The International Petrochemicals Business - Technology, Markets and Economics (VIRTUAL CLASS) - CH0V 

CPE Credits Awarded: 10
Categories: Oil Industry, Online Training, Petrochemicals

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£ (GBP)+20%VAT


 New York City Timing  London Timing
Session 1: 
 9:00AM - 11:30PM  EST
 14:00 - 16:30 BST
Session 2: 
 9:00AM - 11:30PM  EST  14:00 - 16:30 BST
Session 3: 
 9:00AM - 11:30PM  EST  14:00 - 16:30 BST
Session 4:   9:00AM - 11:30PM  EST  14:00 - 16:30 BST


The International Petrochemicals Business – Technology, Markets and Economics is a VIRTUAL classroom course presented by the petrochemical training expert at Mennta Energy Solutions.

The petrochemical industry centres on the relationships between raw materials, intermediates, end products and applications. Basic to these relationships are chemical reactions, and fundamental to the total business is economics. To be able to work successfully within this complex industry requires a combination of practical experience with an understanding of chemistry, markets and economics. The course offers an organised overview of the industry that is essential for the successful operations within it.


  • Insight into the "broad picture"
  • Understanding of the concepts the industry has evolved
  • Understanding of the economics of the industry
  • The refining-petrochemical interface and the origin of the industry-s seven basic raw materials
  • Understanding of the value chains that flow from the seven basic raw materials
  • Who the major players are and their role in the massive restructuring the industry is undergoing


Class delegates include chemists, engineers commercial, sales and purchasing staff. Also, research and development, marketing and planning personnel, chemical industry administrators who wish to increase their knowledge and experience of the chemical reactions, feedstock, markets, key players, and basic economics of the industry. Additionally, associated services including finance and banking staff, legal, government agencies, on-line services will benefit.


  • Chemical Industry Overview
    • What the industry makes
    • Restructuring
    • Profitability
    • The major players
  • The Petroleum Refinery
    • Steam cracking
    • Catalytic cracking and reforming
    • Catalytic reforming
    • The refinery/petrochemical interface
  • Natural and Associated Gas
  • The Petrochemical Industry Basic Raw Materials Seven Major Groups
    • Chemistry, production economics, feedstock sources and changes, applications and supply/demand balance
  • Ethylene - Sources and Reactions
    • Polymerisation, oligomerisation, a-olefins, detergent alcohols
    • Ethylene oxide/ethylene glycol/polyesters
    • Vinyl chloride/poly (vinyl chloride)
    • Styrene/polystyrene
  • Propylene - Sources and Reactions
    • Polymerisation, oligomerisation, oxidation reactions
    • Shell Higher Olefins Process
  • C4 Unsaturates - Sources and reactions
    • Butadiene - polymerisation, elastomers, butenes -1 and -2, isobutylenes and MTBE
  • Benzene - Sources and Reactions
    • Styrene, phenol, cyclohexane, adipic acid, caprolactam, nylons, MDI/PMDI
  • Toluene - Sources and Reactions
  • Xylenes -Sources and Reactions
    • oxidation; p-xylene, terephthalic acid, PET; fibres and bottles o-xylene, phthalic anhydride polyesters, plasticizers, m-xylene
  • Methane
    • Synthesis gas
    • Ammonia
    • Methanol; formaldehyde,
  • A look at the major types of Polymers


Rob Parry was with with BASF Catalysts (formerly Engelhard) with experience in technical and commercial catalyst applications and supply to the Petrochemical and Refining Industries for over 20 years. Rob has a BSc joint Hons. in Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry from UCW Aberystwyth and is a Chartered Chemist with the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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