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:

STEAM CRACKING AND OLEFIN TECHNOLOGY

Crude cracking is the major route to olefins production and is vital to the profitability of petrochemical operations. Recent swings in markets have renewed interest in both gas cracking and liquids cracking. This program has been developed to provide an in-depth, and practical review of steam cracking and olefins technology.  Feed flexibility, smooth operation, capacity and product quality are critically important goals that can be difficult to achieve.  Many complex process, equipment, and reliability issues have to be balanced to optimize run-length, capacity, and quality.  With the many variables involved, constant adjustments are required.

The program’s content is both comprehensive and wide-ranging.  Sessions begin with a discussion of olefins processes, including process objectives, feed characterization, products, process flow sequences, cold-ends equipment, hot-ends equipment and auxiliary systems. Special emphasis is placed on areas of high current interest in the industry.  Attendees will gain an understanding of how process requirements, equipment operation, and economic objectives interact.  Once the fundamentals are established, the session moves into the topics of operation, control, troubleshooting and revamps.  The program speaker is Mr. Andrew Sloley, Principal Consultant for Advisian (WorleyParsons Group) in Houston, Texas.

Program participants will have ample opportunity to obtain a broad working knowledge of steam cracking operations, to gain insight into current technology and trends, and to interact with others working in this area.  The program is ideal for personnel involved in petrochemical process engineering, plant operations, troubleshooting, and technical services.  Process engineers from design and construction companies as well as those providing services to the steam cracking industry should also find this program beneficial.

 

PROGRAM OUTLINE

1.  INTRODUCTION AND PROCESS OBJECTIVES

   • Feeds and Yields

   • Products

   • General Process Sequences

   • Hot-ends

   • Cold-ends

2.   CRACKING FURNACES

   • Furnace Types

   • Operation

   • Decoking

   • Metallurgy

   • Reliability

   • Transfer Line Exchangers

3.   QUENCH TOWERS AND PRIMARY FRACTIONATORS

   • Energy Recovery

   • Steam Generation

   • Equipment and Reliability

4  . CHARGE GAS COMPRESSION

   • Compressors

   • Fouling

   • Drivers

5.   HoT-Ends Sequences

6.   COLD-ENDS SEQUENCES

   • General Sequences

   • Drying

   • Charge Gas Compression

• Ethylene Production

• Propylene Production 

7.   COLD-ENDS EQUIPMENT

   • Cold-Boxes

   • Heat-Exchangers

   • Turboexpanders

   • Trace Contaminants 

8.   ACETYLENE

   • Front-End Conversion

   • Back-End Conversion 

9.   REFRIGERATION SYTEMS

   • Ethylene Refrigeration

   • Propylene Refrigeration

   • Mixed Refrigeration

   • Heat Recovery and Energy Efficiency

   • Refrigeration Compressors 

10.  HYDROGEN

   • Cryogenic Production

   • Methanation

   • PSA 

11.  HEAVY PRODUCTS

   • Butadiene

   • Pyrolysis Gasoline

   • Pyrolysis Tar

12.  CURRENT TOPICS

   • Flexibility for Gas and Liquid Cracking

   • Energy Recovery and Climate Change

   • Safety

           

 

PROGRAM SPEAKER

Andrew W. Sloleyis a Consultant for Advisian (WorleyParsons Group), Houston, Texas. He has over 35 years of experience in the hydrocarbon processing industry.  At Advisian he is primarily responsible for economic analysis and conceptual design of refinery modifications for profit improvement. He has extensively worked on petrochemical and refining units. His other responsibilities include proposal preparation, technical support and system troubleshooting.  Andrew has authored or co-authored over 250 publications on petrochemical and refinery operations in the areas of equipment design and troubleshooting.  He is currently a contributing editor on equipment and plant design forChemical Processingmagazine.  He has a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tulsa and is a licensed professional engineer in Texas.

 

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