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Expanded Trace Metals Analysis and Catalytic Fines Testing capabilities in the Deer Park Fuel and Petroleum Laboratory.

The SGS Deer Park Texas laboratory announces the addition of several new trace analysis testing capabilities, supporting customers in the petroleum and petrochemical industries.

  • Aqueous Trace Metals Analysis: 

The SGS Deer Park lab has acquired a new PerkinElmer Avio® 500 ICP-OES, dedicated to aqueous trace metal analysis. An existing PerkinElmer Optima® 8300 ICP-OES provides organic trace metals analysis. Utilizing Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectroscopy, these state-of-the-art analytical instruments are dedicated to ppm trace metals analysis for customer samples. 

  • Early Detection of Catalyst Fines Contamination in Fuel Oils:

The SGS Deer Park lab is now has testing for the presence of catalytic fines (catfines) contamination in heavy fuel oils. This portable test can also be used by SGS personnel in the field. Detection levels allow for the measurement of catfines contamination to less than 50 ppm, 100 ppm,  and 200 ppm, depending upon the fuel tested. For example, the  ISO-8217 limit for the presence of catfines in heavy fuel oil (HFO) is 60ppm.

Heavy fuel oil used for large marine engines may become contaminated with hard particles known as catalytic fines, or "catfines". Catfines particles have the potential to abrasively damage engine cylinder liners during the combustion process, resulting in expensive downtime and repairs. The advent of low-sulfur fuel oils has increased the risk for the presence of excessive catalyst fine particles, which have the potential to cause severe engine problems.

SGS offers a rapid onsite or laboratory based catalytic fines testing services, which quickly identify HFO samples that may be contaminated with high levels of cat fines before the fuel has been pumped aboard. The new test is capable of identifying fuel samples that have a cat fine concentration of less than 60 ppm (Al + Si), exceeding the limit recommended by ISO 8217:2012. Depending upon when testing occurs, SGS catfines test results can provide the ship with vital fuel quality information before taking on fuel and setting sail, avoiding major problems later on.   

Learn More:

For more information on Aqueous Trace Metals Analysis and Catalyst Fines Contamination Testing in Fuel Oils, please contact Erik Holladay at, or call SGS at 281-479-7170 or 833-308-3934.