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Operating at various Skypec branches in Northern Regional, Middle Regional, Southern Regional Vietnam are 4 test laboratories where fuel quality is strictly tested up to international and national standards, and in accordance with “air fuel quality requirements of the joint operation system” (AFQRJOS) imposed by JIG before delivery to the customers.
1.    Functions of the test laboratories:
-    Conduct in-house inspection, control and test to ensure that the quality of Jet A-1 air fuel complies with all requirements laid down in the Transport Ministry’s Circular 04/2018/TT-BGTVT, and in the set of standards JIG (JIG 1, JIG 2, EI/JIG 1530) in the supply chain from the oil refinery to the aircraft.
-    Provide Jet-A air fuel test service to outside customers within the capacity accredited in the certified registration to conduct tests in compliance with the regulations specified in the government Decree107/2016/NĐ-CP. 
  2.    Capacity of the test laboratories:
-    All 4 laboratories are accredited by the Accreditation Office for Standards Conformity Assessment Capacity (AOSC) to meet standard ISO/IEC 17025:2017.

No. Locations Accredited
01 Tan Son Nhat International Airport VLAT – 1.168
02 Noi Bai International Airport VLAT – 2.168
03 Da Nang International Airport  VLAT – 3.168
04  Cam Ranh International Airport VLAT – 4.168

-    Accredited test methods: 11 test methods are accredited with “re-testing capacity” to test Jet A-1 air fuel for turbine jet.

No. Name of specific test  Methods

1.

Standard Practice for Manual Sampling of Petroleum and Petroleum Products. ASTM
D4057-12

2.

Standard Test Method for Free Water, Particulate and Other Contamination (Visual Inspection Procedure)  ASTM
D6986-03 
(2016)
3. Standard Test Method for Saybolt Color of Petroleum Products  ASTM
D156–15
Standard Test Method for Color of Petroleum Products by Automatic Tristimulus method  ASTM
D6045–12
4. Standard Test Methods for Flash Point by Small Scale Closed Cup Tester ASTM
D3828-16a
Standard Test Methods for Flash Point by Abel -Closed Cup IP 170/14
(ISO 13736:2013)
5. Standard Test Method for Density, Relative Density, or API Gravity of Crude Petroleum and Liquid Petroleum Products by Hydrometer Method  ASTM
D1298–12b
6. Standard test method for gum content in fuels by jet evaporation ASTM
D381–12
7. Standard test methods for electrical conductivity of aviation and distillate fuels ASTM
D2624–15
8. Standard test method for determining water separation characteristics of aviation turbine fuels by portable separometer ASTM
D3948-14
9. Distillation of Petroleum Products and Liquid Fuels at Atmospheric Pressure ASTM
D86 – 18
10. Standard Test Method for Freezing point ASTM
D2386–18
Standard Test Method for Freezing point  ASTM
D2386–18
11. Standard Test Method for Corrosiveness To Copper by Copper Strip Test ASTM
D130 – 18

+    Inspection of auxiliary tests

No. Name of specific test Methods
1. Test of particulate in petroleum by millipore filtering   ASTM 
D2276
2. Quick test of microorganism in petroleum  Set of HY - LITE
Test of microorganism in petroleum by a culture of microorganism in laboratory. Set of Microb – Monitor 2

-    Related activities of the test laboratories:
+    Yearly: All 4 test laboratories undergo in-house assessment up to standard ISO/IEC 17025:2017 and subject to assessment and supervision by the accrediting agency.
+    Every 2 years: Attending international proficiency test organized in 2 cycles by ASTM.
+    Every 5 years: Undergoing re-assessment by the accrediting agency.