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Oil and Gas Engineering Training Courses

Petroleum Refining & Petrochemicals for Non-Technical Personnel


This course examines the history and use of petroleum from exploration through to refining and then to petrochemicals. The technology used and the production operations of the oil industry are outlined and explained in a clear easy to understand language.

Designed for non-technical professionals who function within the Petroleum Refining & Petrochemicals industry, this course promises you an insight into chemical processes, plant operations, equipment, and economics

Targeted Groups:

  • Non-technical professionals assigned to positions in refineries and petrochemical plants, corporate offices, suppliers, and other interrelated companies.
  • Support Personnel including Environmental professionals, Accountants, Business managers, Administrative and legal staff, Sales and marketing personnel, Insurance representatives, Personnel managers, Financial professionals, and other professionals who desire a better understanding of subject matter.
  • Newly-hired refinery plant personnel and current semi-technical personnel who require further training.

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course the participants will be able to:

  • Develop an appreciation and understanding of the origins of oil and gas
  • Understand the basics of refining and petrochemicals
  • Appreciate the basic differences between exploration, and refining and petrochemicals
  • Identify the basics of the different building blocks of petrochemicals
  • Examine the basics of different refinery types and complexity

Targeted Competencies:

This training course provides the essential skills to build a proactive knowledge base of the Petroleum Refining & Petrochemicals, as well as the necessary competencies to meet the challenges it faces

Course Content:
Unit 1: Origin and Nature of Petroleum:

  • Chemistry of fossil fuels
  • Basic petroleum geology
  • Origins, formation and trapping of oil & gas
  • Exploration and production Methods
  • Transportation

Unit 2: Overview of Refining:

  • Classification of hydrocarbons
  • Surface processing of oil and gas
  • Refinery types and complexity
  • Hydroskimming, Cracking and Coking Refineries
  • Refining Margins and Profitability
  • Netback & Complexity Factors

Unit 3: Refinery Process Operations:

  • Physical separation – Crude and Vacuum Distillation
  • Chemical conversion processes, Gasoline Production
  • Hydrotreating, Catalytic Reforming, Alkylation, and Isomerization
  • Residue Reduction I: Cat Cracking, Hydrocracking, Visbreaking, Hydrocracking
  • Residue Reduction II: Coking, Asphalt and Residual Fuel
  • Blending

Unit 4: Petrochemicals I - Production and Uses:

  • Olefin based compounds
  • Ethylene
  • Propylene
  • Butadiene
  • Isobutylene
  • Aromatic based compounds
  • Benzene
  • Toluene
  • Xylene

Unit 5: Petrochemicals II - Production and Uses:

  • Natural Gas based compounds
  • Ammonia
  • Methanol
  • Gas to liquid technologies
  • Case study - Petrochemical production – Major Companies

Oil and Gas Engineering Training Courses
Petroleum Refining & Petrochemicals for Non-Technical Personnel (EO9388)


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