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2018 Summer Joint COQA - CCQTA: Denver, CO, May 22-24

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COQA - CCQTA Denver 2018 (Joint Meeting)
Grand Hyatt Denver
May 22-24, 2018

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Day 1: Tuesday May 22, 2018

Additives Subcommittee
Domestic Sweet Monitoring Program Subcommittee

Day 2: Wednesday May 23, 2018

Dennis Sutton, COQA
Dennis Sutton’s Introductions

Daniel Brusstar, CME Group
CME Group and the Benefits of the Tighter WTI Specifications

The presentation detailed the benefits of adopting the COQA WTI specs including how Mid-continent Refiners benefit from stable and certain quality, how stable WTI Quality will transform the global market and how a New Era will dawn for global refiners.

David Lord, Sandia National Laboratories
Crude Oil Characterization Study: Task 2: Sampling and Analysis Methods Evaluation

David summarized progress on the Crude Oil Characterization Study, the objective of which is to evaluate whether crude oils currently transported in North America, including those produced from tight formations, exhibit physical or chemical properties that are distinct from conventional conventional crudes, and how these properties associate with combustion hazards realized during transportation and handling.

Eric Peterson, ARB Midstream
Crude Quality Impacts on Midstream in the DJ and Permian Basins

Focusing on the DJ and Permian Basins, this presentation described production sites, drilling trends, horizontal IP30 rates, and takeaway capacity, with a focus on the impacts on crude quality.

Joe Leto, Energy Analysts International
Crude Stream/Grade Competition in the North American Shale Fairway Refining Market

The presentation included selected abstracts from EAI, Inc.’s North American Crude Study, Crudehub and Deep Dive Product Series, focusing on overall North American supply, demand & logistics, as well as exports.

Dan Haley, Colorado Oil & Gas Association
Oil and Natural Gas Development: The View from Colorado

The presentation spoke on the association’s objectives, industry impact in Colorado, local and state regulations, outreach, and future challenges.

Nanette Yearley, Enbridge
Enbridge Pipeline Systems

The presentation detailed Enbridge’s infrastructure portfolio, replacement and expansion projects, platform development opportunities, and the company’s commitment to Domestic Sweet quality specifications.

Steve David, David & Associates
Crude Oil Vapor Pressure: Regulatory Impacts and Vapor Pressure Reduction Technologies

Steve’s presentation taught us about crude vapor pressures and compositions and why high VP Crude can be a problem. It then proceeded to discuss conventional vapor pressure reduction technologies and the Hellervik Oil Conditioning Unit (OCU™).

Day 2 concluded with the Summer 2018 Domestic Sweet Subcommittee Update and the new Additives Subcommittee Update.

Day 3: Thursday May 24, 2018

Derek Fraser, Maxxam Analytics
Introductions and CCQTA projects update

Jeff Gaulin, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)
Energy For Tomorrow: Canada & the World

Jeff’s presentation discussed CAPP’s global vision for the future of Canadian oil and natural gas in light of the American energy revolution and other global influences. Of note are the ways that Canada’s oil industry communicates, drives trust, and understands the needs of all Canadians.

Steve Fekete, IHS Markit
Crude oil and Refining Market Outlook

Steve’s presentation spoke of IHSM production and exporting forecasts through 2020, looking at growth potential and infrastructure constraints in both the US and Canada. Finally he outlined how the implementation of 2020 IMO bunker fuel specification is expected to have a profound effect on the light / heavy differential and refining margins.

Sam and Bill Lywood, Crude Quality Inc.
Crudemonitor: Bringing the Crude Oil Industry Together with Data

This presentation outlined what Crudemonitor is, its latest features and interface updates, the tracking of new crudes and condensates, and the site’s features for both Canadian and now US crudes (DSW and WTI at Cushing) in light of CME’s adoption of new specifications in 2019.

Heather Dettman, Natural Resources Canada
Oil Spill Behaviour Research

Heather’s presentation spoke of how spill responders need to understand where oil components go with time after a spill due to weathering to be able to model maximum recovery possible, oil’s tendency to get caught in sediment and sink, and the proportion of oil that will sink due to increasing oil density. Methods and results of oil spill behaviour research conducted thus far was detailed.

Frederick Stubbins, Intertek
From Wellstream to Forecourt – Interpret A Total Quality Solution

Intertek Interpret is a suite of products used to analyse large datasets. Recently Intertek has developed this tool to support big data analytics both in exploration & production and refinery applications. This presentation spoke about the application of data analytics to maximise refinery diesel fraction, troubleshooting offshore process upsets, and optimise chemical inhibitor dosage.

Randy Segato, Suncor
Fort Hills Project Update: Execution and Technology Success

This presentation discussed the Fort Hills Project, its history, hardware build overview, PFT Technology for processing mined bitumen, as well as marketing / quality versus existing SAGD Dilbits and value and life cycle analysis principles.

Aaron Smith, HTRI
Benefits of Fouling Testing

A major manifestation of crude quality issues is fouling in the preheat train.  Fouling can be a result of many factors such as crude chemistry, incompatibility, particulates, contaminates, and production additives. This presentation provided an overview of fouling test equipment and reviews strengths and limitations of each.  Case studies were also presented to illustrate how fouling tests have provided benefit to industry.

Dan Wispinski, VUV Analytics
GC-VUV Applications to Hydrocarbon Analysis

Dan’s presentation spoke of the latest in vacuum ultraviolet applications to hydrocarbon analysis, including ASTM D8071 refinery streams, VHA-VUV as alternative to DHA, Olefins, as well as methanol, saturates, aromatics, and other components of Crude oil.

Gerald Bruce, GWB Processing Consulting
Partial Upgrading of Bitumen: Impact on Crude Quality

This presentation defined partial upgrading and then spoke on the range and progress of initiatives in Alberta with respect to partial upgrading technology, the relationship between partial upgrading and crude quality, and the R&D efforts identified with the CCQTA to better understand the quality impacts on refinery customers.