Meeting Archives

2020 Summer: Online Session, June 11

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Dennis Sutton, COQA Executive Director
Welcome to the Mid 2020 COQA Meeting: Our First Ever Remote Meeting

COQA held it's first full online meeting on the Zoom app on June 11, 2020. Thank you to all that were able to join us. Brief summaries of the presentations are prepared below.

Robert & John Auers, Turner Mason & Co.
The Changing U.S. Refining Landscape: COVID 19 and Beyond

This look at the mid-year refining landscape focused upon The COVID-19 demand cliff and recovery and the impacts on crude slate and quality. With the unprecedented decline in demand for gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel, Robert looked at the short and long term recovery prospects, before pointing out many changes in the heavy crude supply, US refining slates, and overseas developments in Latin America and West Africa.

Hillary Stevenson, Wood MacKenzie
North American Supply Chain H1 2020: Challenges and the Impact on Crude Quality

Hillary detailed current production, inventories, and transportation flows in each of Canada, Cushing, Texas, and Louisiana. Seeing some decline in Canadian production and flow to the United States, she then showed how imports are making up for the gap and changing the quality of the overall crude slates. Finally, she looked at the potential for Hurricane season to provide further disruption in 2020.

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

This look at refinery optimization challenges and solutions stressed the need for appropriate monitoring in the cold tower, focusing on corrosion control applications, overhead and tower top modelling, heat transfer rating, sampling, and online analysis.

Celina Hwang, IHS Markit
Canadian and North American Upstream/Production Challenges

Celina's excellent and informative presentation on the above topic has not been approved for publication on this site at this time.