Introduction to the Petrochemical IndustryRPC/DECPETRO-E

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

  • ORIGINS & USES OF OLEFINIC & AROMATIC INTERMEDIATES

      • 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

      • 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

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

      • 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.

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

  • 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.