Course information

The ERS Introduction to Refining training course is a thorough skills course for professionals working within the refining business. The course will be invaluable to all professionals working in the operation, design and troubleshooting of all refining activities. In addition, the course will be of value to other staff in providing an insight into how a refinery is integrated within the petroleum and petrochemical industry. Those who are experienced in other fields and seek a review of the fundamentals of Refining will also find this course most beneficial

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Description

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

Learning objectives

Upon completion, graduates will be knowledgeable in the fundamentals of refining processes and understand the individual unit operations in terms of design, operation and troubleshooting.
After completing this course you will:

  • Have a thorough understanding of the petroleum industry from crude exploration, production through to product specifications and shipment.
  • Understand hydrocarbon separation using fractional distillation, catalytic hydrotreatment of intermediate streams, conversion and octane processes.
  • Know the relevant refinery operations.
  • Be able to size pumps, compressors, heat exchangers, piping and control systems.
  • Be able to solve problems via Trouble shooting and Root Cause Analysis.
Who should attend?

The ERS  Introduction to Refining training course will benefit professionals working in the operation, design and troubleshooting of all refining activities. In addition, the course will be of value to other staff in providing an

insight into how a refinery is integrated within the petroleum and petrochemical industry.

Those who are experienced in other fields and seek a review of the fundamentals of Refining will also find this course most beneficial.

This course has been designed for personnel who require a complete overview of refinery processing and performance benchmarks. It will provide valuable information for those with limited to moderate petroleum refining experience or those who are involved in supporting operations.

Course Presenter

Martin Murphy is a Director and founder of MAM Consulting Ltd. He has over 40 years experience in the oil refining and allied industries from design, troubleshooting, operation and optimisation of both fuels and lubes processes as well as catalysis manufacture and application.
He has worked throughout the world in Exploration and Refining with ExxonMobil and BP, has started up and managed technical service departments, started up many FCCUs including ones at ExxonMobil, Total and Repsol. He spent several years at ExxonMobil sites implementing non-investment operating improvements.
While at BASF he managed new catalyst development programmes in Reforming and FCC as well as streamlining FCC catalyst production at one of their manufacturing plants.
He was the founder of Global Technology Forum, the organisers of the ERTC and ARTC series of Conferences.
He holds patents in fractionation and conversion processes and has authored several papers on operational analysis of conversion processes and catalysis.
Martin is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Energy Institute. He graduated in Chemical Engineering from University College Dublin, Ireland.

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