Properties, Formulation, Transfer & Storage of Petroleum Products


Who should attend?

  • From the properties of the finished products, this training provides a deeper knowledge on petroleum products formulation, storage and transfer between different sites.
Public :
  • Operation staff (field operators, panel operators, supervisors…) in reception, blending, storage and shipping facilities in refineries and petrochemical plants.
  • Anyone involved in petroleum products transfer and storage management.

Level :Skilled

Prerequisite :
  • In order to be able to follow this training, trainees are asked to fulfill at least one of the criteria below:
  • either proven experience in petroleum products or storage for at least 1 year,
  • or to be in evolution towards a position related to petroleum products and storage.

Course Content


      • Crude oils: main constituents, properties, initial fractionation in petroleum cuts.
      • Petroleum products:
      • LPG, gasoline, jet fuel, Automotive Diesel Oil, heating oil, heavy fuel oils, bitumen.
      • Main specifications, manufacturing constraints, storage and safety specificities.
      • Evolution of product specifications.
      • Bases and alternative fuels: ethanol, ETBE and FAME.

      • Bases manufacturing from petroleum cuts: petroleum products manufacturing scheme, simplified process diagrams of refineries and petrochemical units.
      • Finished products manufacturing:
      • Theory and process for blenders: on-line optimization manufacturing, additivation.
      • Economic aspects (give-away, added profit).

      • Transfer by gravity: characteristics of gravity flow.
      • Transfer by pumping:
      • Performance of centrifugal pumps, simplified technology and adaptation to pumping circuits.
      • Operation of centrifugal pumps, start-up, shutdown, installation in series and parallel implementation.
      • Operation and simplified technology of volumetric pumps.
      • Operation of a transfer installation: practical and economic aspects, risks of vaporization, pressure surges, etc.
      • Transfer of crude oil and petroleum products by ship.
      • Application: study of transfer from one tank to another.
  • STORAGE OF PETROLEUM PRODUCTS - Duration : 2.25 Days

      • Storage equipment:
      • Pressurized and refrigerated tanks, spheres, cylindrical tanks, cryogenic tanks, cavities; ancillary equipment: safety valves, hydraulic safety valves.
      • Fixed roof tanks: different types, vents, justification and limits of vent valves.
      • Floating screen tanks: special features, justification.
      • Floating roof tanks: different types of roof and seals, supporting legs, rainwater drainage.
      • Protection against fire risks.
      • Tank operation:
      • Operational safety: risks of inflammation, static electricity, pyrophoric substances, emulsions, overflow, toxic products.
      • Heating. Mixing.
      • Measuring the quantities delivered, stored and shipped: manual and remote gauging, measuring the temperature locally and remotely, volumetric and dynamic meters, manual and automatic sampling.
      • Usual operation of storage tanks including emptying, degassing and decommissioning.

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • List key characteristics of crude oils, cuts, bases and finished products,
  • Apply mixing and manufacturing rules for finished products,
  • Calculate operating parameters of gravity and pumping transfers,
  • Recognize equipment from atmospheric storage tanks,
  • Identify risks for safety, equipment and accounting in storage operations and develop measures appropriate to control such risks.

Ways & Means

  • Usage of many pictures and video for equipment understanding. Field visit if possible to be organized.
  • Case studies based on industrial situations: products transfers, products formulations.

Learning assessment

  • Final quiz.


Coordinator :IFP Training trainer (permanent or contracted) having a good expertise and/or experience of the related topics, trained to adult teaching methods, and whose competencies are kept up-to-date.

To French entities : IFP Training is referenced to DataDock ; you may contact your OPCO about potential funding. Please contact our disabled persons referent to check the accessibility of this training program :