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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
Intertek Caleb Brett
KBC Advanced Technologies
Lyondellbasell
Magellan Midstream Partners
Marathon Petroleum
Marathon Pipe Line
Motiva
PBF Energy
Phillips 66
Plains Marketing
SGS North America
Shell Pipeline
Suncor
Valero

Supporters

Aveva
Baker Hughes GE
Husky Energy
Maxxam Analytics
North Dakota Petroleum Council
Schlumberger
SUEZ
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

  • Fall 2020 COQA Online Sessions

    Dates: 21 – 22 Oct, 2020

    video-conferenceConsidering the on-going uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, limitations regarding corporate travel, and our overarching concern for safety, the COQA Executive Board has decided to hold the October 2020 COQA meeting remotely, rather than meeting in Sugar Land, Texas as originally planned.

    Based on our June 2020 COQA meeting which was held online utilizing the Zoom platform with over 150 participants, we anticipate another successful meeting in October!

    Our partners at the Opportunity Crudes Conference have rescheduled their conference for October 25-27th, 2021. COQA will again partner with them in 2021.


    Registration

    Advance Registration for COQA Fall 2020 Online Sessions (October 21-22) is now open. Click Register Now to proceed.

                    Register Now    

    The cost to register for this meeting is $50.00, unless you are a corporate member or otherwise eligible for complimentary registration. Both Paid and Complimentary attendees MUST register (now using the same online registration form), in order to receive your unique meeting link from Zoom.

    Sponsors
    XOSAmetek


    Program of Events (US/Canada Central Time Zone)

    2020 COQA Fall Program (.pdf for download)

    COQA Fall Session: Online Subcommittee and Board Meetings
    Dates: 21 Oct, 2020

    1:00pm: Light Sweet Crude Subcommittee Meeting 

    2:00pm: COQA Advisory Board Meeting 

    2:30pm: COQA Executive Board Meeting 

    COQA Fall Session: Main Program
    Dates: 22 Oct, 2020

    1:00pm: Dennis Sutton, Executive Director, COQA
                  COQA Online Session Introductions

    1:15pm: Sean Strawbridge, CEO, 
    Port of Corpus Christi
                  Corpus Christi Crude Oil Infrastructure Projects

    1:45pm: Laura Huchzermeyer, Managing Editor, Americas Crude, S&P Global
                  Matthew Eversman, 
    Associate director of Crude, Fuel Oil and Bunkers 
                                                    Markets,
     S&P Global
                 
    Platts Specifications for WTI Pipeline & Cargo Assessments

    2:15pm: Crude Oil Laboratory Panel: Responding to 2020 Challenges
                  Featuring: Michael Bailey, Director of Laboratory Operations, 
    AmSpecLLC
                                   Scott Blakely, Senior Director, Quality & Laboratory Services,Intertek Caleb Brett
                                   
    Travis Dean, Vice President – Sales,Bureau Veritas North America, Inc
    3:00pm: Break

    3:15pm: Nanette Yearley, Manager, Petroleum Quality, 
    Enbridge
                  Enbridge Vapor Pressure Tariffs

    3:45pm: Ha Nguyen, Director, Oil Markets Research, 
    IHS Markit
                  Liza Crude Grade, its Characteristics, and its Impact on the Global Picture

    4:15pm: Speaker TBD
    Baker O'Brien
                  The Changing Refinery Landscape and Displaced Crude Oil:  where will it all go?

    4:45pm: COQA Open Forum with Executive Director, Dennis Sutton

     



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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
Plains Marketing
Phillips 66
PBF Energy
Motiva
Marathon Pipe Line
Marathon Petroleum
Magellan Midstream Partners
Lyondellbasell
KBC Advanced Technologies
Intertek Caleb Brett
Infineum
HollyFrontier
Halliburton
ExxonMobil
Energy Transfer Partners
ConocoPhillips
Coffeyville Resources
CHS
Chevron
Camin Cargo
AmSpec

Supporters

BV Inspectorate
Haverly
Hydrocarbon Publishing
L-K Industries
Nalco Champion
Saybolt Core Lab
Q2 Technologies
US Department of Energy