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Petroleum Refining & Petrochemicals Certification

85 days GCA/PETREF
Level
Foundation
Audience
  • This training is geared towards engineers entering the refining and petrochemical industries or professionals with limited industry experience wishing to broaden their knowledge.
Purpose
  • This certification aims to develop competencies in processes, equipment, operation, safety, and the economical aspects of petroleum refining and petrochemicals.
Learning Objectives
  • Upon certification, participants will be able to:
  • understand the basics of refining techniques,
  • select and design the main equipment of processing plants,
  • comprehend the technology and operation of equipment,
  • understand the main refining processes, their fundamental aspects and operation,
  • recognize safety and environmental issues in refinery operations,
  • explain economic industry issues.
Prerequisite
  • Candidates are required to have prior knowledge of products, processes, technologies and the secure operation of units.
Ways and means
  • Case studies & applications related to industrial situations,
  • Dynamic simulators (RSI IndissPlus simulators): equipment simulators and generic process units simulators,
  • Project: design of a distillation column using PROII/PROVISION.

PHYSICO-CHEMICAL PROPERTIES OF HYDROCARBONS & 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 & 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 & 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 & 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 & 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 & 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 demand for derived products, international oil markets.
  • Short term refinery management.