In- House Training

Introduction

ERS In-House training courses can be delivered onsite, or online.

The onsite courses are delivered by our experts at at facilities provided by the customer and can vary typically from 1 – 5 days.

The online courses are broadcast live via Microsoft Teams. Maximum attendance is recommended to be10 delegates to ensure a tutorial-based atmosphere where attendees can ask questions of the speaker during the course. 

The online courses are based around daily modules consisting of 2 x 1 ½ hr. presentations with a 30minute break. Where the online course is longer than 3 hrs. the modules are presented on consecutive days. Courses vary from 1 – 5 modules.

All Our Web-based Courses (A -Z)

Catalytic Reforming

This course covers the core elements of Reforming technology. The scope of the course includes the core of most Reforming problems and attempts to cover solutions useful to design and operating engineers. Recent concerns associated with processing for clean fuels are covered. This course will provide an overview of the diverse nature of the Reforming processes, depending on the feedstocks used, products made and the environmental issues. It will address process integration issues, which are vital for economic viability. Key variables that affect product yields and properties are described and their impact on the optimisation of the unit operation discussed. A framework is presented for troubleshooting operating problems and, throughout this discussion, participants are encouraged to describe their specific challenges.

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Distillation Debottlenecking & Optimisation

Refining of crude oil and the recovery of saleable products from the many processes in oil and chemical sites rely heavily on distillation units. Such is the scale of the refining and chemical distillation processes, even relatively small incremental improvements in efficiency and reliability, for a single unit, can generate benefits of many millions $/yr. This course will provide participants with a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of distillation. Practical methodologies for unit optimisation and design will be discussed and illustrated via case studies. These optimisation principles and practices will be transferable to the participants sites and locations, and indirectly should be highly beneficial to the bottom line of their operations.

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Energy

This course presents the up-to-date methodologies and techniques that are used to assess the energy efficiency of an oil refinery, and introduces systematic procedures for reducing the consumption and the energy bill. The course can be considered as a tool box for refinery energy co-ordinators and process engineers and managers who want to become conversant with all aspects of refinery energy efficiency. Much of the course time is dedicated to (1) developing thorough understanding of refinery energy topics, particularly how much, where, why and with what efficiency the energy is consumed, and (2) introducing the practical application of energy saving techniques. The format of the course is a combination of presentations and open discussions, during which particular refinery cases or problems can be brought forward and discussed. Simulation examples are used throughout the course to enhance the understanding, and participants will receive several basic energy software tools that they may find useful in their daily work.

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Fluid Catalytic Cracking

This course covers the core elements of FCC technology. A solid foundation is laid by covering the detail of Heat and Carbon Balance. Key variables that affect product yields and selectivity are described and their impact on the optimisation of the unit operation is discussed. Techniques used for control of the FCC fluid solids unit are also presented. Finally, a framework is presented for troubleshooting operating problems and, throughout this discussion; participants are encouraged to describe their specific challenges.

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Hydrocracking

This course is aimed at giving a practical overview of VGO & Resid hydrocracking. Today, refiners are faced with the challenge to maximise the yield of clean transportation fuels from crude oil. Hydrocracking provides the means to produce maximum low sulphur distillates, particularly kerosene, jet and diesel. This course provides a detailed overview of hydrocracking technology and covers the general theory and principles of hydrocracking chemistry and reactor kinetics. The course also covers the practicalities and impacts of hydrocracker design, feed effects and process variables. The third section covers plant monitoring, troubleshooting, product recovery and emergency procedures. A special section has been added that focuses exclusively on residuum processing. This course will address both vacuum gas oil and residuum Hydrocracking, it will explain the differences and advantages of the different processes and configurations as well as giving a detailed review of the fundamentals behind hydrocracking technology.

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Hydrotreating

This course covers the core elements of Hydrotreating technology. Key variables that affect product yields and properties are described and their impact on the optimisation of the unit operation discussed. A framework is presented for troubleshooting operating problems and, throughout this discussion; participants are encouraged to describe their specific challenges. The scope of the course includes the core of most Hydrotreating problems and attempts to cover solutions useful to design and operating engineers. Concerns associated with processing for clean fuels are covered. This course will provide an overview of the diverse nature of the Hydrotreating processes, depending on the feedstocks used, products made and the environmental issues. It will address process integration issues, which are vital for economic viability.

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Introduction to Refining Processes

This course will present an overview of a modern, integrated petroleum refinery, including the feedstock properties, product slate and the processes used to convert crude oil and intermediate streams into desirable products. Basic hydrocarbon chemistry, crude oil properties and fuel product quality will be discussed, including changes to products resulting from worldwide environmental legislation. Material and energy balances of the various processes will be discussed along with their impact on the overall operability and economic performance of the refinery. Each refining process will be presented covering equipment, operating conditions, feedstock, catalyst, yields, and the relationship between process parameters, unit performance and product output and properties. Additionally, future operations, including anticipated changes in crude oil and product slates will be discussed. The course is designed to complement and supplement material presented in other ERS training courses

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Refining Economics and Performance

This course differs from economics courses offered by others in focussing on the economic drivers on which day-to-day and longer term operational decisions are based. It also focuses on understanding refinery margins and making improvements in refinery profitability through operational excellence.

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Sulphur Recovery Process

Claus plants convert toxic H2S into harmless elemental sulphur. They are applied in a number of industries, notably in refineries, in natural gas plants and in the chemical industry. The course covers the role of Claus plants in refineries, chemistry of the Claus process, Claus plant configurations, the various tailgas treatment processes, start-up, shut-down and troubleshooting, optimisation of Claus operation, simulation of Claus plants on the computer, burners for Claus furnaces, the influence of clean fuels production on Claus plants, reaction of the various tailgas treatment processes to clean fuels production, oxygen enrichment and its consequences for the Claus process and the various tailgas treatment processes, trace behaviour in Claus as NH3 and NOx.

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