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Introduction to the Petrochemical Industry

Introduction to the Petrochemical Industry

1 day
RPC/DECPETRO-E
Sessions
This course is not scheduled.
Who should attend?

Audience

    • This course is for non-technical people interested in petrochemical industry worldwide.

Level

  • Discovery
  • This course provides basic information on petrochemical industry and its integration in the petroleum chain.
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.
Course Content

ORIGINS & USES OF OLEFINIC & AROMATIC INTERMEDIATES

0.25 day

  • Main units: steamcracking unit, catalytic reforming unit, fluid catalytic cracking unit.
  • Outlets and main industrial uses of olefinics, diolefinics and aromatics hydrocarbons.
  • Opening on the petrochemistry of the main plastics.

THE DIFFERENT STEPS OF THE PETROCHEMICALS INDUSTRY

0.25 day

  • Analysis of the different paths of synthesis
  • Main polymer manufacturing.
  • Risks related to products and processes.
  • Interactions with refining (objectives, advantages, flow and services exchanges…).

PETROCHEMICAL ECONOMICS & MANAGEMENT

0.25 day

  • General economic environment.
  • Main markets for olefins, C4 cuts and aromatics.
  • Economics of a steamcracking unit using the different feeds.

SITUATION TODAY & FUTURE TRENDS

0.25 day

  • Main challenges of the petrochemical industry on an international scale with emphasis on the shale Oil & Gas development in the US and the impact on the European market.
  • Future projects, strategy of the main actors, financial and political stakes.
  • Impact of the environmental regulations and climate change on the economics of the petrochemical industry.
  • Future trends for biosourced products and the related challenges.
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Ways & Means
  • Various pedagogical activities (quizzes, games…) allow the acquisition of the different technico-economical basis.
  • A glossary of the main technical terms used in the petrochemical industry helps to become familiar with the technical language of the domain quickly.