N621 - Introduction to Petroleum Refinery Processing and Bitumen Upgrading

Course Overview
This popular, long-running three-day course presents an overview of the modern, integrated petroleum refinery. Each refining process is presented covering configuration, operating description and conditions, feedstock and catalyst selection, stream yields and properties, process parameter relationships and their effect on unit performance and yields. The impact of each process on environmental regulations and pollution control is also discussed. Crude oil properties and assays are reviewed. Current and anticipated future worldwide fuel product specifications are presented. The effects of changes in crude oil source and supply, in particular bitumen and shale oil, as well as shifting product demand and import/export balances on future refinery operation is also discussed. Oil sands bitumen and heavy oil properties, upgrader projects and their process flowsheets to produce "synthetic crude oil" and refinery feeds are presented.
Participants will learn to:
•	Identify key characteristics and variables of crude oil, and other gas and liquid feed streams supply for refineries. 
•	Recognize how bitumen properties differ from typical crude oils 
•	List and describe the possible refinery product streams, and marketed product properties. 
•	Describe the principle components of a refinery. 
•	Explain refinery operations. 
•	Understand catalytic cracking, catalytic reforming, isomerization, and alkylation principles. 
•	Describe hydroprocessing and processes for making hydrogen, recovering sulfur, making lube oil and upgrading 
•	Understand how bitumen upgraders differ from crude oil refineries and why 
•	Describe the principle refinery process components chosen for existing or planned upgraders 
•	Understand pollution control requirements. 
•	Use petroleum refining terminology. 
•	Discuss worldwide trends in refined product supply and demand.

A complete set of course materials and lunches are included.

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Course Syllabus
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Course Outline
  • The Refinery Flow Plan – Configuration, Vocabulary, Streams, What Goes Where and Why
  • Hydrocarbon Chemistry – How Paraffins, Olefins, Naphthenes and Aromatics Differ
  • Crude Oil – Properties and Assays, What’s Different About Bitumen and Shale Oil
  • Fuel Products – Gasoline, Jet, Fuel Oil and Diesel Specifications: Today and Tomorrow
  • Atmospheric and Vacuum Distillation
  • Fluid Catalytic Cracking, Including Role in Diesel and Propylene Markets
  • Catalytic Reforming
  • Aromatics Recovery for BTX Petrochemical Feedstocks
  • Isomerization, Alkylation and Polymer Gasoline
  • Hydroprocessing – Hydrotreating and Hydrocracking Applications
  • Hydrogen Production
  • Hydrogen Sulfide Removal (Amine Treating) and Sulfur Recovery (Claus)
  • Vacuum Resid Properties
  • Vacuum Resid Processes – Visbreaking, Solvent Deasphalting, Coking, Hydrocracking
  • Bitumen Properties
  • Bitumen (Tar Sand Oil) Upgrader Projects
  • Upgrader Flowsheets – Process Selection and Synthetic Crude Oil Quality
  • Pollution Control Overview – Waste Water, Stacks

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Marvin Rakow is President of EDU-TECH Management Resources, a consultant services organization in technical training, business development, marketing and R&D to the petroleum, petrochemicals, and specialty chemicals industries. He held various technical and management positions with two major oil companies and was previously Senior Vice President for Hydrocarbon Research, Inc. (HRI), responsible for all technical groups and the operation of HRI's R&D Center, including technology commercialization for the petroleum/petrochemicals industries. He has presented technical courses and webinars for more than three decades.

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Participant Evaluations
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April 11, 2019, Account Manager, Calgary
April 12, 2019, Petroleum Quality Supervisor, Calgary
Very thorough, good overview for those new to the refining process.
April 12, 2019, Assessment Advisor, Calgary
This was a great course. The instructor went through the refinery processes at a high level and was very engaging.
April 15, 2019, Director, Reifnery Sales, Calgary
Overall, training was very relevant for the non technical.
June 7, 2018, Engineering Team Lead, Calgary
Exceptional course with a great overview of refining and upgrading. A must for anybody new to the industry or looking to refresh your memory.
June 7, 2018, Technical Manager, Calgary
Coming from a mechanical engineering background this course was just the right amount of chemistry to make me feel confident, but not so much that I felt lost and overwhelmed.
June 11, 2018, Technical Account Manager, Calgary
This course had met my expectations in terms of contents and value for money. Instructor had excellent teaching skills and was answering all specific questions.
June 11, 2018, Project Engineer, Calgary
excellent course
June 11, 2018, Technical Account Manager, Calgary
Excellent packing for high level knowledge and understanding of oil refining!
May 1, 2017, E.I.T. - Reliability, Calgary
My job often requires or is greatly enhanced by having a non-expert-level understanding of petroleum refining processes, but I didn't receive that as part of my formal education (Mechanical Engineering), which is why I took this course. I highly recommend this course to anyone in a similar situation. The instructor (Marv) was extremely knowledgeable and was able to answer any question we could come up with. As a result of this course, I feel much more confident in my ability to discuss and apply this knowledge to my job as a reliability engineer.
May 4, 2017, Market Analyst, Calgary
The instructor is very experienced & knowledgeable in all areas of refineries. I would suggest only those with strong technical backgrounds in engineering or chemistry take this course as it is very technically detailed
April 21, 2016, Trading Analyst, Calgary
Very imformative course. The instructor really understood the ins and out of the refining business.
November 6, 2014, GHG Reporting Specialist, Calgary
This is a great course for individuals looking for a general overview of the refining and upgrading industry that gets into enough technical detail to have a better appreciation for the complexities and challenges faced by that industry.
June 6, 2014, Business Analyst, Calgary
Refinery Processing and Bitumen Upgrading provides a well rounded understanding of refinery optionality from a chemical and mechanical engineering standpoint. Provides a good understanding of the operational complications refineries face from feedstock to finished products.
June 11, 2014, Program Engineer, Calgary
This was a great course, being new to the industry - this course gave me a good overview of petroleum processing. Very detailed and informative class.
November 6, 2013, Business Development Analyst, Calgary
This couse provided practical overeview knowledge of refinery and uprading process. The use of real examples from the refinery and upgrading industries were useful in providing a greater understanding of why and what process units exsist in both the upgrading and refiniery plants.
November 7, 2013, Application Engineer, Calgary
A great overview of all of the various process used in refinery operations and upgrading. Presented in an accomodating way for those of us who are not Chemical Engineers.