Total Quality Assurance provider Intertek on Wednesday (6 March) said it has launched the first independent crude oil, fuel testing and petroleum products laboratory in Iraq.
The new 1,300 square feet 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, it says.
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.
“As the demand for Assurance services in Iraq grows, we are delighted to have achieved an industry first in opening this laboratory,” said Matthew Skinner, Intertek Regional Managing Director Gulf and Pakistan.
“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.”
Published: 8 March, 2019
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