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Refinery Foremen Training Course

50 days OPE/MTRAF-E
  • Foremen, shift leaders, panelists and technicians (maintenance, inspection, laboratory, analysis, research department).
  • To provide comprehensive training on products, processes, equipment and safety, to enhance competency and develop the skills for the safe and efficient management of refinery operations.
Learning Objectives
  • To be thoroughly familiar with the characteristics of petroleum products.
  • To analyze the operating conditions of processes and equipment in order to optimize their use.
  • To be familiar with the practical rules for equipment usage.
  • To learn about the inherent risks of products and equipment, and contribute to operational safety.
  • To communicate efficiently with colleagues and have instructions followed.
Ways and means
  • Practical applications, case studies and manipulations on dynamic simulators.
  • Review and wrap-up session at the end of each phase of the course.
  • Site visits.

Basic training 11 days
  • Physico-chemical properties of hydrocarbons and petroleum cuts.
  • Properties of fluids. Liquid/vapor equilibria.
  • Fluid flow. Heat, energy, heat transfer.
  • Industrial and catalytic chemical reactions.
  • The basic training is illustrated by many practical applications of actual examples from refineries.
Safety and environment in operations 6 days
  • Hazards related to products and equipment.
  • Safety in operations. Integrated safety systems and process safety.
  • Works related hazards. Managing contractors and subcontractors.
  • Environmental issues and related constraints.
  • Case studies. Group work.
Equipment 13.5 days
  • Metals and corrosion processes. Preventive measures.
  • Static equipment, vessels, storage tanks.
  • Rotating machinery (centrifugal and volumetric pumps, centrifugal and volumetric compressors, steam turbines): workings and technology; operation and disturbed situations; constraints and limits on equipment operation.
  • Heat exchangers and air coolers: operation, test and monitoring.
  • Furnaces and boilers: operating conditions, firing control, typical problems, typical start-up procedures.
  • Instrumentation and control: operation and instrumentation, working of control loops.
  • Advanced process control.
  • Practical control exercises on a dynamic simulator.
  • Technical visits to manufacturer's factories or industrial plants complete the lessons.
Products and processes 16.5 days
  • Crude oil and petroleum products: characteristics, blending rules, reception and shipping, quality control tests, sampling.
  • Distillation operation: binary and multiple draw off.
  • Workshop on a dynamic simulator.
  • Refinery processes: characteristics of the feeds and products, analysis of operations, tuning parameters, performance criteria and optimization, study of operating disturbances:
  • atmospheric distillation (study on a simulator), desalting, vacuum distillation
  • catalytic reforming
  • hydrotreating, hydrodesulfuration and H2 production
  • conversion processes: hydrocracker, FCC, coker
  • finishing processes
  • sulfur recovery and tail gas treatment
  • bitumen manufacturing.
  • Manufacturing process diagram.
  • Material balance.
  • Utilities: energy production, distribution and consumption, flares, cooling water, waste waters treatment, boiler feed water.
  • Energy management. Production optimization.
Continuous evaluation 3 days