IBy Emily Aasand
Inspectorate, a core part of Bureau Veritas Commodities Division, has opened a new analytical testing facility in Williston, N.D., which specializes in the analysis of crude oil and gas production from the Bakken shale play in North Dakota.
Bureau Veritas also provides meter verification services for Williston and the surrounding areas. Meter verification ensures that both the government and the land owner are getting accurate representation of what is being pulled out of the ground, and that royalty payments are accurate.
“For my group, we provide gas testing in Williston, N.D., to ensure either compliance with regulations or compliance with the new department of transportation regulation,” said Neil Chapman, Operations Director for Bureau Veritas’ Commodities Division. “We are heavily involved in making sure the fuel is tested correctly to ensure the correct packaging group is applied for that oil movement.”
The recent focus on Bakken crude has put this testing facility in even higher demand. Companies want to know what the composition of the oil is in order to place an appropriate value on it, according to Chapman.
“We’re there as an independent third party to verify the quantity and the quality of the oil that is sold between operating parties,” Chapman said.