Web-based Training

Introduction

ERS Web Based training courses are broadcast live via Microsoft Teams. Maximum attendance is limited to 10 delegates to ensure a tutorial-based atmosphere where attendees can ask questions of the speaker during the course. The courses are based around daily modules consisting of 2 x 1 ½ hr. presentations with a 30minute break. Where the course is longer than 3 hrs. the modules are presented on consecutive days. Courses vary from 1 – 5 modules.

Upcoming Courses

ERS Fluid Catalytic Cracking

TBA – To be held online.

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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ERS Crude and Vacuum Unit Operation

TBA – To be held online.

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 Crude Oil fractionation units. 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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All Our Web-based Courses (A -Z)

FCC Olefins Production

The ERS FCC Olefins Productions Course will focus on key reaction chemistry and kinetic pathways for maximising C3 and C4 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

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Crude and Vacuum Units Operation

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 Crude Oil fractionation units. 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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Refinery Processes

The ERS Refinery Processes training course is a 3-module skills course for professionals working within the refining industry. The course will be invaluable to all professionals working in the operation, design and troubleshooting of all refining activities. It will provide engineers with an overall insight into the various process plants that go to make an integrated refinery. It will also cover all the basic chemical engineering unit processes employed in these refinery process plants.

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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 Efficiency

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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Modularised Energy Efficiency

This ERS Energy Efficiency Course consists of 4 x 3hour training modules, each covering a distinct aspect of refinery energy efficiency.

The modules are self contained and can be purchased separately or as a series of 4 modules. They will typically be presented sequentially over a 4 day period.

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MODULE 1 (ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND PROFITABILITY)

MODULE 2 (IMPROVING ENERGY EFFICIENCY OF DISTILLATION UNITS)

MODULE 3 (OPTIMISING REFINERY STEAM SYSTEMS)

MODULE 4 (PROCESS HEAT INTEGRATION)

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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

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. 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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