Fundamentals of Petroleum Refining - A Non-Technical Introduction - FPR 

CPE Credits Awarded: 16
Categories: Oil Industry, Refining

Course Date Duration Venue Price Registration Deadline Register
05 Oct 2022 2 Days London, UK Country: gb
£ (GBP)1,215.00+20%VAT
26 Aug 2022
16 Nov 2022 2 Days Houston, TX Country: us
$ (USD) 2,010.00
7 Oct 2022


Fundamentals of Petroleum Refining - A Non-Technical Introduction is a two-day 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 programme 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.

Includes Online Pre-study Module
This course is accompanied by a preparatory course available online. Delegates will receive a web voucher as part of their joining instructions upon confirmation of registration. By taking advantage of this "blended" learning approach, in-class time and learning are optimized.


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.


  • Fundamentals of crude oil
    • Crude oil qualities, characteristics, quality assessments and assays
  • Petroleum chemistry fundamentals
    • Types of hydrocarbons
      • Parafins
      • Olefins
      • Naphthenes
      • Aromatics
    • Catalysts
      • Types
      • Benefits
      • Functions                                
  • The major stages of refining
    • Separation
    • Conversion
    • Treatment/Blending
  • Atmospheric and vacuum distillation
  • Cracking processes   
    • Catalytic cracking
    • Thermal cracking
    • Coking
    • Hydrocracking
  • 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
  • Blending for finished products
    • Gasolines
    • Distillates
    • Residuals
  • Refinery economics terms
    • Key aspects of refineries
      • Capacity
      • Complexity
      • Flexibility


“Excellent course. The instructor presented information in a fun and exciting way.  I would strongly recommend this course to those in the energy industry who wish to have a better understanding of the refining process.” P.H. Oil Management

“The course was very well put together and made a complex topic very logical and understandable for a non-engineer.” T.P. Gibson Energy

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