Introduction to Petroleum Refinery Processing (3 Day)

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 will also be discussed.

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
  • Pollution Control Overview – Waste Water, Stacks
  • Support Facilities – Boilers, Cooling Towers, Flares, Process Control

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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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June 27, 2014, Bitumen manufacturing specialist, London
A very good introduction to refinery operation, presented in a clear and understandable way, I would recommend to anyone who needs to understand the basics of how and why refineries are configured and how products are produced.
June 30, 2014, Scheduler, London
A very informative course. I found that I left with a very good understanding of how each process unit on the refinery worked and how they fit in to the refining process. A good link and overview for a non technical person working with technical people.
July 4, 2014, Scheduler, London
This course was very well presented. The Instructor took time to ensure that every attendee understood each stage, before moving onto the next one. Even though he was very knowledgeable on the subject, he explained everything in a way that was very easy to understand. I think that anyone starting out in the Petroleum Industry would benefit from this course.