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Refining 201

This two-day course provides a more technical view of the chemistry, catalysts, and the various processing units on the refinery. It is designed for intermediate-level professionals and for those who have completed EMI’s Refining 101 (Non-Technical) class. It includes a more detailed discussion of treating the crude oil, advanced separation techniques and deeper understanding of how the processing units work. Operational issues with the units are examined. More coverage of important topics such as water treatment and sulfur production are included.

Full Course Description

Topics covered include:

  • Crude oil sources, classifications and properties.
  • Petroleum chemistry including molecular structure, catalysts and hydrogenation.
  • Product specifications, concept of unit operations and complexity.
  • Field treatment of crude oils and desalting.
  • Separation techniques including distillation (atmospheric, vacuum, catalytic, azeotropic), molecular sieves and gas processing.
  • In-depth treatment of cracking processes (thermal, coking, FCC, hydrocracking and mild hydrocracking).
  • Unification and alteration including alkylation (and comparison of sulfuric to HF units), polymerization, isomerization and catalytic reforming.
  • Processing shale oil and hydrogen and sulfur production units.
  • Examination of blending, water management, automated process controls and safety.

Perfect for those who are currently working on or with a refinery and have need of more details. An example might be an environmental engineer working with refinery waste water. It is not intended as a course for chemical/process engineers. Although the material is somewhat technical it will not delve into the mathematics of unit operations and design.

It is recommended that attendees have taken EMI’s Refining 101 (Non-Technical) course as a prerequisite if they do not have a technical background.

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