ERS FCC Olefins Production Course

Course information

With phasing out of fossil fuel use in transportation the FCC process is likely to take on a more important role in olefin production for the Chemicals Industry.

The ERS FCC Olefins Productions Course is an ideal course for those engineers who wish to improve their knowledge in Propylene and Butylene production from the FCC.

The course will focus on key reaction chemistry and kinetic pathways for maximising olefin production. It will review commercial FCC performance, and using the commercial data, highlight the key catalytic and operational factors that influence olefin production. A simplified pseudo kinetic model of the commercial unit will be produced from the operating data to illustrate how operational change can increase olefin yields.

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

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The petroleum industry uses FCC as the primary basis for conversion.

This course covers the core Reaction Chemistry involved in the FCC process. It translates that Chemistry into reaction pathways with a pseudo kinetic structure that links the impact of operating change and feed quality to individual product yields.

Actual commercial operating data is then used to tune this pseudo kinetic model to the real world unit performance.

A heat balance model is created to allow this pseudo kinetic model to predict how changes in feed quality, catalyst, and operating conditions, impact on product yields.

The model, based in Excel is then used to explore the impact of operating change on issues such as maximising FCC Olefins.

Learning objectives

Learning objectives:

Upon completion participants will be knowledgeable in the fundamental chemistry and kinetics of Fluid Catalytic Cracking and understand the relationships between unit operating variables and Light Olefin Production.

After completing this course, you will:

• Have a thorough understanding of the core features of the Fluid Catalytic Cracking Process, from feed properties, through to product yields and qualities.

• Understand the significance of the heat and carbon balance between the Reactor and Regenerator.

• Understand the pseudo kinetic structure that links operating conditions and feed quality to product yields.

• Be able to tune the pseudo kinetic structure to actual commercial FCC operating data.

• Be able to develop a heat balance model to allow the pseudo kinetic model to predict the impact of operating changes on FCC yields and operating constraints.

• Be able to explore optimisation opportunities such as maximising FCC Olefins.

Who should attend?

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

Job Titles/Functions Appropriate for the Course Include:

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




Course Presenter

George Blair is a Director of Eurotek Refining Services Ltd and a Senior Refinery Process Consultant with experience in key refining process operations, design, sales, training and coaching. He has worked for various divisions of BP, UOP and Exxon/Mobil over a 40-year career. Within BP he was Technology Co-ordinator in Europe and Senior FCC Consultant overseeing FCC Technology. His BP achievements include Increased Capital Investment efficiency through front end project work (20-50% reduction in CAPEX relative to contractor/licenser proposals), development of BP Amoco’s proprietary FCC yield prediction model, and integration with other refinery optimisation tools, coaching of young engineers to maximise both individual potential and corporate value, two Chairman’s awards for Technical Excellence in 8 years, building of a refinery focused technology support network providing high quality FCC technology support to BP refineries worldwide. Within Exxon/Mobil he was a consultant Engineer for European refineries in the area of FCC and Section Head of the Refinery Technical Service Group (Fawley Refinery). George has a B. Sc Hons. in Chemical Engineering and Management Studies from Loughborough University, a Diploma in Industrial Studies Loughborough University


£1,000.00 +VAT

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