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Petroleum Refining & Petrochemicals Certification

85 days GCA/PETREF
  • Engineers entering the refining and petrochemicals industry or professionals with limited experience in this industry wishing to broaden their capacity.
  • To develop full competency in the processes, equipment, operation, safety, and economics aspects of petroleum refining and petrochemicals.
Learning Objectives
  • To acquire a solid base in refining techniques.
  • To select and design the main equipment of processing plants.
  • To learn about the technology and operation of equipment.
  • To understand the main refining processes, their fundamental aspects and operation.
  • To be familiar with safety and environmental issues in refinery operations.
  • To provide an introduction to economic issues of the industry.
Ways and means
  • Development of professional know-how.
  • Case studies, applications related to industrial situations.
  • Use of dynamic simulators (RSI IndissPlus simulators): equipment simulators, generic process units simulators.
  • Project: design of a distillation column, using PROII/PROVISION.

Physico-chemical properties of hydrocarbons and petroleum cuts 5 days
  • Organic compounds, crude oil and petroleum products.
  • Quality control - Standard tests - Blending rules.
Applied thermodynamics 5 days
  • Properties of pure substances.
  • Fluid properties: liquid-vapor equilibria of hydrocarbons mixtures, of non ideal mixtures, of non identified components.
  • K values from modern numerical methods.
Distillation course and project with PROII 10 days
  • Classical industrial column design, short cut methods.
  • Operating parameters, optimization, process control parameters.
  • Internal equipment.
  • Practice of PROII/PROVISION, process simulation, simplified design of equipment, economic evaluation and optimization.
Crude oil and vacuum distillation 6 days
  • Typical distillation units: process diagrams, operating conditions, separation quality.
  • Corrosion and desalting.
  • Operation and control of multidraw-off columns; vacuum systems.
Processing of light cuts and middle distillates 7 days
  • Catalytic reforming, isomerization, hydrotreatment, sweetening of light cuts and sulfur recovery.
Processing of heavy cuts 7 days
  • Overview of conversion processes: thermal processes, catalytic processes.
  • Visbreaking, coking processes, FCC, RFCC, distillate hydrocracking, residue hydrocracking.
Heat transfer equipment 5 days
  • Heat transmission.
  • Heat exchangers: sizing and performances, operation.
  • Furnaces and boilers: performances, operating conditions, combustion, operation, safety.
Fluid flow - Rotating machinery 10 days
  • Characteristics of liquid and gas simple phase flow; gas compression laws, expansion.
  • Technology and operation of pumps, compressors, steam turbines, gas turbines, electrical motors.
Instrumentation and process control 5 days
  • Instrumentation, controllers, valves, control loops implementation.
  • PID tuning, monovariable control limits, multivariable control.
Safety in operations 8 days
  • Product and equipment related risks, safety in process operation.
  • Hazard analysis in design and operation.
Production of olefins and aromatics 12 days
  • Sources, outlets and main industrial uses of olefinic and aromatic intermediaries.
  • Steam cracking and treatment of the cuts produced.
  • Fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) and production of aromatics.
  • Economics of petrochemicals.
Petroleum economics 5 days
  • Evolution of the demande for derived products, international oil markets.
  • Short term refinery management.