Crude Oil: Sampling, Testing, and Evaluation

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    New Orleans, LA

    10/26/2015 - 10/28/2015

    Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
    500 Canal Street
    New Orleans, LA 70130

    504-525-2500

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    Learning Outcomes
    By the end of this course you will be able to:

    • Discuss the history of crude oil as it relates to supply and training patterns
    • Define and discuss key terminology
    • Discuss sample protocols
    • Review and discuss case studies


    Who Should Attend

    • Laboratory technicians and chemists responsible for the analysis of crude oil samples for quantity and quality purposes
    • Laboratory technicians and chemists responsible for the analysis of crude oil samples for quantity and quality purposes
    • Refinery personnel responsible for evaluating crude oil to determine their processing characteristics
    • Operating (field) personnel responsible for collecting samples will also benefit from a better understanding of how test results are directly dependent on proper sample collection and handling
    • Traders and buyers involved in sale, purchase, or exchanges of crude oil.


    Course Description
    Registration 8:00-8:30 AM
    Class 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM each day

    Crude oil is the single largest traded commodity in the world. Proper sampling, analysis, and reporting of data according to established standards is of paramount importance, especially with the volatility in price, and the market proliferation of synthetic, high TAN, and extra heavy crude oils. Whether crude oil is refined in the near-term or stored for an extended period, it is fundamentally important that recognized procedures and standards be used in sampling and analysis. This is true from the time crude oil is produced, through transportation and interim storage, until it is ultimately refined. Analytical data must be accurate and reliable as they are the basis for decisions on whether a given crude oil can be effectively processed and yield the desired product slate. These data are also used by engineering personnel in planning refinery upgrades.

    Day 1

    • Crude Oil History; Supply and Trading Patterns
    • Definitions and Terms
    • Quality Variations and Their Causes
    • The Complexities of Crude Oil Composition
    • Sampling Protocols
    • Sampling Containers and Sample Integrity

    Day 2

    • Composition and Classification
    • Inspection Analyses (Cursory Assay)
    • Comprehensive Analyses (Full Assay)
    • Other Important Crude Oils and Fraction Properties
    • Basics of Crude Oil Processing Evaluation
    • Break Out Group Exercises

    Day 3

    • Bituminum and Extra Heavy Crude Oils
    • Crude Oil Quality Case Studies
    • ASTM Crude Oil Proficiency Testing Program
    • Challenges Presented to the Analyst by Heavier, Higher Sulfur Feedstocks and Opportunity Crude Oils
    • Future Needs in Crude Oil Characterization and Analytical Test Method Requirements


    Referenced Documents

    • D 97 Pour Point of Petroleum Products
    • D 287 API Gravity of Crude Petroleum and Petroleum Products (Hydrometer Method)
    • D 323 Vapor Pressure of Petroleum Products (Reid Method)
    • D 445 Kinematic Viscosity of Transparent and Opaque Liquids (and the Calculation of Dynamic Viscosity)
    • D 473 Sediment in Crude Oils and Fuel Oils by the Extraction Method
    • D 664 Acid Number of Petroleum Products by Potentiometric Method
    • D 1298 Density, Relative Density (Specific Gravity), or API Gravity of Crude Petroleum and Liquid Petroleum Products by Hydrometer Method
    • D 2622 Sulfur in Petroleum Products by X-ray Spectrometry
    • D 2892 Standard Test Method for Distillation of Crude Petroleum (15-Theoretical Plate Column)
    • D 3230 Salts in Crude Oil (Electrometric Method)
    • D 3700 Standard Practice for Obtaining LPG Samples Using a Floating Piston Cylinder
    • D 4006 Water in Crude Oil by Distillation
    • D 4007 Water and Sediment in Crude Oil by the Centrifuge Method (Laboratory Procedure)
    • D 4057 Manual Sampling of Petroleum and Petroleum Products
    • D 4177 Automatic Sampling of Petroleum and Petroleum Products
    • D 4294 Sulfur in Petroleum Products by Energy-Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry
    • D 4377 Water in Crude Oil by Potentiometric Karl Fischer Titration
    • D 4530 Determination of Carbon Residue (Micro Method)
    • D 4629 Trace Nitrogenin Liquid Petroleum Hydrocarbons by Syringe/Inlet Oxidative Combustion and Chemiluminescence
    • D 4807 Sediment in Crude Oil by Membrane Filtration


    Fee Includes

    • Course Notes
    • Referenced Documents
    • Certificate Of Attendance
    • 2.1 Continuing Education Units
    • Coffee Breaks


      About the Instructors
      Harry Giles is retired from the U. S. Department of Energy where he was manager of crude oil quality programs for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. He was employed by the DoE for over 30 years, prior to which he held several positions with other U.S. government agencies and the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. He has authored or co-authored a number of articles on crude oil analysis, characterization, storage, and on fuel stability and cleanliness. Giles is a technical advisor to ASTM for their Crude Oil Interlaboratory Crosscheck Program (ILCP). Currently, he is Executive Director of the Crude Oil Quality Association.


      About Sponsoring Committee
      Organized in 1898, ASTM is one of the world's largest voluntary standards development organizations. ASTM standards have grown to be among the world's most widely used and accepted documents. The 82-volume Annual Book of ASTM Standards (available on CD ROM) contain 12,000 standards written by 34,000 members on our 140 technical committees. Committee D02 on Petroleum Products, Liquid Fuels, and Lubricants developed the standards used in this course. For more information, contact Alyson Fick at (610) 832-9710 or go to our D02 technical committee page.


      ASTM Membership
      Attend this course and receive a FREE 1-year membership to ASTM International and Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants. (Applies to new members only and may not be used to renew existing memberships)


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      How Learning Will Be Assessed
      Learning will be assessed through a series of question and answer sessions.