N605 - Introduction to Petroleum Refinery Processing (2 Day)

Quick Facts for this Event
Date: Nov 12 - 13, 2019
Length: 2 days (8:30 AM - 4:30 PM)
Location: Houston, TX
Delivery Method: Classroom Training
CEU: 1.6 Continuing Education Units
PDH: 16 Professional Development Hours
Certificate: Certificate Issued Upon Completion
Fee: $ 1,950 USD
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Course Description
This popular, long-running two-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.

Participants will learn to:

•  Identify key characteristics and variables of crude oil, and other gas and liquid feed streams supply for refineries. 
•  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 resid. 
•  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.

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, 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 Processes – Visbreaking, Solvent Deasphalting, Coking, Hydrocracking
  • 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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November 9, 2017, Industrial Account Executive, Houston
Excellent two day overview, with plenty of detail, well paced, and the instructor is phenomenal, makes it easy to understand without dumbing it down, and has a truly vast knowledge of the subject.
November 9, 2017, Health and Safety Engineer, Houston
I have been working in a refinery for about one year now, supporting the Health and Safety Department. This training took all the knowledge I have gained and made it all click as one. Best training I have been to, hands down. Highly! Highly! recommended.
November 15, 2017, Analyst, Houston
Excellent course for understanding the complexities of refinery processes. The course is a great introduction to the refinery industry. Already have recommended the course to my colleagues.
May 4, 2017, On-Site Applications Engineer, Houston
The course offered a very practical explanation of refinery products and processes that has greatly improved my understanding of the how the refinery's different units operate and will assist me in my machinery-related role.
May 19, 2016, Engineer V, Houston
Comprehensive overview of the Petroleum Refining Processes without entering into the nuts and bolts of every process or aspect of the industry.
May 19, 2016, Products Scheduler, Houston
very helpful info for both the technical and non technical student.
May 20, 2016, Chairman, Houston
The course provides an excellent overview of the refinery processes, and the instructor has deep knowledge of all of them, so can answer pretty much any question you might have, with great competence.
May 26, 2016, Consultant Engineer, Houston
The instructor displayed a very high level of competence of the course knowledge areas and did very well in transmitting this knowledge to the participants. We benefitted from his numerous experiences in his career. However,more time should be allocated for this course(at least 5days) and more presentation aids should be included as well.
December 7, 2015, Environmental Engineer, Houston
A very helpful course for those new to the industry. Was fast paced and the instructor, Marv, kept the material interesting and kept the attendees engaged.
December 10, 2015, Officer, Houston
Lots of information and good instruction. This course should be made into a 3 day course.
April 24, 2015, Natural Resources Specialist, Houston
This was hands down the best techinical course in the Oil and Gas industry I have evert taken. The instructor, Marvin Rakow brings his many years of experience as a Chemical Engineer to the classroom with a unique form of humor and insight. He a a unique ability to boil down a technical subject so that all levels of experience can understand the technical, political, and economic factors that effect business decisions and how it relates to the technical processes.
November 18, 2014, Estimator, Houston
This course was highly effective in my understanding of the materials associated with this course
November 19, 2014, Consultant, Houston
Instructor translated a complex subject into material that was easy to visualize. At the end of the seminar everything made sense.
November 21, 2014, Senior Environmental Engineer, Houston
This was a great overview of the petroleum refining process. I wish that I had taken this course when I started my career in the refining industry.
November 26, 2014, Site Superintendent, Houston
The course provided a very good overview of basic refinery processes and chemistry. highly recommended for anyone involved with refinery operations with limited familiarity.
May 20, 2014, Regulatory Compliance & Management Systems Advisor, Houston
The instructor is extremely knowledgeable and is able to use his many years in the industry to provide interesting and insightful facts into the course content.
June 20, 2013, System Engineer, Houston
Overall an excellent course. The instructor, Marvin, is very knowledgeable and the course gives an in-depth introduction to refining.
June 25, 2013, Finance Analyst, Houston
This was a great training course to provide non-technical individuals a detail overview of the refining processes. Enough information was given to have meaningful discussions without being overwhelmed with the absolute mechanics of refining.
June 27, 2013, Sr. Consultant, Houston
The qaulity of course material and the instructor's level of knowledge was excellent.