Crude Oil: Sampling, Testing, and Evaluation

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    San Francisco, CA

    10/27/2014 - 10/29/2014

    Holiday Inn Express & Suites
    Fisherman's Wharf
    550 North Point Street
    San Francisco, CA

    415-409-4600

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    How You Will Benefit
    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.


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

    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


    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.


    Free 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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