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:

HOW TO BLEND GASOLINE AND DIESEL FOR TRADERS

“I want a boring Engineer to lecture at me for 8 hours.”  Said no one.  Ever.  That’s why this fun and fast paced one day workshop is taught by a very high energy extrovert, Mr. Lance Ulrich.  Lance breaks those endless Powerpoint decks into bite sized pieces with plenty of hands on exercises to keep everyone engaged and to reinforce the concepts.   There is just enough chemistry so that traders can spot bad information and errors, but can rely on the software to do the heavy lifting.  Technology and global competition have vastly expanded the capabilities of Additive as well as Inspection/Testing companies.  This program is specifically designed to give participants the practical knowledge to leverage these new capabilities to grow your business by boosting Octane or Cetane to upgrade products, fixing highly distressed off-spec product cargoes, and many other profit generating ideas.  Traders will be able to immediately start making money with their new skills and knowledge when they get back home.

All discussion topics are reinforced by classroom exercises in www.netBlend.net, state of the art cloud-based blending software from Haverly Systems Inc.   No cumbersome installation, problems with macros, or updates are required with www.netBlend.net – it is accessed through Internet Explorer simply by opening www.netBlend.net and logging in with your unique username and password.   NetBlend uses GRTMPS, a total refinery optimization engine, to optimize blends.  This software is infinitely more powerful than Excel Solver and can therefore find more profitable, non-intuitive blends.  Custom Component and Product Libraries are saved for each user and can be shared with others.  Users can easily upload the latest component and product test results from Excel, build an optimized blend, and download the Blend Report in Excel.  Note that attendees receive a free one month subscription to the blending software www.netBlend.net from Haverly Systems Inc and a copy of the program material.  

The program was developed and will be presented by Mr. Lance Ulrich (ex-Koch, CHS, Phillips 66, Valero, AspenTech).  Lance is one of those rare engineers that loves to interact with people.  He is a lively, fun speaker and is focused on delivering world class technical content in an enjoyable and engaging manner. This program emphasizes leveraging the expertise of outside companies and cloud-based technology as well as soft skills to grow your trading business and career.   Participants should bring their laptop computer with Excel and Internet Explorer installed to run exercises and blend optimizers.  EXCEL SOLVER IS NOT REQUIRED.

This one day condensed program is specifically designed for Gasoline and Diesel Traders.  However, Trading Executives, Fuel Business Development Professionals, Independent Blenders, Terminal Operators, refined product marketing organizations, and government agencies responsible for fuel regulations will also find this program informative and very useful. 

 

SYLLABUS 

 

 

1.TRANSPORATION FUELS SPECS

•Specs for Most Common Grades of Gasoline and Diesel

•Laboratory ASTM Test Methods

•Properties of Common Components

•Property Interactions of Different Components

 

2.INSPECTION AND TESTING COMPANY CAPABILITIES

•Sampling Requirements and Details

•Tests and Quality Assurance

•Index of Local and Global Companies, Contacts, Pros and Cons

•How to Evaluate and Choose an Inspection and Testing Company

 

3.ADDITIVE COMPANY CAPABILITIES

•Additives: Octane & Cetane Boosters, Cloud and Pour Depressants

•Equipment to Store, Dose, Mix, and Manage Additive Injection

•Creativity Example: Speed Boats to Treat Cargos During Transport

•Index of Local and Global Companies, Pro/Cons, How to Evaluate

 

4.TRADER SPECIFIC BLEND ECONOMICS

       •Quality Arb: When is it Worth it to Boost Octane or Cetane?

•Geographic Arb: Non-intuitive Technical Considerations

•Blend Profit Calculations and Optimization Methods

 

5.OVERVIEW OF CLEAN FUELS AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

      •Renewable Fuels, Ethanol Blending, Sulfur Reduction Tier III

 

6.YOU WILL SOLVE TYPICAL TRADER BLEND PROBLEMS USING www.netBlend.net

•How to Configure NetBlend to Calculate Linear and Non-Linear

 Gasoline and Diesel Properties

•Blend Components to Make On-Spec Gasoline and Diesel

•Use Additives to Boost Octane and Cetane

•Fixing Off-Spec Gasoline and Diesel with Additives or Components

•Eliminate Data Entry: How to Import and Validate Lab Test Results

•Automating Work Flow: How to Share Libraries and Blend Orders

 

7.MAKING MONEY

    •Reduce Working Capital Tied Up in Inventory

    •Save Big Money by Reducing Quality Giveaway

    •Make it for Less: Make Spec with the Cheapest Components

    •Discover Highly Profitable Non-Intuitive Blend Recipes

 

8. SOFT SKILLS AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT

•How to Get Your Ideas Implemented

Break Through Resistance by Building Coalitions

Career Tips – Leverage Blending to Advance Your Career

Networking with Professionals from Around the World

9. TRADER TALK / OPEN FORUM

•Each Trader to Present Problems and Get Feedback

 

PROGRAM SPEAKER  

Lance Ulrich has over 26 years of experience in the Petroleum Refining Industry.  The first half of his career was spent in the Engineering and Operations side of the business as a Process Engineer, Project Engineer/Manager, PSM Coordinator and Frontline Operations/Turnaround Supervisor.  The second half has been concentrated in Planning and Economics, first as a Models Engineer, then Operations Planner, Planning Manager, Director and VP of Optimization.  Lance retired from corporate life in 2016 and now runs his own training and consulting business, RefineryU LLC, which concentrates on Lance's core, planning and economics, and offers both public and private workshops around the globe.  Since he is an extreme extrovert, teaching is a natural fit and Lance enjoys every minute of it.  His goal is to teach, not just the technical concepts, but also the soft skills to break through resistance and get your ideas implemented as well as advance your career.  Lance has a BS and MS in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana.

            

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