Intertek launched a crude oil, fuel testing and petroleum products laboratory in Iraq on the port of Khor al Zubair for quality assurance solutions in the petroleum industry.
The quality assurance company said the new hydrocarbon laboratory will soon be able to conduct engine fuel testing of gasoline, which Intertek said will be a first for Iraq.
The launch of the 1,300 square feet laboratory allows Intertek to offer its services in this fast-growing market and in this highly strategic location. Khor Al Zubair incorporates industrial areas that are home to several petrochemical and other companies that will benefit from the proximity of the laboratory services to their operations. The nine jetties in the port of Khor Al Zubair are vital for fuel imports and exports in Iraq and enable direct access for crude carriers, refiners, distributors and trade companies.
Based within SKA Energy’s new oil storage terminal, the laboratory represents a significant investment in the Iraq oil and gas industry. Offering a wide range of services for the petroleum and related industries, the laboratory will deliver sample testing, and services for the downstream oil and gas and aviation sectors. It will also provide detailed crude oil, naphtha and gasoline quality analysis and testing, which helps clients maintain or improve fuel quality to meet commercial and regulatory specifications.
Matthew Skinner, Intertek regional managing director Gulf and Pakistan, said: “As the demand for Assurance services in Iraq grows, we are delighted to have achieved an industry first in opening this laboratory. Our new facility in Khor Al Zubair allows us to cater for the needs of numerous parties operating within the oil and gas industry in Iraq, providing our customers with systemic Total Quality Assurance Solutions. Local companies can now obtain lab reports to help them assess their fuels in accordance with industry international standards, at a shorter turnaround time. This launch is a great example of Intertek’s commitment to expanding its network to better serve the needs of its customers.”