The International Petrochemicals Business - Technology, Markets and Economics (VIRTUAL CLASS) - CH0V 

CPE Credits Awarded: 10
Categories: Oil Industry, Online Training, Petrochemicals

Course Date Duration Venue Price Registration Deadline Register
22 Aug 2022 4 Days Globally Online - London & New York City Time Country: gb
15 Jul 2022


22 - 25 August 2022
 New York City Timing  London Timing
Session 1: 22 August 2022
 10:00AM - 12:30PM  EST
 15:00 - 17:30 BST
Session 2: 23 August 2022
 10:00AM - 12:30PM  EST  15:00 - 17:30 BST
Session 3: 24 August 2022
 10:00AM - 12:30PM  EST  15:00 - 17:30 BST
Session 4: 25 August 2022
 10:00AM - 12:30PM  EST  15:00 - 17:30 BST


The International Petrochemicals Business – Technology, Markets and Economics is a VIRTUAL classroom course presented by the petrochemical training expert at Mennta Energy Solutions.

The petrochemical industry centres on the relationships between raw materials, intermediates, end products and applications. Basic to these relationships are chemical reactions, and fundamental to the total business is economics. To be able to work successfully within this complex industry requires a combination of practical experience with an understanding of chemistry, markets and economics. The course offers an organised overview of the industry that is essential for the successful operations within it.


  • Insight into the "broad picture"
  • Understanding of the concepts the industry has evolved
  • Understanding of the economics of the industry
  • The refining-petrochemical interface and the origin of the industry-s seven basic raw materials
  • Understanding of the value chains that flow from the seven basic raw materials
  • Who the major players are and their role in the massive restructuring the industry is undergoing


Class delegates include chemists, engineers commercial, sales and purchasing staff. Also, research and development, marketing and planning personnel, chemical industry administrators who wish to increase their knowledge and experience of the chemical reactions, feedstock, markets, key players, and basic economics of the industry. Additionally, associated services including finance and banking staff, legal, government agencies, on-line services will benefit.


  • Chemical Industry Overview
    • What the industry makes
    • Restructuring
    • Profitability
    • The major players
  • The Petroleum Refinery
    • Steam cracking
    • Catalytic cracking and reforming
    • Catalytic reforming
    • The refinery/petrochemical interface
  • Natural and Associated Gas
  • The Petrochemical Industry Basic Raw Materials Seven Major Groups
    • Chemistry, production economics, feedstock sources and changes, applications and supply/demand balance
  • Ethylene - Sources and Reactions
    • Polymerisation, oligomerisation, a-olefins, detergent alcohols
    • Ethylene oxide/ethylene glycol/polyesters
    • Vinyl chloride/poly (vinyl chloride)
    • Styrene/polystyrene
  • Propylene - Sources and Reactions
    • Polymerisation, oligomerisation, oxidation reactions
    • Shell Higher Olefins Process
  • C4 Unsaturates - Sources and reactions
    • Butadiene - polymerisation, elastomers, butenes -1 and -2, isobutylenes and MTBE
  • Benzene - Sources and Reactions
    • Styrene, phenol, cyclohexane, adipic acid, caprolactam, nylons, MDI/PMDI
  • Toluene - Sources and Reactions
  • Xylenes -Sources and Reactions
    • oxidation; p-xylene, terephthalic acid, PET; fibres and bottles o-xylene, phthalic anhydride polyesters, plasticizers, m-xylene
  • Methane
    • Synthesis gas
    • Ammonia
    • Methanol; formaldehyde,
  • A look at the major types of Polymers


Dr Michelle Lynch is the Managing Director and Owner of Enabled Future Limited (EFL) based in the West Midlands, UK. EFL offers consulting, multi-client reports, thought leadership and training aimed at Optimizing Technology Portfolios and ensuring continued profitability of companies over time. Key sectors served include catalysis (EnabledCatalysts), the circular economy (EnabledCircular) and sustainable energy and power (EnabledPower). Key technology areas include catalysts, net zero technologies: carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS), circular manufacturing, power-to-x, hydrogen; production, use, reuse and recycling  of fuel cells, electrolysers, lithium-ion batteries, rare earth components and other high-value metals and critical raw materials.   Michelle has over 24 years of experience in the chemical industry including 10 years in consulting teams at Nexant, IHS Markit and Enabled Future Limited and 14 years in Johnson Matthey where she held roles in information science, market research and catalyst development.

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