ASTM WK45458

    New Test Method for Determination of Light Hydrocarbons 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 and cut point intervals by gas chromatography in live crude oils and condensates with VPCR4 up to 200 kPa at 37.8 C. 1.2 Methane (nC1) to hexane (nC6) and benzene are speciated and quantitated. Samples containing up to 0.5 % mass methane, 2.0 % mass ethane, 5 % mass propane or 15 % mass isobutane may be analyzed. A 0.01 % mass lower limit exists for these compounds. 1.3 This test method may be used for the determination of cut point carbon fraction intervals (para 3.1.3) of live crude oils and condensates from initial boiling point (IBP) to 391 C (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: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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    Work Item Status

    Date Initiated:

    Technical Contact:
    Dan Wispinski


    D02 (15-02)

    Ballot Item Approved as D8003-2015 and Pending Publication