International Oil Supply, Transportation, Refining and Trading (VIRTUAL CLASSROOM) - SP1V 

CPE Credits Awarded: 15
Categories: Trading, Derivatives, Hedging and Risk Management, Oil Industry, Oil Supply and Trading, Refining, Shipping and Bunkering, LPG, Lubricants, Virtual Classroom Courses

PLEASE NOTE: This virtual course is comprised of four separate instructor-led sessions and offline assignments over 10 days.  The course is NOT 10 consecutive days.  See the outline for date and time details.

Course Date Duration Venue Price Registration Deadline Register
10 Nov 2020 10 Days Globally Online - London & New York City Time Country: gb
£ (GPB)999.00+20%VAT
16 Oct 2020


10, 12, 17 and 19 November 2020 - London Timezone
Virtual Instructor-Led Session 1: 10 November 2020 at 15:00 - 18:00  GMT (London)
Virtual Instructor-Led Session 2: 12 November 2020 at 15:00 - 18:00  GMT (London)
Virtual Instructor-Led Session 3: 17 November 2020 at 15:00 - 18:00  GMT (London)
Virtual Instructor-Led Session 4: 19 November 2020 at 15:00 - 18:00  GMT (London)


This is the virtual classroom version of International Oil Supply, Transportation, Refining and Trading (SP1) which has been the premier course of its kind for over 30 years by continually evolving and carefully adapting to meet current industry needs.

With that experience, we are pleased to respond to market demand and offer a four-day virtual version of this classic course.  Delegates will garner the knowledge generations of oil professionals before them have relied on, while meeting the current demands on time availability.

This course provides an overview of the oil supply chain - from crude oil source to refinery, processing, trading and the onwards movement of oil products. It is designed for new or recent entrants to the oil industry and is also ideal for use as part of an induction programme or for bringing those transferring disciplines up to speed. Through the medium of a series of progressive, specific exercises, delegates will address day-to-day problems, to understand the relevant commercial driving forces in this area.

After learning about the fundamentals, delegates will cover the valuation of crude oil. Ocean tanker transport and freight will be explored together with an overview of terminals and pipelines. The structure of a refinery will be explained in the context of the need to produce marketable products. Key aspects of product quality will be covered together with the major refining processes needed to achieve them. The course moves on to cover oil markets and pricing, oil trading contracts, and an introductory guide to paper markets and hedging using futures.


  • Market Fundamentals
    • Crude Oil
    • Types
    • Assay
    • Yield
    • Crude value
    • Calculation of gross product worth and netback
  • The Refinery
    • Structure of simple, upgrading and complex refineries
    • Description, function and yields of the various refining processes
    • Refining costs and refinery margins
  • Product Quality
    • Key specifications for main product grades
    • How quality specifications are achieved
    • Cost implications of quality
  • Logistics
    • Tanker freight & Worldscale
    • Chartering
    • Pipelines, terminals and storage
    • Oil losses
  • Contracts
    • Formulation of the contract
    • Oil contract purchase and sale terms
    • The tanker contract (charter-party)
  • Oil Markets
    • Nature of pricing mechanisms and price reporting
    • Crude oil markets
    • Products markets
    • Forward markets
    • Futures markets
    • Introduction to derivatives
    • Use of hedging
  • Exercises and Case Studies will include:
    • Gross product worth
    • Freight, netback, refining margin and breakevens
    • Quality & specifications
    • Blending
    • Contacts
    • Arbitrage
    • Price Exposure
    • Hedging


  • How to value crude oil based on product market prices
  • How to evaluate spot tanker freight costs
  • How to evaluate crude netbacks and refining margins and alternative crude breakevens
  • How tankers are chartered
  • How spot oil purchase/sale contracts are structured
  • How a refinery is structured
  • The significance of non-tanker logistics - pipelines, storage, rail and road
  • Key points on product quality; how key specifications are met
  • Fundamental economic drivers of the supply chain
  • How the international crude oil and products markets are priced
  • Futures markets: characteristics and use
  • The basic use of hedging within a trading environment


  • New entrants to the oil industry, and staff from integrated functions such as supply, trading and logistics
  • Managers changing disciplines into the midstream or downstream
  • Professional personnel inside and outside oil companies who interface with supply, refining, trading and transportation functions and who need an understanding of this sector, such as legal, banking, insurance, finance and production


Upon completion of this course your employees will understand:

  • A full understanding of each element in the oil supply chain – transportation of crude, refining, transportation of products, pipelines, storage, trading and sales – and the economics of each stage.
  • “Hands-on” practice in key calculations used in supply and trading, including freight using Worldscale, GPW & netback, refining margins, crude and product pricing mechanisms and logistics costs.
  • An appreciation of the interrelationship between crude quality, refinery processes, blending and product market quality requirements.
  • An introduction to international oil pricing and the use of paper instruments for handling risk management.
  • Recourse to the knowledge and experience of a world-class faculty and the opportunity to interact and work together with other delegates from a large range of organisations and cultures.


Robin A Burley is principal consultant with Kennet Oil Logistics, a company established in 1990 providing expertise in the international supply, trading and transportation sector. During his experience in the oil industry he has worked with BP including Marine and Supply Departments, and Gulf Oil including Trading and Transportation, Refining and Marketing functions. Besides the day-to-day management and negotiation of oil supply, trading and transportation deals, he has been involved in a variety of oil logistics projects throughout the world. He has lived in the USA, Europe and the Middle East, and is a contributing author to the Oil Trading Manual (pub. Woodhead 1995).

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