logo


Networking Opportunity: COQA to host tour of International Petroleum Museum & Exposition, Wednesday March 8th, 2017
Join your colleagues at the COQA conference for an excellent networking opportunity as we travel to Morgan City to visit the first offshore rig that operated on the Gulf Coast!

8:00am: Gather at the Hilton Riverside Lobby
8:30am: Departure, travel by bus to Museum
10:00am: Tour of Museum
11:30am: Lunch (not included in price)
12:15pm: Departure to return to Hilton Riverside in time for subcommittee meetings

Cost: $40 (click here to register - spouses, guests, etc. are welcome)

*note: wear appropriate footwear to walk on stairs, grating, etc.*

News and Announcements

  • 2016 Year in Review

    by Dennis Sutton | Jan 10, 2017

    While 2016 was a challenging year for many in the oil industry with continuing low crude oil prices resulting in job cutbacks for some companies and reduced travel budgets for many, the Crude Oil Quality Association (COQA) had a strong year, hosting three significant meetings.  Whereas 2014 and 2015 were dominated by issues related to the quality of the light tight oils, and in particular movement of these materials by rail, 2016 saw increasing focus on the quality of WTI - concerns over asphaltene precipitation, a renewed interest in developing specifications for WTI and a need for more transparent communication of WTI quality. The COQA is enriched by the contributions of each and every speaker, committee chair and committee participant. Thank you all for making the COQA a success.

    The March meeting was held at the historic Menger Hotel in San Antonio with over 130 in attendance.  Dr. Bagawandoss provided an update on 49 CFR 173.41 regarding regulations pertaining to the transportation of crude by rail as well as truck and barge, Ashok Anand updated the group on Enbridge’s data on WTI quality at Cushing, and Dr. Irv Wiehe shared an overview of crude oil compatibility advancing the discussions on the COQA project on this topic.

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    The June meeting in Edmonton was our 5th joint international meeting with the Canadian Crude Quality Technical Association (CCQTA).  The activities included about 40 participants taking advantage of a 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. Two full days of technical presentations were highlighted by 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 a nice overview talk by Dr. Eric Vetters on “Factors to Consider when Developing a Crude Quality Program”.  In consideration of the wildfires in Ft. MacMurray, a gift was made to the Red Cross and their support efforts.

    For the Fall meeting in Houston, for the first time , the COQA and Hydrocarbon Publishing’s  Opportunity Crudes conference  collaborated on their meetings to provide a rich and relevant time.  The WTI specifications subcommittee, led by Aaron Dillard, was of great interest to many and is currently establishing a quality monitoring program.  After a very busy period the past few years, the Crude by Rail subcommittee has concluded their efforts.  Some work is still in progress, most notably the crude flammability/ignitability studies led by Dr. David Lord of Sandia National Laboratories.  We will look forward to updates on this work in 2017.

    Organizationally, 2016 was a successful year.  As a not-for-profit organization, we are in a sound financial position and added six new corporate members including L-K Industries, Silverpeak Strategic Partners, Cenovus, Dorf Ketal, GE Water & Process Technologies, and Infineum.   In their annual Trends publication, Infineum featured the COQA in an interview with Executive Director, Dennis Sutton.
                                                     

    Two books, published in 2016 that may be of particular interest include:

    • Rusty Braziel’s “The Domino Effect”, describing the cascading events that have profoundly transformed energy markets, and
    • Harry Giles’ special ASTM issue on “Crude Oil Analysis: History and Development of Test Methods From 1854 to 2016.

    In 2017 the COQA will continue to provide an informative opportunity for discussion, information sharing and action on current and relevant crude oil quality issues. Thank you for your past participation as we look forward to an enlightened 2017.

  • COQA and Opportunity Crudes Partner for Outstanding Week

    by Dennis Sutton | Jan 10, 2017

    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!


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