Introduction to Refining


Who should attend?

  • This course provides basic information on refining industry and its integration in the petroleum chain.
Public :
  • This training is intended for anyone with no technical background who wants to have information about refining industry worldwide.

Level : Discovery

Course Content



      • This sequence immerses the participants in the training, a few days before the virtual class, through the provision of introductory content on our LMS.

      • It is composed of the virtual classroom allowing a face-to-face meeting with the participants. It will begin with an exchange in order to measure the understanding of the contents disseminated in the "Before" sequence, will continue with the development of the whole of the targeted technical program and will end with an evaluation of the acquired knowledge.

      • It provides a posteriori support to the participants, through the provision of additional content allowing those who wish to do so, to deepen the themes dealt with. The service will also be complemented by a question-and-answer forum, accessible during the week following the virtual class.
  • TECHNICAL CONTENT OF THE TRAINING (6 hours face-to-face in virtual class + 1 hour of independent work)


      • Main characteristics of commercial products, link with their composition.
      • Energy content, emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants, environmental footprint.
      • Focus on the consumption of petroleum products: by country, by sector of activity.
      • Environmental constraints and alternative fuels.
      • Consumption trends by product and future prospects: engines and brakes.

      • Sources of oil, modes of supply.
      • Simple refining scheme: initial fractionation of crude oils, transformation processes according to refining criteria and mixing of the bases obtained.
      • The role of the different refining units, their interdependencies and the operating conditions of the main units.
      • Key product and process risks.
      • Changes in refining patterns and synergies with petrochemicals (objectives, advantages and type of flows and services exchanged).

Learning Objectives

  • At the end of the training, participants will be able to:
  • list the properties and applications of petroleum products,
  • explain the different stages of refining and the manufacturing scheme of a typical refinery,
  • identify and assess the risks inherent to product handling, equipment use and operations,
  • situate the refining industry in its energy and geographic environment.

Ways & Means

  • Detailed course material with a glossary of the main technical terms used in the refining industry.
  • Active participation of trainees through interactive games.
  • A virtual visit of a refinery using the augmented reality to give an idea of the size of the equipment and units presented.