Refining 101: Non-Technical

The refinery provides the key conversions from crude oil and other feedstocks into an array of petroleum products needed by the energy marketplace. This two-day course presents a "low-to-mid-tech" view of the basics of petroleum refining, the processing units that make up typical refining configurations in world markets, and the key factors comprising the economic "drivers" of refinery operations.

There are about 163 operating refineries in the U.S. and Canada, and their technology, processes, and market significance vary widely. EMI will guide you through each complex refining stage along the way to distill diverse crude grades into a host of refined products from gasoline to residual products. 

What You Will Learn

The key processing operations involved in a refinery will be discussed. We'll apply just enough "chemistry" to understand the "big picture" of what conversions are taking place and why. You will also learn how value is added in the refinery, and you'll learn about the derivation of "relative value" among the various crude oil and feedstock choices in the global marketplace. 

Topics covered include:

  • Crude oil characteristics.
  • Refinery types and degrees of complexity.
  • Distillation.
  • Cracking.
  • Hydrogen treatment.
  • Catalytic reforming.
  • Alkylation.
  • Isomerization.
  • Gas treatment.
  • Primary product pools.
  • Economic drivers and the refinery margins.

Who Should Attend

New employees, or those newly assigned to responsibilities in the various aspects of the petroleum industry would find this refining class especially helpful in understanding the role of the various operating units and how these units fit together to efficiently produce a wide array of products. For example those assigned in upstream, mid-stream, marketing, tax, legal, and information technology functions typically have little or no knowledge of the refinery, which is one of the fundamental building blocks of the petroleum industry.