TECHNICAL SEMINARS

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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 in a variety of processes, ranging from crude oil desalting to FCC units, cokers, steam generators, reactor jackets 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 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. Lance Cox, Mr. Dave Puchan and Ms. Tina Syvret of Nalco Champion, 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. It is ideal for process and design engineers, unit operators and supervisors, operations engineers, and maintenance personnel. The program is also of great value to personnel from consulting companies, engineering firms, and suppliers of services to the refining and chemicals industries. 

 

PROGRAM OUTLINE

 
Day 1
 

CLARIFICATION / WASTEWATER

 

1.  CLARIFICATION PROCESS

 
  • Coagulation
  • Flocculation
  • Equipment & Operation
  • Filtration

2.  WASTE TREATMENT PLANTS

 
  • Primary Treatment
    • Equipment
    • Monitoring
    • Troubleshooting
  • Secondary Treatment
    • Basic Concepts
    • Activated Sludge Control
  • Mass Balance
  • Nitrification
  • Control Test Monitoring
  • Respirometry
  • Sludge / Dewatering  
    • Equipment

3.  CRUDE IMPACT ON WWT

 

Day 2

BOILER WATER AGENDA

4.  BFW MAKEUP STREAMS

  • Ion Exchange
  • Reverse Osmosis
  • Return Condensate

5.  DEAERATION

  • Oxygen Corrosion
  • Mechanical Removal
  • Chemical Removal

 

 

6.  BOILER WATER CHEMISTRY

 

  • Steam Generators
  • Deposition and Corrosion
  • Boiler Treatments

 

 

7. STEAM PURITY

  • Steam Contamination
  • Steam Sampling
  • Water Quality Issues

 

8.  STEAM / CONDENSATE                             

 
  • Condensate Corrosion
  • Condensate Treatment
 

9.  STEAM SYSTEM ECONOMICS

 

 

Day 3

 

COOLING WATER AGENDA

 

10. THE SYSTEM

 
  • Cooling Tower
  • Heat Exchangers
 

11. SCALE

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

12. CORRISION & BIOLOGICAL

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

13. FOULING

 
  • Mud
  • Debris
 

14. PROCESS LEAKS

 
  • Reliability & Cost Impacts
  • Detection & Control
 

PROGRAM SPEAKERS

Lance Cox has been with Nalco Champion for 29 years. He currently works as the manager for the Industry Technical Consultant group within Nalco Champion.  Current responsibilities encompass the US and Canada.  While his focus is in the management of technical applications, other responsibilities include training, product development and management and participation in industry trade organizations.  He has experience in water applications within a diverse industrial base to include Petrochemical, Refining, Power, Ag and Specialty Chemicals.  Lance has designed and been responsible for the implementation of technical and service programs within these industries holding various roles in Nalco Champion to include sales and Regional Technical Marketing.  He holds a BS Degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech University.

Dave Puchan started his career in water treatment in 1972 after receiving an MS degree in Physical Chemistry. Since joining Nalco Chemical Co. in 1983, he has been involved exclusively with the chemical and refining industries. 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.

Tina Syvret has 32 years of experience working in wastewater applications for Nalco Champion, an Ecolab Company. The majority of her career was spent in refineries and chemical plants in Canada where she gained an understanding of the contaminants inherent to the processes and their impact on wastewater treatment systems. In her current role as Senior Industry Technical Consultant, based out of Houston, Tina travels to waste water plants globally to develop and optimize Nalco Champion’s treatment technologies which enable customers to manage the challenges of processing unconventional crudes. She has presented several papers on wastewater treatment challenges and unconventional crudes. Tina graduated from McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada, HonsBSC Chemistry.  

Ron Tebbetts is an Industry Technical Consultant for Nalco Champion. Since starting with Nalco Chemical Co. in 1987, Ron has worked extensively in all aspects of water treatment including cooling treatment, boiler treatment, waste water treatment and pretreatment in the Refining, Chemical, Power and Pulp & Paper industries across North America, the Caribbean and in Asia Pacific. In his current role Ron specializes in cooling water technical assessments, program design, and system troubleshooting for the refining and chemical industries. He has conducted numerous seminars on cooling water technology and has presented papers on water systems modeling. He holds a BS degree from Louisiana State University.

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

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UPCOMING SEMINARS

10/21/2019 - 10/22/2019
Crude Oil Desalting
10/21/2019 - 10/22/2019
Refinery Troubleshooting
10/22/2019 - 10/24/2019
Catalytic Reforming Process Technology
10/23/2019 - 10/24/2019
How to Blend Gasoline and Diesel in Refineries
10/23/2019 - 10/25/2019
Water Treatment for Refineries and Chemical Plants
10/23/2019 - 10/25/2019
Refinery Economics and Margin Improvement
10/23/2019 - 10/25/2019
Crude Oil Distillation
10/25/2019 - 10/25/2019
How to Blend Gasoline and Diesel for Traders
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