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Crude Oil Quality Association
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Sponsors

AmSpec
BP
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
Suncor
Valero

Supporters

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

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, March 4-5, 2020

    Dates: 04 – 05 Mar, 2020
    teddy_mengerSave the date and plan to join us for the COQA's Spring 2020 meeting in San Antonio, TX.

    Venue
    Our venue will be the Menger Hotel 
    (204 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205)

    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

    Guestrooms

    Please click HERE to book your guestrooms in the COQA room block at our preferred rate, available until February 10, 2020 (or until the block fills up).

    Program of Events
    All meetings will take place in the Grand Ballroom

    Wednesday, March 4, 2020

    1:30 - 2:15pm          Domestic Sweet Subcommittee  
    2:30 - 3:30pm          Additives Subcommittee 
    3:30 - 4:30pm          Advisory Board Meeting
    4:30 - 6:00pm          Executive Board Meeting

    Thursday, March 5th, 2020

    7:00 - 8:00am          Breakfast Buffet provided by COQA
    8:00 - 11:45am        Presentations
    11:45am - 1:30pm   Lunch (on your own)
    1:30pm - 4:30pm     Presentations  

    Speakers (tentative topic/title)
     
    Kari Cutting, North Dakota Petroleum Council (Bakken 2020:  A Game Changer)

    Jeff Dorrow, EPIC Midstream (Assets overview and quality control initiatives)

    Erika Coombs, BTU Analytics (Permian and Eagle Ford quality overview)

    Gus Vasquez, Argus Media (Shifting price differentials and grades from Midland to Corpus Christi to Europe)

    Eric Vetters, ProCorr Consulting (Upstream additives – how they can impact refineries and what we as an industry can do about it)

    Jason Nick, Ametek Petrolab (What's New in the World of Vapor Pressure)

    Tom Benz, Southern Petroleum Laboratories (UOP 163, D5705M and other related topics on H2S in the Permian)

    Terry Thompson, Enterprise Products (Vapor pressure and emissions standards for crude oil storage)

    Plus:
    Reviews of the 2nd Annual North American Crude Oil Exports Summit & Argus Americas Crude Summit

    And:
    Extensive Information on our exciting upcoming conference in Ft McMurray, Canada

    Sponsors
    Silver
    Ametek
    Bronze

         XOS  asi keco  JP3 Measurement



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  • CCQTA - COQA Joint Meeting, Ft. McMurray, Canada, June 9-12, 2020

    Dates: 09 – 12 Jun, 2020
    Oil Sands AlbertaSave the date and plan to join us for the joint CCQTA - COQA Summer 2020 meeting in Ft. McMurray, Canada.

    Please be sure to budget and prepare early for this rare opportunity to visit the Canadian oil sands with an international group of crude quality experts. There is LIMITED space available for the oil sands tour, so register early and secure your spot.

    Please view this Information Packet for details on the program of events, registration, guestroom booking (again, space is limited in the hotel), and transportation. If you wish to inquire about speaking or sponsorship, please use the contact information provided in the packet. 


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  • COQA Houston/Sugar Land, Oct 21-22, 2020

    Dates: 21 – 22 Oct, 2020
    sugar landSave the date and plan to join us in Sugar Land for our Fall 2020 COQA meeting. Details regarding the program of events, registration, and guestroom booking will begin to appear in summer 2020.

    We are once again partnering with the Opportunity Crudes Conference, which will be held at the same venue, from Oct 19-21, 2020. Plan to attend for the entire week!

    Venue: Houston Marriott Sugar Land (16090 City Walk, Sugar Land, TX 77479)


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News and Announcements

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.

Sponsors

Valero
Suncor
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
BP
AmSpec

Supporters

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