Refinery Laboratory Operations and Testing

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Online - Virtual , 20240813 13 - Aug - 2024 2 Hrs X 8 Sessions $2,100 Register
Istanbul - Turkey , 20240916 16 - Sep - 2024 5 - Day $5,950 Register
Dubai - UAE , 20241202 02 - Dec - 2024 5 - Day $4,950 Register


Refinery laboratory operations are indispensable for ensuring product quality, process optimization, environmental compliance, safety, and innovation in the petroleum refining industry. Their role extends beyond quality control to encompass broader aspects of refinery operations, sustainability, and competitiveness in the global market.

This Refinery Laboratory Operations and Testing course provides refinery laboratory analysis testing methods of crude oil and petroleum products and troubleshooting techniques of the most used instruments. It is designed to provide theoretical and practical applications of quality management in the laboratory. You will understand the basics of lab analysis & how to apply quality standards. The course covers health and safety risk assessment methods and helps you develop the lab techniques and methods and how to evaluate the lab results.


Upon the successful completion of this Refinery Laboratory Operations and Testing course, the participants will have an understanding of:

  • Technical requirements of quality laboratory and procedure methods.
  • Roles of quality and technical performance in the laboratory.
  • Principles and practices of the modern lab instruments
  • Health and safety risk assessment methods in a lab
  • Petroleum Products specification, sampling process, and analysis
  • Instrumental Analysis in the Refinery Laboratory
  • Methods of lab results evaluation
  • Analytical instrument calibration, standardization, and blank correction
  • Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) and ISO Standards


This Refinery Laboratory Operations and Testing training course is suitable for a wide range of professionals employed in Chemical Laboratories, but it will be particularly beneficial to:

  • Laboratory Managers
  • Scientific Personnel of Laboratories, like Chemists, Chemical Engineers, Environmental Engineers, Process / Shift Engineers
  • Laboratory Technicians and newly recruited staff of chemical laboratories
  • Instrument Operators in chemical laboratories


This training seminar will utilize various proven adult learning techniques to ensure maximum understanding, comprehension and retention of the information presented. The seminar is designed as a blended environment of presentation; workshops; group work; practical exercises; field application/ analysis; and general discussions.

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


Module 1 - Chemical Laboratory

  • KeyTopics:

    • Chemical Laboratory Historical and review
    • Laboratory construction
    • Laboratory and personnel responsibility
    • Prepare to work on laboratory
      • Equipment
      • Chemicals
      • Instruments
    • Analytical Chemistry and Chemical Analysis
    • Type of Chemical Analysis Methods
      • Classical Methods
      • Instrumental Methods
    • Safety responsibilities & requirements in the laboratory
    • Laboratory Safety Orientation rules
    • PPE and safety equipment in laboratory
    • Handling samples in the laboratory
    • Handling and management of Chemicals in the Laboratory

Module 2 - Crude Oil & Petroleum Products

  • KeyTopics:

    • Refining Processes, Operation, and Economics
    • Crude oil composition, classification, and its properties
    • Crude oil quality, chemistry & contaminants
    • Crude oil treatments for refinery
    • Specification and marketing of crude oil & Petroleum Products
      • Significance of Crude Oil Distillation to Refining Processes
      • Refinery Product Compositions, Specification, and their significance
      • Significance of Contaminants of Crude Oil on Refining Processes
      • By-product Compositions, Specification,s and their significance
    • In-Process Sampling
      • Sampling of crude oil
      • Sampling of Petroleum Products

Module 3 - Crude Oil & Petroleum Products Specification & Analysis

  • KeyTopics:

    • Crude oil & Petroleum Products testing & analysis
      • ASTM & Simulated Distillation of Crude Oil (TBP)
      • Carbon Residue, Asphaltene Content
      • Density (Specific Gravity)
      • Distillation
      • Light Hydrocarbons
      • Metallic Constituents
      • Salt Content
      • Sulfur Content
      • Viscosity and Pour Point
      • Water and Sediment
      • Wax Content
      • Other Tests
    • Petroleum Products Specification and Analysis
      • Gases, Naphtha, Gasoline, Aviation Fuel, Kerosene, Diesel Fuel, Fuel Oil, Lub Oil, Asphalt
    • Oilfield Chemicals analysis
      • Emulsion breakers
      • Corrosion & Scale Inhibitors
      • Oxygen Scavengers
      • Biocide
      • Catalysts

Module 4 - Instrumental Analysis in the Refinery Laboratory

  • KeyTopics:

    • Spectrometric Instruments
      • Molecular Spectrometry
        • UV-Vis Spectroscopy
        • FTIR analyzer
        • Elementals Analysis (N, S, C, Cl,…)
      • Atomic Spectrometry
        • Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy AAS
        • Inductively Coupled Plasma ICP
        • X-ray (XRF-XRD)
    • Separation Instruments
      • Gas Chromatography
      • High-Performance Liquid Chromatography
      • Ion Chromatography
    • Electrochemical Instruments
      • pH, Conductivity, DO meters
      • Potentiometric titration (TAN, H2S, RSH, Cl, ….)
      • KF water contains an analysis
    • Portable Instruments in Various Applications
    • The problem troubleshot, and Routine Maintenance
    • Comparing Instrumental Techniques
    • Choosing the Right Instrument
    • Instrumentals Calibration, and Standardization

Module 5 - Correlation Between Laboratory Results and Refinery Operation

  • KeyTopics:

    • Refinery laboratory measurement evolution
    • The Evaluation of Results and Methods
    • Validation of analysis methods and procedures
    • Laboratory Data Analysis
    • Measurement Uncertainty in laboratory measurements
    • SPC & Control Chart for laboratory results
    • Significant Figure Rules
    • Reporting results and certificate
    • Quality control and Quality Assurance
    • Laboratory audit and accreditation
    • Inter-laboratory & Proficiency Testing (F-test, T-test, Q-test, Z-score, ….)
    • Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS)
    • ISO/IEC 17025:2017 Requirements

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