Oil & petrochemicals

Oil & petrochemicals 

Oil and Gas Supply Chain - Optimization of oil and gas refining, trade and marketing through advanced inspections and inspection-related testing.

Bureau Veritas offers inspection, testing and consulting services at all key loading, unloading and ship to ship (STS) sites in Africa. Through an extensive network of state-of-the-art laboratories, inspectors and expert technicians, we are able to provide a reliable determination of quality and quantity, as well as the local and global industry knowledge that is necessary to promote commercial success. We also assist our clients in the management of their downstream oil activities with loss control and quality monitoring within their distribution networks.


business challenges

The oil and gas industry is facing new challenges.

Industry operators are looking for efficient optimization of costs and supply chain processes. As a result, the speed, accuracy and reliability of support services are becoming more critical than ever.

From tanks to refineries and retail stations, industry operators are looking for strong service providers to help them anticipate and meet the quality, safety, compliance and performance standards of petroleum, gas and chemical products being traded.

our offer

Professional inspection services are essential when custody of the goods is transferred between buyers, sellers and traders.

To ensure a smooth transition, Bureau Veritas has highly qualified technicians in the field in all major transit, commercial and market locations. We offer localized expertise in a range of technologically advanced inspection and sampling services around the world.

Through our extensive network of independent testing facilities, we are able to offer certificates whose integrity is recognized by all contracting parties.

Inspection of freight quantity and quality

From raw materials to finished products, independent third-party cargo inspections help customers protect their financial, brand and legal interests throughout the supply chain. Freight inspections help to minimize the risk of loss of goods, identify products and shipments that may contain non-standard or non-compliant products and ensure that they meet regulatory, customer and industry standards.

The products and materials we regularly test and inspect include crude oil, gasoline, middle distillates, jet fuel, heavy fuel oil, bunker fuels, bitumen, raw materials, LPG, LNG, chemicals and petrochemicals, chemical gases.

Analytical services

Bureau Veritas' state-of-the-art facilities are equipped with state-of-the-art analytical equipment and staff composed of highly qualified master chemists and technicians, providing accurate results to the main players in the industry.

Our laboratories are committed to a continuous improvement process to ensure the constant application of best practices in terms of accuracy, speed, traceability and efficiency. Our global technical governance team monitors the laboratory's operations to ensure the reliability and repeatability of test results.

Ship fuel services - Fuel verification

VeriFuel is a new Bureau Veritas test program designed for today's marine industry that will set the future benchmark for marine fuel testing. Developed by a team of industry experts, both from the users and suppliers of the sampled market, the program was designed to address the challenges faced by ship operators in the current complex environment.

Bureau Veritas can provide bunker fuel quantity studies worldwide by IFIA / Energy Institute (formerly IP) certified inspectors operating under a certified quality system. Our expertise and integrity help us get the right amount of fuel, avoiding shortages and claims. This can be achieved through our pre-delivery quality tests (complete or key) of the fuel that take place at the supplier's premises.

Oil condition monitoring (OCM)

Bureau Veritas operates OCM laboratories worldwide. Our test slates identify wear and contamination trends and identify changes in the physical properties of lubricants, fuels and coolants to improve equipment reliability.

A global reporting platform is available, which will help our clients to manage their assets in a consistent way, compare their performance and monitor proactive and corrective actions. The value we place on our clients is not only to provide them with figures, but also to give them meaning, clarify complexity and provide them with recommendations that will save you money.

Outsourcing of laboratories

Bureau Veritas has carried out numerous laboratory outsourcing projects worldwide on behalf of major global oil and gas groups.

Outsourcing the operation of your facilities to Bureau Veritas can significantly reduce operating and capital costs. We will help you improve your quality control by implementing rigorous audit programs and using the resources available within our broader laboratory network, such as compliance and quality management.

In addition, outsourcing the laboratory can lead to increased investments in new technologies, which reduces turnaround times and costs per unit of analysis.

Fuel quality monitoring in distribution networks and ground transportation loss control services

Bureau Veritas provides fuel sampling and testing services dedicated to distribution station networks and storage facility networks to ensure that fuels always meet market specifications up to the very end of the supply chain.

Controlling losses in a land transport environment as is generally the case in Africa is a key issue for marketing organizations. The determination of the quantity loaded into tank trucks or tank cars at a specific standard temperature, comparison with the quantity unloaded, loss control investigations, electronic sealing of valves and hatches are regularly carried out by Bureau Veritas to ensure that our customer's business remains profitable.

Bureau Veritas is a member of the following international organization and standards

  • American Petroleum Institute
  • American Standard Testing Methods
  • Energy Institute
  • European Committee for Standardization
  • Federation of Oils, Seeds and Fats Associations
  • International Air Transport Association
  • International Council of Machinery Lubrication
  • International Federation of Inspection Agencies
  • International Methanol Producers and Consumers Association
  • Society of Port Engineers
  • Society of Tribologists & Lubrication Engineers
  • Standards : ISO 17025, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 18001