Fundamentals of Petroleum Refining (VIRTUAL CLASSROOM) - FPRV 

CPE Credits Awarded: 10
Categories: Oil Industry, Online Training, Refining, Virtual Classroom Courses

Course Date Duration Venue Price Registration Deadline Register
21 Nov 2022 4 Days Globally Online - London & Singapore Time Country: sg
$ (USD)1,450.00
14 Oct 2022


21-24 November 2022
 London Timing  Singapore Timing
Session 1: 21 November 2022 
 8:00 - 10:30 BST
 4:00pm - 6:30pm SGT
Session 2: 22 November 2022
 8:00 - 10:30 BST  4:00pm - 6:30pm SGT
Session 3: 23 November 2022
 8:00 - 10:30 BST  4:00pm - 6:30pm SGT
Session 4: 24 November 2022
 8:00 - 10:30 BST  4:00pm - 6:30pm SGT


Fundamentals of Petroleum Refining is a VIRTUAL classroom course presented by the energy training experts at Mennta Energy Solutions.

You don't need an engineering degree to understand the fundamentals of petroleum refining! This exciting course is designed to introduce non-technical oil industry members to the fascinating field of petroleum refining. Learn how a refinery works and how refinery operations affect global oil and product prices.  Also, you'll be introduced to refinery economics.

This virtual solution is comprised of four live instructor-led sessions hosted on state-of-the-art training software with video, audio, chat, live polls, breakout sessions and much more!  The program will also include several self-study assignments to maximize the time with the instructor.


Class delegates include anyone who needs to understand how this cornerstone of the petroleum industry works. New members of the industry will be given a great introduction to the industry. Marketing personnel will grasp the intricacies of how the products they market come to exist. Those from the service side of the industry (brokerage, software, consulting) will get a first-hand view of this the most fundamental aspect of the oil industry.


Prerequisite to Session 1 Self-Study Assignment:  4.5 Hours On-Demand

  • Fundamentals of Petroleum Refining Pre-Study
    • Foundational terminology and concepts
  • Fuels Quality Overview (FQO) online course
    • Distinguish between diesel and gasoline
    • Recognize what octane is and why octane ratings are important
    • Identify the history of gasoline manufacturing and the drivers for its continued change
    • Identify the impact that government legislation has on fuel quality, including the use of biofuels and the reduction of exhaust emissions
    • Identify the roles played by ethanol, reformulated gasoline, biodiesel and other components of fuel
  • Introduction to Refinery Economics (IRE) online course
    • Identify the factors affecting refinery profitability
    • Recognize how crude oil quality affects refining value
    • Identify how refineries plan and optimize their output
    • Point out how refinery margins are calculated
    • Distinguish between the main trends in worldwide refining

Virtual Instructor-Led Session 1:  2 Hours

  • Review of prerequisite learning and introduction to refining
  • Fundamentals of crude oil
  • Petroleum chemistry fundamentals
  • The major stages of refining
  • Exercises
    • Team Refinery Competition

Virtual Instructor-Led Session 2: 2 Hours

  • Atmospheric and vacuum distillation
  • Cracking processes   
    • Catalytic cracking
    • Thermal cracking
    • Coking
    • Hydrocracking
  • Exercises
    • Building the Refinery Flowchart
    • Team Refinery Competition (continued)

Virtual Instructor-Led Session 3: 2 Hours

  • Catalytic reforming
  • Gas plants
    • Processing sequence
      • Cracking vs. non-cracking
  • Isomerization
    • Butane isomerization
    • Pentane/Hexane Isomerization
  • Alkylation
    • Sulfuric acid alkylation
    • Hydrofluoric acid alkylation
  • Hydrotreating
    • Treatment Processes
    • Solvent Recovery of Aromatics
  • Exercises
    • Building the Refinery Flowchart (continued)
    • Team Refinery Competition (continued)

Virtual Instructor-Led Session 4: 2 Hours

  • Blending for finished products
  • Summary
  • Exercises
    • Building the Refinery Flowchart (continued)
    • Team Refinery Competition (continued)

Post Session 4 Self-Study Assignment: 2 hours On-Demand

  • Elective course
    • Two-hour online course of delegate's choice


Mary Jackson has over twenty-five years’ experience in the energy industry. After university she began her career at BP, working in the information management group, before joining the Manufacturing, Supply and Trading department. She subsequently worked at Saladin as a consultant, working closely with clients throughout the world and providing consultancy advice on energy market analysis, trading and risk management. In several senior roles at Saladin, she managed the energy consulting team, ran the energy market information service and directed strategy for new software and information product development.

Since 2000, Mary has worked as an independent energy market consultant and she formed Kingston Energy Consulting with Nigel Harris in 2002. Kingston Energy provides consultancy services to companies involved in energy markets and trading. A key area of work has been the European natural gas market - Kingston Energy has researched and authored a well-respected report on European natural gas trading which has been published annually since 2004.

Mary has lectured regularly for Mennta Energy Solutions on energy markets, trading and risk management and is also a regular speaker and panel member at public conferences. She has written articles for industry publications including Harts Energy Markets, Energy Risk, Global Energy Business and Petroleum Review.

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