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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 Houston/Sugar Land, October 24-25th, 2018

    Dates: 24 – 25 Oct, 2018
    sugar landCOQA is once again holding its Houston fall conference in conjunction with the Opportunity Crudes Conference for a full week of interesting meetings, presentations, and networking. Save the date and plan to join us!


    Venue
    Marriott Sugar Land Town Square
    16090 City Walk, Sugar Land, TX 77479
    *there is free on site parking as well as a valet option ($10 daily, $25 overnight)*

    Registration
    General Registration: HERE
    Complimentary Registration: HERE
       *for representatives of corporate annual members, event sponsors, press, and retirees

    COQA Guestroom Block
    Direct Online Reservations: HERE
    Sugar Land Marriott Town Square Phone: (281) 275-8400
    Book by 10/9/18 to receive our group rate

    Program
    Wednesday, Oct 24th: Subcommittee Sessions and Board Meetings
    Room: Cane I-III, 1st Floor
      - 1:30pm: COQA Additives Subcommittee
      - 2:30pm: COQA Domestic Sweet Monitoring Program Subcommittee
      - 3:30pm: COQA Advisory Board Meeting
      - 4:30pm: COQA Executive Board Meeting

    Thursday, Oct 25th: General Presentations Session
    Room: Sugar Land Ballroom VI, 1st Floor
    - 7:00am: Buffet Breakfast (provided)
    - 8:00am - 4:30pm: Presentations (and networking and lunch breaks)


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  • COQA New Orleans, March 13-14, 2019

    Dates: 13 – 14 Mar, 2019

    HIL_ExteriorCOQA is once again headed to New Orleans! Save the date and plan to join us from March 13-14, 2019.

    Our venue will once again be the Hilton Riverside (2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130). More information will be made available later in 2018.



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News and Announcements

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/

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