This training is available on virtual classroom mode

Introduction to the Petrochemical Industry


Who should attend?

  • This course provides basic information on petrochemical industry and its integration in the petroleum chain.
Audience :
  • This course is for non-technical people interested in petrochemical industry worldwide.

Level : Discovery

Course Content


      • Main units: steamcracking unit, catalytic reforming unit, fluid catalytic cracking unit, dehydrogenation and metathesis.
      • Outlets and main industrial uses of olefinics, diolefinics and aromatics hydrocarbons.
      • Introduction to the main polymers.

      • Analysis of production chains:
      • Methanol production from natural gas or coal
      • Ethane and LPG from natural gas or from the refinery to the steam cracker
      • Light naphtha stream from refinery to steam cracker
      • Heavy naphtha stream from refinery to catalytic reformer
      • Diesel and vacuum distillate from refinery to the FCC or steam cracker
      • Typical performance of a steam cracker as a function of the feedstocks processed
      • Prospects and synergies with refining (objectives, advantages and type of streams and services being exchanged).
      • Production schemes for intermediates and polymers.

      • Main current challenges for the petrochemical industry worldwide with a focus on impacts:
      • shale gas development in the United States,
      • environmental regulations and global warming on the petrochemical economy.
      • Future projects, strategy of the various players, financial and political stakes.
      • Future prospects in terms of:
      • biosourced petrochemicals, with the major challenges related to the development of this sector,
      • mechanical and chemical recycling of plastics.

Learning Objectives

  • After completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • know the origin and uses of the main olefinic and aromatic intermediates,
  • explain the different steps of the petrochemical industry,
  • understand the stakes in term of economy and the main parameters which influence the productivity of the petrochemical industry,
  • situate the petrochemical industry in its energy and geographic environment.

Ways & Means

  • This training offers a new training solution that integrates not only a virtual classroom but also a complete environment to support the trainees in the acquisition of the proposed contents.
  • PRE-WORKSHOP : 1h - This sequence immerses the participants in the training, a few days before the virtual class, through introductive contents on our LMS..
  • LIVE SESSION : 6h - The virtual classroom allows a face-to-face meeting with the participants. It begins with interactions with the participants in order to assess the understanding of the contents delivered in the "Pre-workshop" sequence, continues with the development of the whole targeted technical program and ends with an assessment of the acquired knowledge. The virtual class is organized into 2 half days including 4 sessions of 45 min each, with 3 breaks of 10 min each.
  • POST-WORKSHOP : 2h - It provides a post event support to the participants, through additional content allowing those who wish to deepen the topics covered. The support will also be complemented by a question-and-answer forum, accessible during the week following the virtual class
  • Various pedagogical activities (quizzes, games…) allow the acquisition of the different technico-economical basis.