Fundamentals of Petroleum Refining (VIRTUAL CLASSROOM) - FPRV 

CPE Credits Awarded: 8
Categories: Oil Industry, Online Training, Refining

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
16 Jun 2020 10 Days Globally Online Country: us
$ (USD)899.00
12 Jun 2020


Fundamentals of Petroleum Refining is a VIRTUAL classroom 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 course 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.  Also, you'll be introduced to refinery economics.

This virtual solution is comprised of four live instructor-led sessions hosted on state-of-the-art training software with video, audio, chat, live polls, competitive quizzes, breakout sessions and much more!  See recorded demonstrations here.  The program will also include several self-study assignments to maximize the time with the instructor.


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.


Prerequisite to Session 1 Self-Study Assignment: 30 Minutes On-Demand

  • Fundamentals of Petroleum Refining Pre-Study
    • Foundational terminology and concepts

Virtual Instructor-Led Session 1:16 June 2020 at 10:00AM - 12:00PM  EST (New York)

  • Review of prerequisite learning and introduction to refining
  • Fundamentals of crude oil
  • Petroleum chemistry fundamentals
  • The major stages of refining
  • Exercises
    • Team Refinery Competition

Virtual Instructor-Led Session 2: 18 June 2020 at 10:00AM - 12:00PM EST (New York)

  • Atmospheric and vacuum distillation
  • Cracking processes   
    • Catalytic cracking
    • Thermal cracking
    • Coking
    • Hydrocracking
  • Exercises
    • Building the Refinery Flowchart
    • Team Refinery Competition (continued)

Prerequisite to Session 3 Self-Study Assignment: 2 hours On-Demand

  • Fuels Quality Overview (FQO) online course
    • Understand fuel, specifically gasoline and diesel
      • Properties
      • Quality
      • Legislation

Virtual Instructor-Led Session 3: 23 June 2020 at 10:00AM - 12:00PM EST (New York)

  • 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
  • Exercises
    • Building the Refinery Flowchart (continued)
    • Team Refinery Competition (continued)


Prerequisite to Session 4 Self-Study Assignment: 2 hours On-Demand

  • Introduction to Refinery Economics (IRE) online course
    • Learn how refineries make money, and what affects their profitability
    • Review the fundamentals of refinery operations and planning, as well as optimization and blending
    • Cover crude oil quality and valuation
    • Understand how refinery margins are calculated


Virtual Instructor-Led Session 4: 25 June 2020 at 10:00AM - 12:00PM EST (New York)

  • Blending for finished products
  • Summary
  • Exercises
    • Building the Refinery Flowchart (continued)
    • Team Refinery Competition (continued)

Post Session 4 Self-Study Assignment: 4 hours On-Demand

  • Chemistry in the Petroleum Refinery (CR) online course
    • Learn how hydrocarbons found in crude oil are transformed into a range of marketable petroleum products.
    • Understand the chemistry associated with the major operating units – hydrocracker, fluid catalytic cracking unit, coker, alkylation unit, catalytic reformer, isomerization unit and hydrotreater.
  • Elective course
    • Two-hour online course of delegate's choice


Mary Jackson has over 15 years of experience in the energy industry. She began her career at BP working in the information management group, then later rose to a trading analyst in the supply and trading department. She subsequently joined Saladin as an energy consultant to provide consultancy advice and training on energy market analysis, trading and risk management to clients throughout the world. In several senior roles at Saladin, she managed the energy consulting team, ran the energy market information service and directed strategy for new software and information product development, including the development of a new internet based trading system. After leaving Saladin, Mary worked as an independent energy market consultant until she formed Kingston Energy Consulting in 2002. She has lectured regularly for Mennta Energy Solutions on energy markets, trading and risk management and is also a regular speaker and panel member at public conferences. She has written articles for industry publications including Harts Energy Markets, Energy and Power Risk Management, Global Energy Business and Petroleum Review. Mary obtained a bachelor's honours degree from Bristol University and a master's degree from London University.

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