Within the oil and gas industry, hydrocarbon liquids such as crude oil, condensates, and oil and water mixtures must be sampled to yield representative samples for analysis. The resulting data is used for quality control, to determine product properties and composition, and for fiscal calculations, allocations and loss control.
In addition to complying with custody transfer standards such as API 8.2 and ASTM D 4177, the advantages of representative sampling include:
- Higher return on investment
- Better loss control
- Lower operating costs