Listed below are some of the highly specialized tests which Petrojam is equipped to perform:
- Octane Testing
These tests are carried out with two American Society for Testing Material and Cooperative Fuels Research (ASTM-CFR) engines which rate motor gasoline to determine Research Octane Number (RON) and Motor Octane Number (MON) respectively. Road Octane at the gas pump is the average of RON and MON.
Precision and repeatability of data are maintained at high levels by good maintenance and regular standardization of engines.
Measurement of octane level is critical for ensuring that there is optimum performance of petrol engine driven motor vehicles.
The Lab has a complement of seven gas chromatographs which are used in the analysis of Liquefied Petroleum Gases (LPG), Hydrogen, , Gasoline, Ethanol. These units are fitted with either thermal conductivity of flame ionization detector.
- Chemical Analysis
Instrumentation used for analyses includes an Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer and a Rotating Disc Electrode Emission Spectrophotometer, X-ray Fluorescence Analyzer, Fourier Transform Infra Red Spectrophotometer for gasoline analysis, Petrojam also has an Ultra Violet Scanning Spectrophotometer for the analysis of organic compounds, boiler feed and waste water.
- Trade Surveys for Fuel Quality and Special Industry Related Testing
The laboratory performs trade surveys from time to time to verify key gasoline and diesel quality. We assist the Bureau of Standards upon request. These results are used by the Bureau of Standards, Ministry of Energy, Mining and Telecommunications, and the Petroleum Marketing Companies to verify that the quality of petroleum purchased by the consumer is not contaminated in transit to them.
- Industrial Hygiene
The laboratory is equipped to monitor health hazards in the work environment. Petrojam has skilled personnel and equipment to conduct the following analysis:
- noise level meters;
- radiation monitor;
- microwave radiation detector;
- Poisonous gas detection, inclusive of
- Hydrogen Sulphide;
- Sulphur Dioxide;
- Carbon monoxide.
We also have portable electronic monitors for oxygen measurement and heat stress and equipment for the monitoring light levels in the workplace.