AMERICAN PETROLEUM INSTITUTE DESCRIPTION | API

Logo API Since we start our petroleum career or another linked to this we listen about API and one of first ideas that we understand about API is a measure unit that measures the petroleum quality; but the concept goes beyond because API is not only a simply number, API is a great institution that enlarges around the petroleum industry world born in the U.S. For instance, the service of this Institute in the petroleum industry includes: legal representations, researches, standards (an well-known point), certifications (a variety and very important for industry procedures), events and more. Well, here we’ll go with a further description.
The American Petroleum Institute (API) is the only national trade association that represents all aspects of America’s oil and natural gas industry. It has nearly 400 corporate members, from the largest major oil company to the smallest of independents, come from all segments of the industry such as producers, refiners, suppliers, pipeline operators and marine transporters, as well as service and supply companies that support all segments of the industry.

Today API is recognized around the world for its broad range of programs:
1. Advocacy
API speaks for the oil and natural gas industry to the public, Congress and the Executive Branch, state governments and the media. They negotiate with regulatory agencies, represent the industry in legal proceedings, etc.

2. Research and Statistics
API conducts or sponsors research from economic analyses and maintains publish statistics and data on all aspects of U.S. industry operations, including supply and demand for various products, imports and exports, drilling activities and costs, and well completions. API’s Weekly Statistical Bulletin is the most recognized publication.

3. Standards (Normas API)
For more than 75 years, API has led the development of petroleum and petrochemical equipment and operating standards. API maintains more than 500 standards and recommended practices. Many have been incorporated into state and federal regulations; and increasingly, they’re also being adopted by the International Organization for Standardization, a global federation of more than 100 standards groups.

4. Certification
Designed for manufacturers of production, drilling, and refinery equipment, the API Monogram Program verifies that manufacturers are operating in compliance with industry standards. API also provides quality, environmental, and occupational health and safety management systems certification through APIQR. This service is accredited by the ANAB (ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board) for ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. Let APIQR’s industry expertise certify your organization to API Spec Q1, ISO/TS 29001 and OHS 18001.

API also certifies inspectors of industry equipment through our Individual Certification Programs, designed to recognize working professionals who are knowledgeable of industry inspection codes and are performing their jobs in accordance with those codes. Through our Witnessing Programs, API provides knowledgeable and experienced witnesses to observe critical material and equipment testing and verification. API’s Training Provider Certification Program provides third-party certification for a variety of oil and gas industry training courses, further ensuring that any training provided meets industry needs.

In helping to improve industry safety, API WorkSafe™ is a service station contractor safety qualification program that identifies personnel who have received training for and passed on-line standardized exams covering the latest service station industry safety practices.

For consumers, API provides the API’s Engine Oil Licensing and Certification System (EOLCS). It is a voluntary licensing and certification program that authorizes engine oil marketers who meet specified requirements to use the API Engine Oil Quality Marks. These emblems go directly on each container of oil that retains the certification for and is there to help consumers identify quality engine oils for their gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles.

5. Education
API organizes seminars, workshops, conferences and symposia on public policy issues. Through API University, provides training materials to help people in the oil and natural gas business meet regulatory requirements and industry standards.

API has entered petroleum industry nomenclature in:

API gravity, a measure of the density of petroleum.
API number, a unique identifier applied to each petroleum exploration or production well drilled in the United States.
API unit, a standard measure of natural gamma radiation measured in a borehole.

Source: api.org

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