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Petroleum Refinery Operations

Understand the Processes, Equipment, Instrumentation and Piping

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Houston - USA , 20240923 23 - Sep - 2024 5 - Day $6,950 Register
Online - Virtual , 20241104 04 - Nov - 2024 2 Hrs X 8 Sessions $2,100 Register
Dubai - UAE , 20241216 16 - Dec - 2024 5 - Day $4,950 Register


Petroleum Refinery serves a vital role in producing and transporting fuels and other byproducts. Petroleum refining processes transform crude oil into valuable products such as liquefied petroleum gas, gasoline or petrol, kerosene, jet fuel, diesel oil, and fuel oils. Once separated, the components of crude oil can be sold to various industries for various uses. Refineries are enormous industrial complexes that include a variety of processing equipment as well as supporting buildings like utility units and storage tanks. The key Petroleum Refinery Operations include crude oil loading and unloading, mixing of crude oil, production unit operations of conversion and separation, operations of blending, and distribution of products.

This Petroleum Refinery Operations Training course is divided into various sections to make all participants aware of what is happening in a refinery complex. You will understand how associated processes carry out the pre-treatment of crude to produce intermediate refinery products and then further convert them into more valuable middle distillate products. It will cover different types of instruments, their operating principles & functional requirements. The course will also give information on different types of pipes used in refineries.


Upon the successful completion of the Petroleum Refinery Operations course, participants will have a good knowledge of the following:

  • Refinery Operations and Processes basics covering overall refinery configuration.
  • A detailed review of various processes, flow diagrams, and major equipment involved in each
  • Various equipment in each process, functional requirements, and specifications of key process equipment
  • Instruments used in refinery, their sketches, functional specifications, operating principles, and guidelines for selection of various instruments
  • Types of valves used in the refinery, along with their functional specifications
  • Types of piping used in refinery, functional advantages of different types of pipes, and their applications


The course is specifically designed to be of substantial benefit to personnel within the petroleum refinery complexes such as:

  • All design engineers who carry out basic and detailed engineering
  • Piping & Mechanical engineers
  • Instrument and controls engineers
  • Maintenance or project engineers.
  • Operations, Production, and processing personnel
  • Facilities and process engineers
  • Technical Services engineers
  • Line managers, and sales or business development staff


This Petroleum Refinery Operations course utilizes various proven adult learning techniques to ensure maximum understanding, comprehension, and retention of the information presented. The programme will be interactive and practical. There will be work in groups and pairs as well as individual exercises, and everyone will get an opportunity to discuss his issues.

Pre & Post course assessments will be used to measure the effectiveness of this training.


Module 1 - Refinery Operations and Processes (Basics)

  • KeyTopics:

    • Introduction
    • Physical Processes
    • Thermal Processes
    • Catalytic Processes
    • Conversion of Heavy Residues
    • Treatment of Refinery Streams
    • Lube Base Stock Preparation
    • Other Common Processes Units

Module 2 - Refinery Operations and Processes (Advance)

  • KeyTopics:

    • Crude Distillation Unit
    • Vacuum Distillation Unit
    • Thermal Cracker
    • Naphtha Hydrodesulphurization
    • LGO Hydrotreater
    • HGO Hydrotreater
    • Diesel Hydrotreating
    • C4 Separator
    • Kerosene Splitter
    • FCC Unit
    • C3 Separator
    • C2 Separator
    • Gas Treating unit
    • Naphtha Splitter
    • Catalytic Reformer
    • N-butane Splitter

Module 3 - Refinery Operations and Processes (Advanced Contd.)

  • KeyTopics:

    • Isomerization Unit
    • Alkylation Unit
    • LVGO Splitter
    • LPG Pool Unit
    • Gasoline Pool
    • Gasoil Pool
    • Fuel Oil Pool
    • Delayed Coker Unit
    • Hydrocracker
    • Hydrogen Unit
    • Sulfur Recovery Unit

Module 4 - Refinery Equipment Functional Specifications

  • KeyTopics:

    • Crude Desalter
    • Crude Preheat Train
    • Pre Flash Drum
    • Overhead Condenser
    • Accumulator
    • Stripper
    • Vacuum Pump
    • Gas Furnace
    • Gas Compressor
    • Sour Water Flash Drum
    • Fractionators
    • Steam Generator
    • Splitter
    • Stabilizer
    • Depropanizer
    • KOH Treater
    • Coke Drums
    • Blow down Scrubber

Module 5 - Refinery Instrumentation and Piping

  • KeyTopics:

    • Process Control Terms
      • Pressure, Flow, Level & Temprature
      • Density &  Ph (acidity or alkalinity)
      • Liquid interface (the relative amounts of different liquids that are combined in  a vessel)
      • Mass &  Conductivity
    • Different Types Valves Used in Refineries
      • Gate Valves
      • Needle Valve
      • Globe Valve
      • Diaphragm Actuated Control Valve
      • Piston Actuated Control Valve
      • Butterfly Valve
      • Angle Valve
      • Electro-Pneumatic Actuator
    • Refinery Piping and Components
      • Different Types of Pipes Used in Refinery (Metallic, Ordinary steel, Seamless, Corrugated, etc.) pipe
      • Some Metal Pipes and Applications
      • Connections (Joints)
      • Types of Connections (Pipe Fitting & Material Selection)
      • Fitting and Valve Friction Losses
      • Materials for Gaskets
      • Flange Face-to-Face Dimension
      • Damage Assessment
      • Leak Testing Methods and Safety Procedure

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