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Course Level
Delivery Method
Classroom Instructor-Led Course
Professional Development Credit Hours
There is no pre-requisite for this course.

"Excellent course. The instructor presented information in a fun and exciting way.   I would strongly recommend this course to those in the energy industry who wish to have a better understanding of the refining process." Oil Management


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Fundamentals of Petroleum Refining - A Non-Technical Introduction (CLASSROOM) - FPR

Course Schedule

Date Time Location Price* Registration Deadline**
16-17 Sep 2024
Houston, TX
USD 2,330 (FPR-BHOU24-09)
13 Aug 2024
21-22 Oct 2024
Calgary, AB
USD 2,330 (FPR-BCAL24-10)
20 Sep 2024

*Prices do not include VAT, GST, or any other local taxes. All applicable taxes will be added to the invoice.
**Please register by the deadline to help us ensure sufficient attendance and avoid postponing the course.

Course Summary

Fundamentals of Petroleum Refining - A Non-Technical Introduction is a two-day course presented by the energy training experts at Mennta Energy Solutions. You don't need an engineering degree to understand the fundamentals of petroleum refining! This exciting programme is designed to introduce non-technical oil industry members to the fascinating field of petroleum refining. Learn how a refinery works and how refinery operations affect global oil and product prices.

Who Should Attend?

Class delegates include anyone who needs to understand how this cornerstone of the petroleum industry works. New members of the industry will be given a great introduction to the industry. Marketing personnel will grasp the intricacies of how the products they market come to exist. Those from the service side of the industry (brokerage, software, consulting) will get a first-hand view of this the most fundamental aspect of the oil industry.

Course Content

  • Fundamentals of crude oil
    • Crude oil qualities, characteristics, quality assessments and assays
  • Petroleum chemistry fundamentals
    • Types of hydrocarbons
      • Parafins
      • Olefins
      • Naphthenes
      • Aromatics
    • Catalysts
      • Types
      • Benefits
      • Functions                                                
  • The major stages of refining
    • Separation
    • Conversion
    • Treatment/Blending
  • Atmospheric and vacuum distillation
  • Cracking processes    
    • Catalytic cracking
    • Thermal cracking
    • Coking
    • Hydrocracking
  • Catalytic reforming
  • Gas plants
    • Processing sequence
      • Cracking vs. non-cracking
  • Isomerization
    • Butane isomerization
    • Pentane/Hexane isomerization
  • Alkylation
    • Sulfuric acid alkylation
    • Hydrofluoric acid alkylation
  • Hydrotreating
    • Treatment processes
    • Solvent recovery of aromatics
  • Blending for finished products
    • Gasolines
    • Distillates
    • Residuals
  • Refinery economics terms
    • Key aspects of refineries
      • Capacity
      • Complexity
      • Flexibility

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