We offer training workshops in petroleum refining technologyrefining economics, and product optimizationThey are designed for engineers and chemists with 0-3 years of experience and others with more experience in non-refining technologies who need to learn about refineries.

These workshops are available world-wide at either in-house or public venues.

The technology workshops are either 3 days or 4 days, the economics workshop is 3 days, and the product optimization workshop is 2 days.
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You will learn:
  • How each process works
  • Effects of different crude oils
  • Product blending
  • Metallurgy
  • Economics
  • Debottlenecking techniques
  • Engineering, construction, and operating 
  • Chemistry and Yields
  • Optimizing process designs


The workshop provides the logic and methodologies for solving the major economic determinations and studies made in the business of petroleum refining. It is both broad in its scope and technical in its problem solving. An overview of an example refinery and its operating components is presented. Then, typical economics considerations are described and illustrated. Problems are defined and solved with hands-on attendee participation by the use of software models provided to the attendees.

You will learn:
    •An overview of the processes found in modern petroleum refineries, how the processes are                 different, and how they work together to make specification products profitably
    •How each process contributes to the refinery revenue
    •Effect of crude types on an existing refinery or one being designed
    •How to calculate a crude oil’s value to an existing refinery
    •How crude oils can be mixed to increase net revenue
    •How optimized product blending contributes to the revenue
    •How metallurgy affects crude selection and revenue
    •The use of economics tools to optimize designs and operation
    •The economics of producing petrochemical feedstocks
    •How to compare alternative processing schemes
    •How to economically adjust to changing product markets
    •How to evaluate a debottlenecking project
    •How to justify a new process unit
    •      How to maximize diesel fuel
    •How to use a rigorous FCC model


The workshop covers the various types of product optimization studies and evaluations typical for refinery engineers to perform. Attendees work problems during the session in the areas of:
  •    Selecting the best crude oil for the plant
  •    Selecting alternative processes
  •    Blending strategies
  •    Crude oil mixing to avoid bottlenecks 
  •    When to idle a borderline process
  •    Alternative FCC operations
  •    Justifying a new process
  •    Maximizing diesel fuel

Often in an organization, highly experienced engineers are too busy with other important assignments to organize and keep current the information needed to train new engineers in such subjects as refining technologies. In our workshops, we cover some 30 technologies comprising the onsite processes. It is a priority for us to see that the information is always up to date. In many instances, process licensors have given us direct permission to use their data and graphics. While these are not design courses, we do provide information on key metallurgy and operating and engineering challenges, debottlenecking techniques and hints on preferred process design philosophies. We also explain how designs are optimized for non-licensed processes and hydroprocessing units.

Our instruction technique includes alternating presentation and problem solving to increase the retention of key information and reinforce the material being presented. Economic analysis is a thread that runs through the entire session.

In our sessions, we provide spreadsheet models for solving problems typical in the refining business such as project justification, design and technical service activities.
Where we train:
Available worldwide, all sessions are in English at your training room or hotel that you provide. 
For questions or proposal:

       Ragsdale Refining Courses
                   REFINING TRAINING


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