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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 San Antonio, February 21-22, 2018

  • Dates: 21 – 22 Feb, 2018

Venue
Menger Hotel (address: 204 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205)

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Registration
Advance Registration is now closed. Registration will be by any major credit card for $125 at the door.

Complimentary Registration Form (for COQA annual corporate members, event sponsors, press, retirees)

Accommodations
Please join us in the COQA room block at the Menger Hotel. The cut-off date was February 5th. Rooms are now subject to availability. Please call the hotel if you need to inquire about rooms in our block.

Agenda
Wednesday February 21, 2018 (note: closed to press)
2:30pm: Domestic Sweet Monitoring Program Subcommittee Meeting
     *all conference registrants welcome to attend*
     Snacks and refreshments will be provided thanks to:
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4:00pm: Steering Committee Meeting
     *representatives of corporate member companies only*
5:00pm: Executive Board Meeting
5:30pm: A Reception will be held at Mad Dogs British Pub Riverwalk on Feb 21st beginning at 5:30pm. All conference attendees and guests are encouraged to attend. The event is presented by
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Thursday February 22, 2018  Link:  San Antonio 2018 COQA Agenda (.pdf)


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News and Announcements

  • Platts Capitol Crude podcast highlights COQA efforts

    by Dennis Sutton | Jul 03, 2018
    The July 2, 2018 Capitol Crude podcast produced by Platts addresses the confusion regarding WTI crude oil and highlights the work of the COQA that has led to the adoption by CME/NYMEX of more comprehensive quality specifications for WTI at Cushing.  The podcast features discussion by John-Laurent Tronche, managing editor, Platts Americas crude oil, and Dennis Sutton, executive director of the Crude Oil Quality Association.  To listen to the podcast, click here.
  • Denver Joint COQA/CCQTA Meeting Draws Record Attendance

    by Dennis Sutton | Jun 07, 2018

    Over 160 attendees gathered May 22-24 at Denver’s Grand Hyatt hotel for the sixth international joint meeting of the Crude Oil Quality Association (COQA) and the Canadian Crude Quality Technical Association (CCQTA).  The meetings featured a half-day session of subcommittee and board meetings, followed by two full days of presentations.

    With the December 2017 announcement by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) that they would begin implementing the COQA recommended specifications for Light Sweet Crude (WTI), beginning in January of 2019, there was a great deal of interest in this topic.  Dan Brusstar, Senior Director of Energy Research at CME emphasized the benefits of the adoption of the COQA specs, including:

    • Mid-continent refiners benefit from stable and certain quality
    • Stable WTI quality will transform the global market, and
    • A “new era” will dawn for global refiners

    The Domestic Sweet subcommittee, led by Aaron Dillard, shared data showing that the vanadium and vacuum residuum levels have actually been increasing in the first part of 2018, and are often above the new specs.  These parameters will be followed with interest through the data from the COQA sponsored WTI monitoring program.  http://www.crudemonitor.us/

    An insightful look at the Canadian oil industry was provided by Jeff Gaulin, Vice President of Communications with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP).  Jeff discussed the challenge the industry faces in developing trust among Canadians, particularly regarding growth projects.  His talk, which was somewhat of a call to action for the Canadian oil industry, proved rather timely with the announcement the following week that the Canadian government would buy Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline, in order to ensure the halted project gets built.

    Dr. David Lord of Sandia National Laboratories updated the group on the recently released report “DOE/DOT Crude Oil Characterization Research Study”.  Drivers for this research include the open debate on whether the types of crude have significant bearing on the severity of transportation accidents.  Information reported at this time pertained to issues of sampling and analysis methods.  Future work will address combustion experiments and modeling, and comparison of light, tight oil vs. more conventional crude.

    The next COQA meeting will be in Houston, October 24 &25 and is being held in conjunction with Hydrocarbon Publishing’s Opportunity Crudes conference. https://opportunitycrudes.com/houston2018/
  • 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)

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