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Fundamentals of Petroleum Refining For Non-Petroleum Engineers

Fundamentals of petroleum refining training for non-petroleum engineers training course description

The fundamentals of petroleum refining for non-petroleum engineers training course covers all the basics and principals of purifying crude oil at refineries.  This course gives you sufficient knowledge about how crude oil is formed, the chemistry of the crude oil, the steps of refining the crude oil, the characteristics of gasoline and other products of the refineries, and the economics of refineries.

The fundamentals of petroleum refining for non-petroleum engineers training course is designed to introduce non-petroleum-engineer members of the petroleum industry to the field of petroleum refinery.  This course simply teaches you how refineries work and what steps are taken to convert the crude oil extracted from wells to the gasoline we put in our cars. The fundamentals of petroleum refining for non-petroleum engineers training course also discusses the management aspects of refineries such as the economics and organization charts.


The fundamentals of petroleum refining for non-petroleum engineers is a 2-day training course designed for the non-technical members of the oil industry.  This is an entry-level course and thus does not require any prerequisite course.  This course is suitable for:

  • All individuals who need to understand how petroleum refineries work
  • Investors and contractors who plan to make investments in this industry
  • Marketing people who need to know the background of the products they sell

Training Objectives

Upon completion of the fundamentals of petroleum refining for non-petroleum engineers training course, the attendees are able to:

  • Discuss the origin theories of crude oil
  • Describe the formation process of crude oil
  • Understand the chemical and physical properties of crude oil
  • Understand the science and chemistry behind the crude oil
  • Recognize different applications of crude oil
  • Recognize various products of crude oil after refining
  • Understand chemical and physical characteristics of gasoline, diesel, kerosene, jet fuel, heating oil, residual fuel oil #6, and asphalt
  • Understand basic principals of refining process
  • Explain the step-by-step process of refining petroleum
  • Understand and explain typical flow diagram of petroleum refineries
  • Understand the basics of the refinery economics

Training Outline

The fundamentals of petroleum refining for non-petroleum engineers training course consists of the following lessons, which can be revised and tailored to the client’s need

Overview Of Petroleum Refinery

  • History of the crude oil discovery
  • What is petroleum?
  • What is petroleum used for

Introduction to Crude Oil

  • Origin theories of crude oil
  • Crude oil composition
  • Physical and chemical properties of crude oil
  • Crude oil classification
  • Crude oil types vs. demand

Product Specifications

  • Products of refineries
    • Gasoline
    • Diesel, kerosene, jet fuel, heating oil
    • Residual fuel oil#6, asphalt
    • Petrochemicals in a barrel of oil
  • Gasoline
    • Specifications
    • Composition
    • Octane rating
    • Additives
  • Diesel
    • Specifications
    • Major components
  • Jet fuel
    • Jet B
    • Military jet fuels
  • Heating oil
    • Heating oil in the world
    • Natural gas vs. heating oil
  • Residual fuel oil
    • Composition
  • Asphalt
    • Specifications
    • Modern applications
    • Grading systems

Refining Concepts, Physics and Chemistry

  • Introduction
  • Processing units in refineries
  • Refining process
    • Separation
    • Conversion
    • Purification
  • Physics and Chemistry
    • Solids and salts
    • Carbon number
    • Hetero atoms distribution
    • Molecular modifications for octane number

Refining Process and Flow Diagrams

  • Crude Units
    • Crude Distillation Unit (CDU)
    • Vacuum Distillation Unit (VDU)
  • Hydro treating/Hydrocracker Units
  • Fluid Catalytic Cracking Unit
  • Coking Units
    • Delayed coking
    • Fluid coking
  • Reforming Units
  • Alkylation Units
  • Other Units and Utilities
  • Refinery Flow Diagram – Step by Step

Refinery Organization and Economics

  • Small and large refinery org charts
    • Process operations
    • Mechanical and maintenance
    • Health, Safety, and Environmental (HSE) compliance
  • Simple economics of oil refining
    • Major refineries in the US and worldwide
    • Refineries value drivers
    • Nelson’s complexity index
    • Refinery’s gross margin
    • Crack Spread calculation
    • Crude price and Crack Spread
    • Gasoline and diesel prices
    • Logistics and transportation
    • Refineries optimization



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