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:

UTILITY COST SAVINGS IN REFINERIES & CHEMICAL PLANTS

 

The program will cover proven design and operating practices for cost-effective retrofit measures to reduce fuel + power utility costs by 15-40%, typically by about $1-1.50/bbl. The presentations begin with an overview of current trends in energy efficiency and refinery economics, followed by detailed discussions on how to optimize the efficiencies of fired heaters, boilers, gas turbines + HRSG’s, steam turbines and cooling water systems. In addition, strategies for efficiently integrating sitewide utilities systems will be covered. Finally, case studies will be presented to illustrate the benefits that can be achieved through these upgrades.

The program will be presented by Mr. Jimmy D Kumana, who is an internationally recognized expert and published author in the field of practical process energy optimization, and who has led dozens of such training courses over the world. Illustrative examples are based on Mr Kumana’s personal experience on real projects; spreadsheet software will be distributed on a flash drive for the working sessions.

The program should be of particularly great value to refinery and petrochemical process engineers charged with utilities cost reduction at their plant sites, as well as Account Managers from gas and electric Utility companies responsible for Demand Side energy reduction, and managers at government environmental policy/regulatory agencies.

 

PROGRAM OUTLINE

1.  INTRODUCTION

    • Industry Trends - Renewables, Electric Vehiles, Product Slates
    • Refinery Economics 

2.  FIRED HEATERS 

    • Efficiency Calculation
    • Efficiency ImprovementCapacity Debottlenecking
      • Flue Gas O2 Control
      • Economizers
      • Waste Het Boilers
    • Capacity Debottlenecking

3.  BOILERS     

    • Efficiency Calculation   
    • Efficiency Improvement         
      • Integrated System Design
      • Optimized Operation

4.  GAS TURBINES + HRSGs

    • System Configuration Options   
    • Performance Analysis 
    • Performance ImprovementSteam Injection
      • Inlet Air Cooling
      • Integration with Furnaces
      • Integration with Boilers
      • Network Load Management
    • Steam Injection

5.  STEAM TURBINES 

    • Configuration Options   
    • System vs Machine Efficiency 
    • Performance Analysis Performance Improvement
      • Mollier Diagram
      • Spreadsheet Simulation Model
      • Operating Constraints
    • Performance Improvement

6.  COOLING WATER

    • Typical CW Networks   
    • Optimized CW Network 
    • CW Pump Driver Selection

7.  SITEWIDE UTILITY SYSTEMS INTEGRATION  

    • Composite and Grand Composite Curves  
    • The Pinch Principle 
    • Optimum Energy Integration of Utilities
    • Total Site Utilities Selection   
    • Utility System Simulation Modeling

8.  CASE STUDIES

    • Chemical Plant - Gulf Coast, USA   
    • Oil Refinery - Soutwest USA

 

PROGRAM SPEAKER

Jimmy D. Kumana has over 40 years of experience in the areas of process design and energy optimization. He worked for both manufacturing and engineering design companies before establishing Kumana & Associates, specializing in optimization techniques for energy efficiency. He has been a consultant to Blue-Chip companies world-wide including Amoco (now BP), ConocoPhillips, Pemex, PetroChina, Tesoro (now Marathon), Saudi Aramco, Dupont, Ineos, Lubrizol, Monsanto, Solutia (now Eastman Chem), Union Carbide (now Dow), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, SABIC, and SASOL. He has also been a consultant to energy utilities including EPRI, GRI, Southern Cal Edison, Xcel Energy, Southern Cal Gas and Dubai Supply Authority, as well as to the US Dept of Energy, Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and Minerals, the World Bank (IFC), and UNIDO. He has authored or co-authored over 70 technical papers and book chapters and was the instructor for AIChE’s course on Heat Recovery Optimization for many years. Mr. Kumana holds an M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.

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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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