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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

  • COQA Summer Meeting #3: Online Conference

    Dates: 11 – 11 Jun, 2020
    Registration
    Registration is open to anyone. Please fill out this registration form to receive the meeting link information.

    Program of Events (US/Canada Central Time Zone)

    1:00pm – 3:30pm: COQA Online Conference 

    With Presentations from:

    Dennis Sutton, COQA
    (Introductions)

    John Auers and/or Robert Auers, Turner Mason
    (US Refining in 2020 and Crude Quality)

    Dennis Haynes, Nalco Water
    (Refinery Cold Tower Operational Challenges in 2020)

    Hillary Stevenson, Genscape
    (Infrastructure Challenges in 2020 and Crude Quality)

    Speaker TBA, IHS Markit
    (Canadian and North American Upstream/Production Challenges)



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  • --Canceled-- 2020 CCQTA - COQA Joint Meeting, Ft. McMurray, Canada

    Dates: 09 – 11 Jun, 2020
    Oil Sands Alberta

    The Crude Oil Quality Association (COQA) together with the Canadian Crude Quality Technical Association (CCQTA) have decided to cancel our planned June 2020 joint industry meeting, scheduled for Ft. McMurray, Alberta, Canada.

    In light of the growing coronavirus concerns and associated travel restrictions, it is clear that canceling these meetings is the right action to take to prioritize the safety and health of those involved.

    The joint meetings between our two organizations, traditionally held every two years, are much anticipated and have had tremendous participation and sponsorship. Discussions are in progress with the Ft. McMurray venues and at this time, we are anticipating delaying the joint meeting until June of 2021, and meeting in Ft. McMurray, where we would look forward to an outstanding meeting featuring technical presentations, and a tour of the oil sands facilities.



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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.

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

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


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News and Announcements

PHMSA Renders Crude Oil Quality Decision

by Dennis Sutton | May 15, 2020

On May 11, 2020, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) blocked an effort by the state of Washington to tighten vapor pressure restrictions on the transportation of crude oil by rail. Washington had imposed tighter vapor pressure regulations, seeking to reduce the perceived risk of moving Bakken crude by rail. “The Washington State vapor pressure requirement, if allowed to persist, would set an alarming precedent,” PHMSA chief counsel Paul Roberti wrote in his order. PHMSA said Washington’s requirement, requiring rail cargoes to have vapor pressure lower than 9 psi, would not reduce accidents and did not conform to U.S. Hazardous Materials Regulations.  North Dakota Senator Kevin Cramer had called the Washington law a “de-facto ban on Bakken crude oil” in the Pacific Northwest, where several oil refineries are located.

Over the past several years, crude oil vapor pressure has been a significant topic of discussion at COQA meetings. Most recently, the October 2019 meeting in Dallas featured a presentation by Dr. David Lord and Dr. Anay Luketa of Sandia National Laboratories summarizing their work on their combustion experiments of various crude oils. Details of their presentation are in the Archives section on the COQA web 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