REFINING TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP
You will learn:
- Effects of different crude oils
- Debottlenecking techniques
- Engineering, construction, and operating
- Optimizing process designs
REFINING ECONOMICS WORKSHOP
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
PRODUCT OPTIMIZATION WORKSHOP
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
- Crude oil mixing to avoid bottlenecks
- When to idle a borderline process
- Alternative FCC operations
About our workshops
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 for nonlicensed processes. We also explain how designs are optimized for non-licensed processes and hydroprocessing units.
Our instruction technique includes a series of exercises to increase the retention of key information and reinforce the material being presented. Economic analysis is a thread that runs through the entire presentation period.
In our sessions, we provide spreadsheet models for solving problems typical in the refining business such as project justification, design and technical service activities.