Southern Petroleum Laboratories, Inc.

SPL is a corporation founded in 1944 to provide quality services to clients in the oil and gas industry. As environmental concerns and analytical technology continue to expand, SPL continually develops the capabilities and resources to provide the same quality services to clients in the environmental field. SPL environmental laboratories are fully equipped and staffed to provide analyses of environmental samples according to the appropriate methodologies and protocols. Results of these analyses are used to meet the investigatory, regulatory, and legal requirements of clients. As an independent commercial testing laboratory corporation, SPL provides services to a wide spectrum of clients. Our clients include those of various industrial concerns, consultants, regulatory, and governmental agencies. In addition to the routine services provided by most commercial environmental laboratories, SPL can also provide technical expertise to the petroleum and petrochemical industries.

Company details

8850 Interchange Drive, , Houston , Texas 77054 USA

Locations Served

Business Type:
Industry Type:
Oil, Gas & Refineries
Market Focus:
Internationally (various countries)

Our One-Source Service Partner philosophy is what sets us apart and it’s what you deserve.
SPL takes great pride in the unrivaled service, value, and peace of mind that we provide through our collaborative approach to service offerings.  With our extensive experience comes a unique ability to offer streamlined, turnkey services that ensure accurate results and a successful outcome.

What does this mean for you?
It means that SPL can provide complete and integrated services in the areas of petroleum testing, field and measurement services, allocations, accounting, audit and loss control, and production data management. It means one point of contact for streamlined management and efficiency across all departments. It means complete transparency and accountability for accurate data transfer and reliable results. It means that with SPL, you have a true One-Source Service Partner.

Recognized as a leader in the hydrocarbon testing industry for over 70 years, SPL has performed work throughout the United States as well as international markets. SPL’s network currently includes facilities located in Houston, Venus, Carthage, and Pleasanton, Texas; Traverse City, Michigan; Belle Chasse and Carencro, Louisiana; and Laurel, Mississippi.

Our technical staff is available to provide proper methodology and other consulting services.

A history of leadership.  A future of growth.

Southern Petroleum Laboratories was founded in 1944 by W.A. (“Dubb”) Frier, a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in chemical engineering and a recognized authority in his field.  Operating under the name W.A. Frier and Company, the firm initially provided only well testing services to the petroleum industry.  Two years later,petroleum testing and natural gas analysis were added to the firm’s list of services and the company’s name was changed to Southern Petroleum Laboratories, Inc.

During the 1950’s and 1960’s, SPL expanded both in its service offering and in geographic reach.  Herb Brown was hired in 1957 as the manager of the Carthage, TX and Lafayette, LA facilities.  Following Dubb’s death in 1972, Herb was appointed president and chief executive officer of SPL.  During Herb’s 55-year tenure, he continued to develop the list of services offered –growing SPL into a multi-million dollar company with ten laboratory facilities, multiple service divisions, and a solid reputation as one of the premiere hydrocarbon testing and measurement companies in the United States.

Today, led by Herb’s son, Christopher Brown, and a team of respected experts in petroleum testing, measurement, data management, and allocation, SPL is recognized globally as the industry leader in oil and gas measurement,allocations, auditing, and laboratory services.

In keeping with our firm belief in transparency and partnership, SPL extends an open invitation to visit any of our facilities to see our state-of-the-art equipment and speak with our highly-trained professionals. At SPL, you will always receive a warm welcome.