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HomeRisk ManagementCommodity TradingOil, Gas & ChemicalsLaboratory ServicesDistillate Oil Testing
Increasing environmental awareness and more stringent legislation, combined with the push towards the high efficiency use of fossil fuels and rocketing demand have all had a fundamental impact on what we trade as middle distillates. Ultra low sulfur, low temperature performance, high cetane and ultra clean fuels are now the norm, something that could simply not have been predicted as little at 15 years ago.
The combination of a product in high demand and increasingly stringent materials quality criteria means that traders active in this space are in need of effective risk management tools on each cargo. While rewards are potentially good, even the most minor of problems can easily prove costly.
The middle distillate market covers a range of traded goods, including both finished products and intermediates/blending components such as:
The most significant issues facing any actor in the supply chain in this sector are:
When performed on individual batches or components will allow the trader to calculate if value add can be engineered by the following in order to comply with local delivery requirements:
SGS provides a genuine network solution. We offer:
SGS sits on several key industry bodies, standards organizations and technical working groups. These include those within ISO, CEN, ASTM, EI (The Energy Institute, previously known as the Institute of Petroleum) and IFIA.All SGS trade inspections on oil, gas and chemical cargoes are conducted in keeping with core petroleum and petrochemical standards such as UOP, ASTM, API, MPMS, GOST, EN or IP test methods and specifications set out by ISO, CEN or other national and local standards organizations. We can also use bespoke or client-specific methods if required. We are happy to advise our clients on selecting the most appropriate standards to cite and/or use as a means of supporting effective risk management. SGS also offers technical support to assist in all matters relating to working practices, technologies and standards.
Find out more about distillate oil testing from SGS.