Intertek testing used to enhance crude oil rail transportation safety


Per DOT Emergency Restriction / Prohibition Order, tests must be able to determine the crude oil's flash point, boiling point, corrosivity to steel and aluminum, and more. Intertek, the leading quality solutions provider to industries worldwide, provides a range of physical property testing services required to comply with the recent United States government order mandating proper testing and classification of crude oil, prior to being offered into railcar transportation.

Per the DOT Emergency Restriction / Prohibition Order, the tests conducted must be able to determine the crude oil's flash point, boiling point, corrosivity to steel and aluminum, presence and content of compounds such as sulfur and hydrogen sulfide, percentage presence of flammable gases, and the vapor pressure at 50°C.

“Intertek is ready to provide the appropriate testing services and offer guidance regarding the recently released DOT Emergency Restriction/Prohibition order. This information represents Intertek’s current interpretation of the order. The regulatory situation may evolve as the issues are being discussed within industry groups and US DOT,” said Jeff Kaylor, Vice President Central Region. “Testing will help to ensure that crude oil for shipment by rail has been classified, described, and packaged in accordance with the appropriate Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR).”

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