Testing is essential for high-quality oil and gas production during upstream, midstream, and downstream oil and gas processes. Testing for composition, purity, and contaminants are required for seamless production, trading, and distribution. The diverse analysis of contaminants ensures the performance of catalysts, prevents equipment corrosion, and assures high quality and purity of the oil and gas used in a variety of industries.
Petrochemical analysis can be challenging due to its difficult matrices, wide range of contaminants, and sensitivity requirements. Here we discuss the analytical tools and technologies that allow accurate and precise analysis of different analytes so that product quality during all the necessary steps of production is under proper control. We include examples for how instruments are used in oil and gas testing and analysis according to different analysis methods, such as ASTM and GPA methods.
On this page you will find information about testing petroleum, natural gas, industrial water, biofuels, and oil and gas pipeline testing using ICP-OES, IC, GC, GC-MS, and LC-MS technologies according to different analytical methods, such as ASTM and GPA methods.
Standard methods from regulatory agencies like the GPA, ASTM and ISO ensure product quality and safety and that environmental requirements are satisfied. Find specific regulatory standards here as categorized by analyte, carbon number and boiling point.
Petroleum testing involves the analytical testing from crude oil to refined petroleum products. Testing occurs in all three processing stages: upstream, midstream, and downstream.
Natural gas testing refers to the analysis of specific gases and gas mixtures produced in the production well according to industrial standards, such as ASTM, GPA, UOP, and DIN.
The industrial water in oil and gas production ensures the refinery process proceeds seamlessly with proper control of contaminants. Testing procedures include the use, treatment, and analysis of scrubber solutions, boiling/cooler water, and wastewater.
Biofuels, including bioalcohol and biodiesel, are solid, liquid, or gas fuels derived from biomaterials. Feedstock characterization and fermentation monitoring are necessary for high-quality biofuels.
Equipment failure in the oil and gas pipeline can lead to economic loss, human injury and loss of life. Increasingly stringent industrial safety regulations require testing of component materials used throughout the plants.