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Nov 26 - 30, 2018 Rueil 2,850 €
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Who should attend?


    • Technicians, engineers, managers and commercial or technical staff whose activities are related to the production, storage, purchasing, marketing or use of petroleum products.
    • Also suitable for technicians, engineers and managers in the refining industry interested in improving their knowledge of petroleum products.


  • Proficiency
  • This course provides a deeper knowledge of petroleum products' characteristics and the understanding of their manufacturing scheme.
Learning Objectives
  • Upon completion of the course, the participants will be able to:
  • list the components of each petroleum product,
  • grasp the main characteristics of petroleum products and their relevance for end-users,
  • identify recent changes and future trends.
Course Content


0.5 day

  • Oil price variation, refining margin, product prices.
  • Trading, pricing mechanism, marketing strategies.


0.5 day

  • Composition and main characteristics of crude oils.
  • Classification and characteristics of petroleum products.
  • Principle of oil refining processes and of the formulation of commercial products: main properties of blending components, blending.
  • Standard quality control tests: test principles, accuracy of the methods, specifications.


3.25 days

  • For each major product (LPG, automotive gasoline, jet fuel, automotive diesel oil, heating oil and heavy fuel oils), the following aspects are developed:
  • Market trends - Volatility characteristics - Combustion properties - Air pollution: engine emission specifications - Storage stability - Manufacturing schemes - Main additives incorporated in the refinery.
  • Manufacturing: in line blending, on line analyzers. Tank Quality Integration (TQI). Analyzer certification advantages.
  • In addition, in view of current trends, emphasis is placed on the following issues:
  • Automotive gasoline: octane numbers, catalytic converters, aromatic content, addition of oxygenated compounds, impact of the formulation on the engine emissions. Performance additives added at the terminal.
  • Jet A1: market trend, special care to avoid contamination during transfers.
  • Automotive Diesel Oil: problems raised by the high share of Diesel vehicles in the car pool, lack of lubricating power of Low sulfur ADO: injection pump protection; interest of agrofuels, consequences of Euro 6 standard: new post-treatment systems, impact of the specifications on the manufacturing schemes. Performance additives added at the terminal.
  • Heating oil: problems related to the high cracked fuel content; differences of composition between ADO and HO.
  • Heavy fuel oils: stability of visbroken fuels, environmental constraints: sulfur, particles, Nitrogen oxides and heavy metals emissions.


0.75 day

  • Bitumen:
  • The different types of bitumen: pure, polymer-modified, emulsions.
  • The major standard tests: penetration, softening point, ageing. Introduction to rheological measurements used by the road builders.
  • Lube base oils:
  • Lube base oils manufacturing and composition of lubricants: base oils and additives.
  • Properties and characteristics of base oils: viscosity index, cold properties, oxidation stability…
  • Waxes: a high value by-product.
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Ways & Means
  • Use of interactive educational games to facilitate the understanding of the manufacturing schemes.