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2016 Fall: Houston, TX, October 12-13

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COQA Houston 2016
October 12-13
Westin Oaks Houston at the Galleria

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1) Dennis Sutton’s Introductory Remarks highlighted COQA’s mission and sponsors including newest members L-K Industries, Cenovus Energy, and Silverpeak Strategic Partners. He commented on the relative stability of oil prices and production and looked forward to our next meeting in New Orleans.

2) Rusty Braziel of RBN Energy, our special guest speaker, led off the formal presentations with Light Crudes and Condensates in Turmoil: Production, Exports, Splitters and Blending. He spoke about the next phase of the shale revolution and the concentration of shale development, export trends under a new legal framework, and the tightening of the condensate markets.  He also considered future scenarios for crude price, figuring a relatively narrow range for years, and outlined consequences for regional production.

3) Next, Aaron Dillard and Bill Lywood summarized the Domestic Sweet Monitoring Program discussions from the previous day’s subcommittee meeting. Information can be found by clicking the subcommittee tab at the top of the page.

4) Visiting from Scotland, Duncan Baillie of Lux Assure presented next on Onsite Analysis of Methanol and MEG in Produced Fluids. The talk focused on the technologies available to test for MEG and methanol, highlighting the benefits of using the OMMICA technology on-site in place of gas chromatography.

5) We were pleased to have Abudi Zein then present on Life After the Ban: US Crude Oil Exports on behalf of his company Clipper Data. Looking at a wide range of data through year over year trends in the export market the charts showed little meaningful increase in exports, a resilient market, and a change in crude oil destinations.

6) Frederick Stubbins of Intertek UK then presented his latest work on Near-Infrared Analysis, entitled, The Hydrocarbon Supply Chain – Assuring Quality. Guiding us through the whole supply chain – from production to refinery to market – the talk showed the benefits of NIR testing and analysis for stability, stratification, overcoming shipping constraints, and ensuring crude quality.

7) We next heard from Waynn Morgan of Baker Hughes on Upstream Operating Practices Impact on Downstream Refining Processes. Stressing the importance of communication between upstream and downstream in maintaining crude quality, the presentation looked at acids, paraffins, asphaltenes, organic chlorides, biomasses, and especially “black powder” and how managing these substances can improve downstream operations.

8) After Lunch, Hillary Stevenson of Genscape presented Latest Data and the Fate of Crude by Rail, though the presentation looked at not only at the decline of CBR due to new pipeline links but Genscape’s global observations, Cushing and PADD 3 data, and the impacts of major recent wildfires and flooding on refineries and transport trends.

9) Randy Segato of Suncor then presented on the various Projects of the CCQTA including what’s new coming out of the September 2016 meetings.

10) Eric Calderon of L-K Industries spoke to the group about Bringing Smart Technology to Centrifugation. The SMART centrifuge would involve a camera, processer, and an app to gather BS&W data on site in real time according to API standards. Data would be stored online with restricted access. Commercialization of the technology is to come in 2017.

11) Dennis Haynes of Nalco Champion then presented Crude Quality and Contaminants: Impact on Desalting Operations. Highlighting key contaminants such as salts, amines, water, solids, as well as metals and asphaltenes, the presentation looked at numerous chemical solutions to expedite their removal.

12) Concluding the day’s presentations was Vibhu Sharma of Wood Group, who spoke on how Operational Intelligence could counter inefficiencies in dealing with regulations, environmental management, equipment degradation, safety, and other considerations for refiners. His presentation was entitled Process Monitoring to Track Feed and Product Quality and Environmental Emissions.