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Production of Olefins & Aromatics

3 days RPC/PETRO-E
  • Professionals in the oil or petrochemicals industry interested in olefins and aromatics.
  • Specifically for engineers and technical staff who are beginners in this industry, as well as subcontractors, traders, etc.
  • To provide a technical overview of the main processes used to produce olefins and aromatics.
Learning Objectives
  • To list the sources and outlets of olefinic and aromatic compounds.
  • To review the manufacturing processes in the petrochemicals industry.
  • To grasp the contours of the petrochemicals industry's economic framework.
Ways and means
  • Detailed course material.
  • Pictures of main equipment.
  • Presentation of samples of different polymers from plants.
  • Presentation of end uses application samples.

Sources, outlets and main industrial uses of olefinic and aromatic intermediaries 0.25 day
  • Main production processes: steam cracking, catalytic reforming, fluid catalytic cracking.
  • Outlets and main uses of:
  • olefinic and diolefinic hydrocarbons: ethylene, propylene, butenes, butadiene
  • aromatics hydrocarbons: benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylenes.
Steam cracking and treatment of the cuts produced 1.75 days
  • Pyrolysis
  • Analysis of the steam cracking process of hydrocarbon feedstocks.
  • Implementation: furnaces, quench systems, primary separation.
  • Yields. Operating variables affecting the severity of treatment. Influence of the feedstock nature.
  • Compression and purification of the cracked gases
  • Implementation of compression.
  • H2S and CO2 removal by caustic washing.
  • Gas drying by adsorption.
  • Cooling: propylene and ethylene chilling cycles, cold box.
  • Separation and treatment of steam cracker effluents
  • Steam cracker effluent separation train, main characteristics of the cuts produced.
  • Specific impurities and particular constraints; acetylene removal from the C2 cut, selective hydrogenation of MAC and propadiene in the C3 cut.
  • Treatment of the C4 cut, 1,3- butadiene, isobutene and 1- butene recovery.
  • Upgrading of pyrolysis gasoline production of motor fuels, benzene and other aromatics recovery.
Production of aromatics 0.5 day
  • Catalytic reforming and BTX production
  • Analysis of the process, the catalyst, yields, operating variables.
  • Characteristics of BTX reformate. Influence of the nature and cut points of the feeds.
  • Aromatics and non-aromatics separation processes: liquid-liquid extraction, extractive distillation.
  • Associated processes: hydrodealkylation, isomerization.
  • Aromatics separation processes: distillation, adsorption, crystallization, application to paraxylene.
  • Styrene production: benzene alkylation, ethylbenzene dehydrogenation; manufacturing conditions.
Catalytic cracking FCC 0.25 day
  • Analysis of FCC process.
  • Nature of the feed stock and impact on olefins production.
  • Implementation of the catalyst &principle of reactor & regenerator set.
  • Composition & treatment of cracked gases.
  • Modification of the process for maximization of light cuts C3 & C4 production.
Polyolefins processes 0.25 day
  • Polymerization techniques: bulk, solution, suspension in organic phase, in aqueous phase, …
  • Different polyethylenes (PEBD, PEHD,PEBDL), examples of processes.
  • Examples of polypropylenes processes.
  • Production principle of others polymers (PVC, standard & impact Polystyrenes, Polybutadiene, PVDF, acrylic polymers, …).
2016 course calendar
Language Dates Location Tuition Register
Oct 17 - 19 Al Jubail €2,000 Online By email
Nov 07 - 10 Lyon €2,090 Online