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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

  • Amendments Announced to the Light Sweet Crude Oil Futures Contract Specifications

    by Dennis Sutton | Jan 04, 2018

    The Crude Oil Quality Association (“COQA”) is pleased to recognize that CME Group has published a Special Executive Report announcing changes regarding the quality specifications of Light Sweet Crude as defined in their Futures contracts. Their report is accompanied by a Q & A section that provides additional detail. The COQA has been a key resource to CME Group in developing these specifications by providing open forum meetings and the data portal crudemonitor.us.

    The amended specifications add five additional parameters in characterizing West Texas Intermediate (WTI)/ Domestic Sweet crude oil.  These parameters address:

    • Distillation characteristics
    • Vanadium content
    • Nickel content
    • Total Acid Number (TAN), and
    • Micro carbon residue content
    Full Press Release (.pdf)
  • Turning Point Blog Highlights WTI/Domestic Sweet Quality Monitoring Work

    by Dennis Sutton | Jun 21, 2017

    For many years, the Crude Oil Quality Association (COQA) has been working to develop more comprehensive specifications for WTI and provide greater transparency in the communication of the quality characteristics of WTI and domestic sweet.

    The June 20 Turning Point blog, titled “I Can See Clearly Now- WTI Quality Characteristics Now Available!”, published by Turner, Mason & Company, features a summary of this work and the path forward. It can be accessed HERE.

    Both historical and current quality data are now available on the new web site, www.crudemonitor.us. Data for all of the COQA recommended specs, including API gravity, sulfur, metals (nickel and vanadium), TAN, and three boiling range parameters from HTSD can be viewed. While improvements in the reporting continue, the format, familiar to many from evaluating Canadian crudes on www.crudemonitor.ca, provides both tabular and graphical presentations of this valuable information. 

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