ASTM WK45458

    New Test Method for Determination of Light Hydrocarbons and Hydrocarbon Boiling Point Distribution and Cut Point Intervals in Live Crude Oils and Condensates via Gas Chromatography

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    Developed by Subcommittee: D02.04.0L | Committee D02 | Contact Staff Manager


    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of light hydrocarbons, their boiling point distribution and cut point intervals via gas chromatography in live crude oils and condensates with VPCR4 up to 200 kPa at 37.8C. 1.2 Methane (nC1) to hexane (nC6) and benzene are speciated and quantitated. Samples containing up to 0.5 mass% methane, 2.5 mass% ethane, 10 mass% propane and or 20 mass% butane are analyzed. A 0.01 mass% lower limit exists for these compounds. 1.3 This test method may be used for the determination of boiling point distribution of live crude oils and condensates from initial boiling point (IBP) to 391C (nC24). The nC24 plus fraction is reported.

    method is sponsored by Canadian Crude Quality Technical Association to determine light hydrocarbons in live crude oils and condensates to address issues of safety in transport and commerce. Tight oil from fracking operations such as Bakken crude and condensates.


    live crude oil:light hydrocarbons:boiling point distribution:gas chromatography:condensate:tight oil

    The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.

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    Dan Wispinski


    D02.04 (14-04)

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