Refining 201

Get a technical view of the chemistry, catalysts, and units involved in petroleum refining. Designed for intermediate-level professionals and for those who have completed the DTN Refining 101 course.

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At A Glance

Industry Segment Natural Gas, Oil
Course Level Intermediate
CPE Credits 14
DTN Credits 6
Competency Path Certified Energy Professional, Oil

What You Will Learn

Topics covered include:

  • Crude oil sources, classifications and properties.
  • Petroleum chemistry including molecular structure, catalysts and hydrogenation.
  • Product specifications, concept of unit operations and complexity.
  • Field treatment of crude oils and desalting.
  • Separation techniques including distillation (atmospheric, vacuum, catalytic, azeotropic), molecular sieves and gas processing.
  • In-depth treatment of cracking processes (thermal, coking, FCC, hydrocracking and mild hydrocracking).
  • Unification and alteration including alkylation (and comparison of sulfuric to HF units), polymerization, isomerization and catalytic reforming.
  • Processing shale oil and hydrogen and sulfur production units.
  • Examination of blending, water management, automated process controls and safety.

Who Should Attend

Perfect for those who are currently working on or with a refinery and have a need for more details. An example might be an environmental engineer working with refinery waste water. It is not intended as a course for chemical/process engineers. Although the material is somewhat technical it will not delve into the mathematics of unit operations and design.
It is recommended that attendees have taken DTN Refining 101 (Non-Technical) course as a prerequisite if they do not have a technical background.