Course Description


This course will cover:

  • Refinery processes (description and discussion of the role of the different units)
  • Refinery operations planning.
  • Heat integration in refineries.
  • Refinery Operations planning and Management and risk analysis.

The course includes hands on exercises using Pro II, a simulation software from Simulation Science (Simsci), USA. The license of this software is available for academic purposes at affordable prices. An academic version of GAMS/CPLEX (an optimization tool) will also be used. This is also available at affordable prices. One computer for every 2 (3 at the most) students will be needed day 3, 4 and 5.

Course Duration: Five days

Day 1: Petroleum Chemistry. Crude characterization and property prediction. Units: Crude fractionation, Coking and Thermal Processes, Catalytic reforming and Isomerization, Catalytic Cracking, Hydrotreating and Hydrocracking, Alkylation, Blending and Procuring.

Day 2: Supporting processes (Hydrogen, Acid Gas removal, sulfur recovery, water management). The refinery of the future.

Day 3: Energy Integration. Pinch design and other heat exchanger network methods. Heat integration across plants in a site.

Day 4: Crude fractionation. Basic schemes and role of Pump around circuits. Simulation of crude units. Energy retrofit of existing units.

Day 5: Refinery operations planning. Linear programming and beyond. Planning under uncertainty. Management of financial risk. Final Exam.

A training manual as well as simulation and optimization files will be provided.

The course will use the following references (some of which will be provided):

Gary and Handwerk, Petroleum Refining.
Favennec J.P. Petroleum Refining, Vol. 5
R. Smith, Process Design.
Journal articles
A training manual as well as simulation and optimization files will be provided.


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