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Crude Oil Quality Association
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Sponsors

AmSpec
Camin Cargo
Chevron
CHS
Coffeyville Resources
ConocoPhillips
Energy Transfer Partners
ExxonMobil
Halliburton
HollyFrontier
Infineum
Lyondellbasell
KBC Advanced Technologies
Intertek Caleb Brett
Marathon Petroleum
Marathon Pipe Line
Motiva
PBF Energy
Phillips 66
SGS North America
Shell Pipeline
Valero

Supporters

Baker Hughes GE
BV Inspectorate
Husky Energy
Maxxam Analytics
North Dakota Petroleum Council
Saybolt Core Lab
SUEZ
Q2 Technologies

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 Dallas, October 9-10, 2019

    Dates: 09 – 10 Oct, 2019
    dallbj-omni-dallas-hotel-park-west-exterior-signSave the date and plan to join us for the COQA's Fall 2019 meeting in Dallas, TX.

    Venue
    Our venue will be the Omni Dallas Hotel at Park West (1590 Lyndon B Johnson Fwy, Dallas, TX 75234).

    Book Accommodations Now!: COQA Guestroom Block
    *cut-off date for reservations is September 24th, 2019

    Registration
    General Registration
    *registration will also be available on site by credit card for $125
    Complimentary Registration
    *for representatives of annual corporate members (sponsors/supporters), event sponsors, speakers, retirees, press

    Sponsors
    Gold
    AyalyticalEralytics

    Silver
    Ametek
    Bronze
    XOS  Horiba

    Program of Events
    Wednesday, Oct 9, 2019

    2:00- 3:00pm           Additives Subcommittee 
    3:00- 3:15pm           Update on Metals Methods (presented by XOS)
    3:15- 4:00pm           Domestic Sweet Subcommittee
    4:00- 4:45pm           Advisory Board Meeting
    5:00- 6:30pm           Executive Board Meeting

    Thursday, Oct 10, 2019

    7:00- 8:00am           Breakfast
    8:00- 4:30pm           Main Program (presentations)

    List of Presenters

    David Lord, Sandia National Laboratories
    Anay Luketa, Sandia National Laboratories
    Update on Pool Fire and Fireball Experiments in Support of the US DOE/DOT/TC Crude Oil Characterization Research Study

    Sally Goodson, American Petroleum Institute
    An Overview of API Measurement Standards, Including New Standard Developments and Research Projects

    H2S 2.0 Panel Discussion (one hour): Specifications, Reaction Variables, and Downstream Perspectives

    Robert Auers, Turner Mason
    The Long and Winding Road: Changing Western Canadian Crude Quality and Strategies

    Sandy Fielden, Morningstar Commodities
    US Export Markets

    Tyler Caughman, Magellan Midstream Partners
    Topic TBD

    Keith Lawson, Phillips 66
    Measurement of Water in Crude Oil

    Mukund Unavane, AVEVA
    Real-time Crude Oil Data for Refinery Decision Making

    Kesavalu M. Bagawandoss Ph.D., J.D.
    Hydrocarbon Forensics and appropriate Characterization Methods


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  • ASTM "Crude Oil: Sampling, Testing, and Evaluation" Course

    Dates: 04 – 06 Nov, 2019
    Holiday Inn Riverwalk
    San Antonio, TX

    This extensive 3-day class covers the sampling, analysis and evaluation of crude oil. You'll gain an understanding of crude oil analytical measurement, composition and classification; quality variations and what causes them; sampling (both manual and automatic); inspection, assays and test methods; basic crude oil evaluation; quality case studies; current challenges and future needs in characterization, and much more.

    For detailed information and early bird registration, please visit the Crude Oil: Sampling, Testing, and Evaluation course page on the ASTM website.


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  • S&P Global Platts 2nd Annual North American Crude Oil Exports Summit

    Houston | Dates: 28 – 30 Oct, 2019
    The S&P Global Platts 2nd Annual North American Crude Oil Exports Summit sets a unique global agenda, inviting international buyers and North American producers, midstream, and ports to examine the changing dynamics of crude quality, connectivity, pricing, and new markets. Learn more

    Venue:
    Houston Marriott West Loop by the Galleria
    Houston, Texas, USA


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  • COQA San Antonio, March 4-5, 2020

    Dates: 04 – 05 Mar, 2020
    teddy_mengerSave the date as COQA is returning to San Antonio for our Spring 2020 meeting. We will once again be hosted by the Menger Hotel next to The Alamo. Registration and program details will be available following the Dallas meeting on October 9-10.


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News and Announcements

  • Turning Point Blog Features Crude Quality

    by Dennis Sutton | Jul 18, 2019
    Turner, Mason & Company publishes a weekly blog series titled “Turning Point” that covers various topics regarding the petroleum industry. The blog published July 16, 2019 titled “Suspicious Minds- Quality Challenges and Crude Oil Exports” highlights the growing US crude oil exports and looks at some of the quality challenges for new buyers and traders of these US export grades. The article addresses the differing quality specs on WTI, two recent worldwide quality incidents, and concludes with discussion on avenues to reduce suspicion and build a better path forward. The complete article is available HERE.
  • Cushing Tour Complements Oklahoma City Meeting

    by Dennis Sutton | Jun 12, 2019

    The mid year 2019 COQA meeting was held in Oklahoma City, OK May 30 at the downtown Skirvin Hotel, with a featured tour of the Cushing, OK terminal facility preceeding the meeting.  Approximately 75 people participated in the Cushing tour, with over 115 present for the program.

    cushing intertek lunchRecent heavy rains did not dampen the spirits of the group as tour hosts Enterprise, Enbridge, and Plains offered an excellent overview of the activities and growth planned for Cushing that could bring total storage capacity to 100 million barrels, while Intertek hosted a barbeque lunch for the group.  Bloomberg’s Sheela Tobben’s June 4 article titled “Building Boom Shows Cushing Oil Hub Hasn’t Lost its Allure”  provides a detailed look at the storage and pipeline projects planned for Cushing.  

    A blend of technical talks and broader, more commercial presentations having a mid-Continent emphasis highlighted the program.  David Braziel (RBN Energy) addressed the effects of US exports and showed the largest projected production growth in the next 5 years coming from the Permian, Eagle Ford, and Bakken, while Europe and Asia have had the biggest gains in receiving US crude.  Dan Brusstar of CME Group updated the group on the recently implemented WTI specs emphasizing that all refiners, both domestic and foreign, benefit from stable and certain quality.  Josh Baskett of Continental Resources, the #1 producer of Bakken crude, discussed the future of marketed barrels, including some of the concerns expressed by foreign buyers of US crude.  In particular, international buyers have been leery of US barrels due to some receipts being poorer quality than expected, and concerns of inconsistent quality.  Chris Baltimore’s (Argus) article on the meeting titled “Survey: Quality is King” emphasized the WTI specs and noted COQA’s role in developing them.  

    Complete details of the presentations are available under the “Meeting Archives” tab on the top of the page.

  • First European Crude Quality Forum held in Aberdeen, Scotland

    by Bill Lywood | Aug 30, 2018

    On July 25, the first ever European Crude Quality Forum was hosted by Intertek at their research and laboratory facility in Aberdeen, Scotland.  Coordinated by Dr. Frederick Stubbins of Intertek, the program included a buffet lunch followed by a half day of technical presentations including:

    • SpeakerThankYou from AberdeenAndrew Duncan, Intertek- Asset Integrity Management
    • Duncan Baillie, LUX Assure- What’s In Your Crude?
    • Frederick Stubbins, Intertek- Total Quality Assurance from Well Stream to Forecourt
    • Dennis Sutton, COQA- Introduction to the COQA; An overview of North American Crude Oil Quality
    • Katharine Fogg, Essar Oil UK- Opportunity Oil Processing in European Refineries
    • Ruth Downie, Infineum- Wax and Asphaltenes
    Over 40 attendees participated in the event and provided lively, open discussion.
  • 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.

Sponsors

Valero
Shell Pipeline
SGS North America
Phillips 66
PBF Energy
Motiva
Marathon Pipe Line
Marathon Petroleum
Lyondellbasell
KBC Advanced Technologies
Intertek Caleb Brett
Infineum
HollyFrontier
Halliburton
ExxonMobil
Energy Transfer Partners
ConocoPhillips
Coffeyville Resources
CHS
Chevron
Camin Cargo
AmSpec

Supporters

Aveva
Baytek International
Haverly
Hydrocarbon Publishing
L-K Industries
Nalco Champion
PAC
Plains Marketing
Schlumberger
US Department of Energy