Intertek launches first independent hydrocarbon laboratory in Iraq

Intertek launches first independent oil laboratory in IraqIntertek, a total quality assurance provider to industries, has launched the first independent crude oil, fuel testing and petroleum products laboratory in Iraq

The new hydrocarbon laboratory, located in the port of Khor Al Zubair, will support the increased demand for quality assurance solutions in the petroleum industry across Iraq and will soon be offering octane engine fuel testing of gasoline for the first time in the country.

The launch of the 1,300 square feet laboratory enables 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 Khor Al Zubair port are vital to fuel imports and exports in Iraq and allow direct access for crude carriers, refiners, distributors and trading companies.

Based on the new oil storage terminal of SKA Energy, the laboratory represents a significant investment in the oil and gas industry in Iraq. The laboratory will deliver sample testing and services for the downstream oil and gas and aviation sectors, offering a wide range of services to the petroleum and related industries.

It will provide detailed analysis and testing of crude oil, naphtha and gasoline that will help clients to maintain or improve fuel quality to meet commercial and regulatory specifications. The facility will offer 24/7 operations and support for troubleshooting.

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 to 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,” he added.

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