ERS Crude Atmospheric and Vacuum Units Operations Course

Course information

Refining of crude oil and the recovery of saleable products rely heavily on distillation units. Although in some respects distillation technology is fairly mature, today there remains considerable opportunities for improved operation. Such is the scale of the refining 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 Atmospheric and Vacuum Crude Unit Operations.

Technologists from backgrounds as diverse as technical support, operations, planning, and process control, could all find the course helpful.

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Delegates will receive details of the main configurations for crude and vacuum units.

Key parameters affecting the performance of crude and vacuum units – for example overflash, pumparound operations, where to draw side distillates, the significance of the L/V ratio, and why do we use stripping steam  will be explained.

Unit operating problems and equipment reliability will be addressed with key availability risk parameters for these units being reviewed.

Finally Case studies for optimising these units will be discussed.

If delegates wish to bring a schematic their own unit CDU/VDU configurations discussion of optimisation opportunities may be possible.

Learning objectives

Learning objectives:

Upon completion participants will be knowledgeable in the fundamental operation of Atmospheric and Vacuum Crude Units, and understand the relationships between unit operating variables and product yields and quality.

This online training module will provide an understanding of :

  • Key parameters affecting crude and vacuum units
  • Main unit availability risks
  • Potential optimisation opportunities for your unit



Who should attend?

Professionals working in operation, design and troubleshooting with a focus on the Crude and Vacuum Unit.
The course will be highly valuable to all engineers involved in the operation and design of Crude processing facilities. Additionally, the course will be useful to any technical personnel wishing to gain a perspective of how to assess or evaluate engineering optimisation of the Crude processing units.
Those who are experienced in other fields and seek a review of the impact of Crude Unit operations on product yields will also find this course most beneficial.

Job Titles/Functions Appropriate for the Course Include:

• Process, Project, and Plant Engineers
• Computer/System Analysts and Refinery Modelling Engineers
• Operations Economic Evaluators
• Product, Equipment, Chemicals, Supplies or Services Sales Personnel yields and selectivity.



Course Presenter

Stuart Fraser was formerly head of the Separations Group in BP Refining for 13 years, and worked in a number of process engineering, simulation and technical roles in BP for over 30 years.  He has extensive experience of distillation design, revamps, troubleshooting and optimisation.  He is also an expert user of simulation tools.  Stuart was formerly a member of FRI Technical Committee, and also Vice Chair of IChemE Fluid Separations subject group.   Stuart  graduated with a BSc in Chemical Engineering  and is a member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers.


£350.00 +VAT

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