TECHNICAL SEMINARS

istock 000000784409small

Refining Process Services, Inc. provides technical training seminars in the field of petroleum refining, also called oil refining. The modern petroleum refinery has a series of core process units that create clean gasoline and low sulfur diesel fuel. The first oil refinery unit is crude oil desalting. The desalter removes salt, water and other contaminants from crude oil prior to distillation in an atmospheric tower. The fractions recovered from the atmospheric distillation tower include naphtha, kerosene, diesel and bottoms liquid called atmospheric resid. This material is fractionated via vacuum distillation into gas oil and vacuum resid.

 

Raw gasoline recovered from petroleum consists of light naphtha and heavy naphtha. Light naphtha is processed through an isomerization unit and heavy naphtha is processed in a catalytic reforming unit or reformer so that gasoline octane is improved. Kerosene is blended into jet fuel. Diesel fuel is treated in a hydrotreating unit or hydrotreater with catalyst and hydrogen to reduce sulfur level and improve quality. Gas oil is converted in fluid catalytic cracking and hydrocracking units or hydrocracker into gasoline and diesel. Light olefins from the fluid catalytic cracker are processed in either HF acid (hydrofluoric acid) or sulfuric acid alkylation units. Vacuum resid is processed in delayed coking units which convert heavy oil from crude into lighter products.

 

To learn more about this vital industry, Refining Process Services offers a series of technical training seminars. All programs are offered in the form of public seminars.   Most programs are also offered for in-house presentation at a client location.  Select theOn-Site Training tab for  more information.  A listing of core seminars is provided below. For further information click on the seminar title below:

WATER TREATMENT FOR REFINERIES AND CHEMICAL PLANTS

Petroleum refineries and chemical plants use water and steam in a variety of processes, ranging from crude oil desalting to FCC units, cokers, steam generators and cooling towers.  With scarcity of water common around the world proper treatment and operation of utility systems become critical to sustainable and reliable operations.  Water treatment issues can impact the effectiveness of the corrosion control program, compromising the integrity of key pieces of heat transfer equipment and negatively affecting the energy efficiency of process units.  New and improved options for wastewater treatment are critical in the effort to achieve ever more stringent refinery effluent water quality standards.  This program provides an in-depth discussion of all aspects of water treatment, including basic water chemistry, boiler water pretreatment, mechanical and chemical deaeration, control of corrosion, scale and deposition in boilers and cooling systems as well as all of the available technologies for wastewater treatment.

The seminar will be presented by Mr. Dave Puchan, Dr. John Sparapany, and Mr. Ron Tebbetts of Nalco Campion, an Ecolab Company.  These professionals have extensive hands-on experience in all areas of water treatment technologies and have worked with refineries and chemical plants around the world to solve all types of water treatment problems.  The program is designed to allow those in attendance to closely interact with the instructors and the other participants to share knowledge and techniques for water treatment applications.  The program was developed for those who are concerned with all aspects of water treatment technologies in their facilities.  It is ideal for process and design engineers, unit operators and supervisors, operations engineers, and maintenance personnel.  The program is also well-suited for personnel from consulting companies, engineering firms, and suppliers of services to the refining and petrochemicals industries.
 

PROGRAM OUTLINE

Day 1

COOLING WATER AGENDA

1. THE SYSTEM

  • Cooling Tower
  • Heat Exchangers

2. SCALE

  • Theory & Types
  • Modeling & Prediction
  • Treatment Options
  • Monitoring

3. CORRISION & BIOLOGICAL

  • Theory & Types
  • Modeling & Prediction
  • Treatment Options
  • Monitoring

4. FOULING

  • Mud
  • Debris

5. PROCESS LEAKS

  • Reliability & Cost Impacts
  • Detection & Control

Day 2

BOILER WATER AGENDA

6.  BFW MAKEUP STREAMS

  • Ion Exchange
  • Reverse Osmosis
  • Return Condensate

7.  DEAERATION

  • Oxygen Corrosion
  • Mechanical Removal
  • Chemical Removal

8.  BOILER WATER CHEMISTRY

  • Steam Generators
  • Deposition and Corrosion
  • Boiler Treatments

9.  STEAM PURITY

  • Steam Contamination
  • Steam Sampling
  • Water Quality Issues

10. STEAM/CONDENSATE

  • Condensate Corrosion
  • Condensate Treatment

11. STEAM SYSTEM ECONOMICS

Day 3

CLARIFICATION / WASTE WATER

12. CLARIFICATION PROCESS

  • Coagulation
  • Flocculation
  • Sedimentation
  • Equipment & Operation

13. WASTE TREATMENT PLANTS

  • Pretreatment
  • Primary Treatment
  • Secondary Treatment
  • Tertiary Treatment
  • Sludge Thickning/Dewatering
  • Sludge Disposal
  • Disinfection

14. ADVANCED TREATMENT TOPICS

  • Respirometry
  • OUR and SOUR

 

PROGRAM SPEAKERS

Dave Puchan started his career in water treatment in 1972 after receiving a BS degree in Physical Chemistry. Since joining Nalco in 1983, he has been involved with the chemical and refining industries exclusively.  His experience with Nalco includes field sales and management, technical management, global consulting and, in his present position, Global Industrial Technical Consultant Downstream. His areas of specialization are pretreatment, boiler systems, and cooling systems. He provides Advanced Technical Support to petrochemical plants and refineries and conducts classes annually on Boiler System Control.

 

John Sparapany joined Nalco in 1987 after receiving a PhD in Organic Chemistry and completing a post-doctoral fellowship at Northwestern University.  As a research team leader, he studied polymer structure-activity relationships, and established an audit process to identify areas for gaining new efficiencies and profitability.  He is now a Global Technical Manager for Nalco, responsible for managing the Technical Resource Center, and providing global support for water treatment.  John has published several articles and currently holds 17 US patents.

 

Ron Tebbetts is a Technical Consultant and Refining Industry Development Manager for Nalco Champion.  For the past 27 years, Ron has worked extensively in all aspects of water treatment including cooling treatment, boiler treatment, waste water treatment, and pretreatment in the Refining, Chemical Processing, Power, and Pulp & Paper industries across North America and the Caribbean.  In his current role, Ron specializes in cooling water technical assessments, program design, and market innovation within the North American  refining industry.  He’s also engaged in development of protocols for modeling system reliability and total system cost control, and has conducted seminars on cooling water technology.  He holds a BS degree from Louisiana State University.

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

Calendar of Seminars

<      >
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
      1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031     
Joomla templates by Joomlashine