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Refinery Process Yield Optimisation

Why Choose this Training Course?

Refinery operations are having to respond to low oil prices with the concomitant expectation of low petroleum product prices, whilst handling different crude feedstocks and meeting tighter environmental regulation. Refinery operations must therefore optimise the yield of high value petroleum products and make maximum use of the bottom of the barrel. This AZTech training course will present an overview of refining unit operations. It covers how the nature of the crude feedstock and the combination of these units in different refinery configurations affects process yields of the finished products generated from the crude oil feed.

Major refining processes are presented and discussed including feedstock, operating conditions, catalysts, yields, product properties, and economics. It also discusses how global demand and environmental issues are driving refinery configuration and optimisation and how the refineries are responding to this. It presents the fundamental understanding required to achieve the optimisation and touches on the software options to enable this.

This AZTech training course will feature:

  • Crude oil characteristics
  • Refinery configuration and complexity
  • Major refinery process operations
  • Environmental issues affecting refinery operations
  • Development of optimisation strategies and methods


What are the Goals?

By the end of this training course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the complex nature of Refining and its operations
  • Understand the drivers of Petroleum Refining industry to maximise process fluid yields
  • Appreciate the purpose and subtleties of all processes associated with the processing of petroleum into finished products
  • Apply the learning to aid refinery scheduling and optimisation
  • Appreciate the implications of different feedstocks on product quality and product range


Who is this Training Course for?

This training course is suitable to a wide range of professionals but will greatly benefit delegates new to refinery environments, as well as those with many years experience in supporting activities. In particular it will be beneficial for

  • Process Engineers, Technologists, Operating and Supervisory personnel engaged in the refining activities who have a minimum of experience and who are required to understand and discuss issues related to their processes.
  • Refinery scheduling staff, blending staff and crude oil buyers
  • Engineering and operations personnel, this training course will also be suitable for business, sales, technical, and scientific personnel with limited or no broad refinery operating experience, along with Technical sales personnel.
  • Those involved in selling equipment or supplies to the refining industry and those involved with economic evaluations of refinery operations will benefit from this training course


How will this be Presented?

This training course will utilise a variety of proven adult learning techniques to ensure maximum understanding, comprehension and retention of the information presented. This includes a combination of lecture, discussion, case studies, and group/individual activities. Delegates are encouraged to bring specific issues they are facing to the session for group discussion.

The course will be a highly interactive and stimulating learning experience, with opportunities to advance your opinions and ideas and ask lots of questions. Participation is encouraged in a supportive environment. Attendees will have the opportunity to develop personal competencies and build up expert knowledge of crude oil yield processes in a range of equipment.


The Course Content

Day One: Crude Oil Yields Refinery Technology

  • Introduction
  • Crude Oil Origins & Characteristics
  • Crude oil Assay and properties
  • Crude oil products
  • Product specifications
  • Gasoline
  • Kerosene/ Jet Fuel
  • Fuel Oil/ Diesel Fuels
  • Petrochemical Feedstocks
  • Refineries Complexity
  • Overall refinery flow: Interrelationship of processes


Day Two: Petroleum Refinery Processes

  • Crude Processing
  • Desalting
  • Atmospheric distillation
  • Vacuum distillation
  • Heavy Oils Processing – Cocking and Thermal Processes
  • Delayed Coking
  • Fluid Coking
  • Flexicoking
  • Visbreaking
  • Case study – example


Day Three: Process for Motor Fuel Production

  • Fluid catalytic cracking
  • Hydrocracking
  • Cat Cracking
  • Isomerization
  • Alkylation
  • Hydrotreating
  • Catalytic Reforming
  • Case study – example


Day Four: Supporting Operations

  • Blending for Product Specifications
  • Optimisation
  • Hydrogen production
  • GTL
  • Refinery Gas Plants
  • Acid Gas Treating
  • Sulphur Recovery Plants
  • Case study – example


Day Five: Refinery Economics

  • Residue Reduction
  • Asphalt and Residual Fuel
  • Cost Estimation
  • Economic Evaluation
  • Case Studies
  • Group Discussions
  • Program Evaluation & Summary


The Certificate

  • AZTech Certificate of Completion for delegates who attend and complete the training course


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