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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

  • 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 theCOQA; 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.
  • 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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