Oil Refining: From Crude Oil To Petroleum Products


This course is designed as a comprehensive and practical refining overview covering a range of complexities from simple topping units to extremely complex high-conversion refineries with aromatics production and recovery technologies


To enhance the participants, knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to improve understanding and awareness of Crude Oil fractionation, catalytic and hydorefining processes.


By the end of this course, participant will be able to:

  • Differentiate between energy and non-energy products and their main uses.

  • Know principal components of petroleum products; general hydrocarbon classification and main impurities.

  • Determine quality requirements imposed on petroleum products.

  • Be familiar with new trends in market structure and product characteristics.

  • Understand refining processes.

  • Be familiar with basics of processes, types of catalysts, product yields.

  • Understand hydrorefining processes.

  • Be familiar with conversion


  • Petroleum Products.
  • Energy and Non-Energy Products and their Main Uses.
  • Principal Components of Petroleum Products; General Hydrocarbon Classification and Main Impurities.
  • Quality Requirements Imposed on Petroleum Products.
  • New Trends in Market Structure and Product Characteristics.
  • Refining Processes.
  • Crude Oil fractionation.
  • Origin, Overall Characteristics and Classification of Crude Oils.
  • Yields and Properties of Straight-run Cuts Obtained by Distillation.
  • Industrial Units: Topping, Vacuum Distillation, Light-Ends Fractionation; Various Process Schemes, Operating Conditions, Energy Consumption.
  • Catalytic Reforming and Summarization.
  • Basics of Processes, Types of Catalysts, Product Yields.
  • Industrial Units : Process Schemes, Operating Conditions, Equipment Involved, Energy Consumption.
  • Hydrorefining Processes.
  • Main Features of Impurities Removal by Catalytic Hydrogen Treatment.
  • Main Refining Applications.
  • Conversion Units.
  • Characteristics and Origin of Feeds to be Cracked.
  • Conversion by Means of Thermal Cracking: Visbreaker, Various Cokers.
  • Conversion by Means of Catalytic Cracking.
  • Recent Developments in Catalytic Cracking of Heavy Residues.
  • Base Lube Oil Manufacturing.

Who Can Benefit?

All refining personnel