Recent Developments in Oil Refining TechnologiesRPC/RECENT

Who should attend?

  • This course provides an up-to-date information on present and future trends of oil refining processes.
Audience :
  • Engineers, process or technical staff interested in recent developments in oil refining technologies.

Level : Advanced

Course Content

  • REFINERY PRODUCTS & PROCESS EVOLUTION OUTLOOK FOR 2020

      • Recent trends and new constraints reshaping the environment of the refining activity on various regions around the world.
      • Quality requirements and desulfurization.
      • New and future regulations concerning emissions: SOx, CO2, NOx, COV's.
      • Evolution of the refining process flow diagram: hydrogen addition or carbon removal, trends to petrochemical tendencies.
  • ATMOSPHERIC & VACUUM DISTILLATION: NEW CONCEPTS

      • Progressive distillation, concept and example.
      • Heat recovery optimization and energy consumption.
      • Modern internals for crude oil distillation column.
      • Efficient and low energy consumption vacuum equipment.
  • CATALYTIC REFORMING & ISOMERIZATION

      • Fixed bed reforming debottlenecking options.
      • Continuous catalytic reforming: concept, comparison with “semi reg” units.
      • Benzene separation, paraxylene production and purification.
      • Advanced isomerization technology for recycling paraffins.
      • New breakthroughs in catalytic fields.
  • FCC: MORE PROPYLENE OR MORE LCO

      • Feed injection and temperature control of the mixture.
      • Riser termination devices and catalyst separation. Post riser quench.
      • Stripping technology.
      • Regeneration and catalyst coolers.
      • Propylene yield enhancement.
      • Reduction of SOx and NOx emissions.
  • GASOLINE & SULFUR REDUCTION STRATEGIES

      • Sulfur distribution in FCC gasoline and selective HDS.
      • Alternate sources of gasoline:
      • Light olefins oligomerization.
      • New trends in alkylation.
  • ULTRA - LOW SULFUR DIESEL PRODUCTION & VGO DEEP HYDROTREATMENT

      • New generation catalysts and their performance.
      • Diesel hydrotreater units: investigation of new and existing means of achieving ULSD.
      • FCC feed pretreatment.
  • HYDROCRACKING FOR VACUUM DISTILLATES & RESIDUES

      • High pressure hydrocracking, mild hydrocracking.
      • Recent technologies: catalysts, energy recovery, fractionation.
      • Various technologies available: fixed bed, ebullient bed, moving bed.
  • HYDROGEN BALANCE

      • Routes for hydrogen production (steam methane reforming, partial oxidation).
      • Management of hydrogen network and optimization.
  • THERMAL CONVERSION OF RESIDUES

      • Renewal of an old process: delayed coker and residue destruction.
      • Purification of the products and hydrogen consumption.
      • Integration into the framework of crude upgrading.
  • CRITICITY OF SULFUR UNITS

      • Sulfur plants: efficiency of different arrangements, reliability in the refining operation, solid sulfur production.
      • Tail gas treatments: comparison of different processes and performances.

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • get a broad vision of future from technical, safety and environmental constraints for the refining industry,
  • quote the recent developments in oil refining processes,
  • explain how the latest breakthroughs can help meet the new challenges.

Ways & Means

  • Each single topic is covered by a world-class expert in the field.