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Crude oil samples for purchase online

by warren | May 03, 2013 16:39 03 May 16:39 | #7222 | #7222

While we definitely want to be testing crude samples from known oil spills, having reference samples is also important to testing for petroleum contamination. This company (http://onta.com/) sells small vials of different types of crude oil which you can buy online. I haven't ordered any yet but would love to compare laser or UV fluorescence with this vs. one of our samples.

The "basic oil" set is only $5, or ~$10 shipped!


It occurred to me in talking with @stevie that samples we collect ought to be treated as "unknowns" -- i think these mail-order samples are directly from the wellhead, so are pretty credible, although it'd be great to know more about how they collect them.

Anyone interested in buying Nigerian BLCO crude oil sample?

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Update: photo of the samples from Crude Oil Set #1:


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Crude Oil Set # 1 shows the basic differences between petroleums / crude oils. This set comes with an information sheet and these 6 petroleum / crude oil samples: Paraffinic (light, sweet), Paraffinic-Naphthenic (light-medium, sweet-sour), Naphthenic (medium, sour), Aromatic- Intermediate (medium-heavy, sour), Aromatic-Naphthenic (heavy, sour), Aromatic-Asphaltic (extra-heavy, sour). To buy Crude Oil Set # 1 at $14.95 U.S. each, press the "Add to Cart"

Excited to prepare these with the steps at Oil Testing Kit at the event on July 31!

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