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Petroleum laboratories from the region apply the European standards

Petroleum laboratories from the region apply the European standards

Ohrid, 10.05.2018) – How to increase the cooperation and to follow the latest technical achievements in the field of oil laboratories was the main topic of the 7th Regional Symposium of Petroleum Laboratories. The symposium was attended by 65 representatives from more than 30 laboratories and other organizations and institutions from all over the region.

Organizers of this year’s, seventh consecutive symposium, were the largest domestic companies in the oil sector, OKTA and Makpetrol. Besides the laboratories of OKTA and Makpetrol, the event was attended by laboratories from Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Albania, Kosovo, and for the first time there were representatives from Greece, as well. During the event, several lectures, debates and discussions were held, through which the participants had the opportunity to share their knowledge and experience regarding the latest trends and techniques in the field of the quality of oil and oil derivatives analysis. All of this will have a significant contribution in optimizing the working processes of the laboratories and will provide a higher level of quality of the services they offer.

“The laboratories are constantly facing various challenges, such as reducing operating costs, examining the characteristics of the products according to the rigorous European methods and standards, following of the latest technical achievements in the production of laboratory equipment, appliances and instruments and their maintenance, compliance and application of the legal regulations for environmental protection. This symposium helps us to face all these challenges together and with less difficulties” – said Ice Rikaloski, Operations Director in OKTA AD - Skopje.

The laboratories from the region have demonstrated their commitment for cooperation by conducting two joint analyzes on same samples of two different oil derivatives and by comparing the obtained results, in accordance with the European standards. Through this project, the smaller laboratories had the opportunity to additionally check their methods, results, instruments and operators, without causing high expenses. Several laboratories from the region participated in environmental protection projects, implemented by international institutions, through quality control of oil derivatives prior to their release on the market.