Upcoming Courses

ERS Distillation Debottlenecking & Optimisation

TBA, London, UK

Refining of crude oil and the recovery of saleable products from the many processes in oil and chemical sites rely heavily on distillation units. Such is the scale of the refining and chemical distillation processes, even relatively small incremental improvements in efficiency and reliability, for a single unit, can generate benefits of many millions $/yr. This course will provide participants with a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of distillation.  Practical methodologies for unit optimisation and design will be discussed and illustrated via case studies.  These optimisation principles and practices will be transferable to the participants sites and locations, and indirectly should be highly beneficial to the bottom line of their operations.

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ERS Refining Economics

TBA, London, UK

This course includes lectures, worked examples, and working in groups to provide answers to some complex investment problems. Upon completion of this course, participants will have gained a broad understanding of the many economic aspects of oil refining. There will be ample opportunities for attendees to interact with the speakers and other participants to exchange knowledge and ideas relating to refinery optimisation and profit improvement. This course differs from economics courses offered by others in focussing on the economic drivers on which day-to-day and longer term operational decisions are based.

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ERS Fluid Catalytic Cracking

TBA, London, UK

This course covers the core elements of FCC technology. A solid foundation is laid by covering the detail of Heat and Carbon Balance. Key variables that affect product yields and selectivity are described and their impact on the optimisation of the unit operation is discussed. Techniques used for control of the FCC fluid solids unit are also presented. Finally, a framework is presented for troubleshooting operating problems and, throughout this discussion; participants are encouraged to describe their specific challenges.

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ERS Hydrotreating

tba, London, UK

This course covers the core elements of Hydrotreating technology. Key variables that affect product yields and properties are described and their impact on the optimisation of the unit operation discussed. A framework is presented for troubleshooting operating problems and, throughout this discussion; participants are encouraged to describe their specific challenges. The scope of the course includes the core of most Hydrotreating problems and attempts to cover solutions useful to design and operating engineers. Concerns associated with processing for clean fuels are covered.

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ERS Reforming

TBA, London, UK

To be held at the CCT Venues, 135-137 Aldersgate House, London EC1A4JA, UK. This course covers the core elements of Reforming technology. The scope of the course includes the core of most Reforming problems and attempts to cover solutions useful to design and operating engineers. Recent concerns associated with processing for clean fuels are covered. This course will provide an overview of the diverse nature of the Reforming processes, depending on the feedstocks used, products made and the environmental issues. It will address process integration issues, which are vital for economic viability. Key variables that affect product yields and properties are described and their impact on the optimisation of the unit operation discussed. A framework is presented for troubleshooting operating problems and, throughout this discussion, participants are encouraged to describe their specific challenges.

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ERS Hydrocracking

TBA, London, UK

This course is aimed at giving a practical overview of VGO & Resid hydrocracking. Today, refiners are faced with the challenge to maximise the yield of clean transportation fuels from crude oil. Hydrocracking provides the means to produce maximum low sulphur distillates, particularly kerosene, jet and diesel. This course provides a detailed overview of hydrocracking technology and covers the general theory and principles of hydrocracking chemistry and reactor kinetics. The course also covers the practicalities and impacts of hydrocracker design, feed effects and process variables. The third section covers plant monitoring, troubleshooting, product recovery and emergency procedures. A special section has been added that focuses exclusively on residuum processing. This course will address both vacuum gas oil and residuum Hydrocracking, it will explain the differences and advantages of the different processes and configurations as well as giving a detailed review of the fundamentals behind hydrocracking technology.

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ERS Introduction to Refining Processes

TBA, London, UK

To be held at the CCT Venues, 135-137 Aldersgate House, London EC1A4JA, UK. This course will present an overview of a modern, integrated petroleum refinery, including the feedstock properties, product slate and the processes used to convert crude oil and intermediate streams into desirable products. Basic hydrocarbon chemistry, crude oil properties and fuel product quality will be discussed, including changes to products resulting from worldwide environmental legislation. Material and energy balances of the various processes will be discussed along with their impact on the overall operability and economic performance of the refinery. Each refining process will be presented covering equipment, operating conditions, feedstock, catalyst, yields, and the relationship between process parameters, unit performance and product output and properties. Additionally, future operations, including anticipated changes in crude oil and product slates will be discussed. The course is designed to complement and supplement material presented in other ERS training courses

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ERS Energy

TBA, London, UK

To be held at the CCT Venues, 135-137 Aldersgate House, London EC1A4JA, UK. This course presents the up-to-date methodologies and techniques that are used to assess the energy efficiency of an oil refinery, and introduces systematic procedures for reducing the consumption and the energy bill. The course can be considered as a tool box for refinery energy co-ordinators and process engineers and managers who want to become conversant with all aspects of refinery energy efficiency. Much of the course time is dedicated to (1) developing thorough understanding of refinery energy topics, particularly how much, where, why and with what efficiency the energy is consumed, and (2) introducing the practical application of energy saving techniques. The format of the course is a combination of presentations and open discussions, during which particular refinery cases or problems can be brought forward and discussed. Simulation examples are used throughout the course to enhance the understanding, and participants will receive several basic energy software tools that they may find useful in their daily work.

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ERS Nalco Champion Desalting

TBA, London,UK

To be held at the CCT Venues, 135-137 Aldergate House, London EC1A4JA, UK. Desalters provide more protection to costly refinery equipment than any other single piece of process hardware.  ERS and Nalco Champion have developed this program to provide an in-depth, yet practical review of both the art and science of crude oil desalting.  Sessions begin with a discussion of the fundamentals of the desalting process including crude oil quality  impact the operating variables, key equipment, various design options and major process variables. 

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ERS Process Safety

TBA, London, UK

This course provides an in-depth study of Process Safety Management. It details what can go wrong within the refinery processes and what hazards exist within the refinery environment. It details the safe limits of the individual refinery equipment in terms of pressure and temperature including the operational safety of piping systems. The key process safety design features of onsite process equipment, such as furnaces, pumps, compressors and heat exchangers, are covered, as well as offsite facilities including atmospheric tankage, pressure storage, flare and blowdown facilities

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ERS Sulphur Recovery Process

TBA, London, UK

The course covers the role of Claus plants in refineries, chemistry of the Claus process, Claus plant configurations, the various tailgas treatment processes, start-up, shut-down and troubleshooting, optimisation of Claus operation, simulation of Claus plants on the computer, burners for Claus furnaces, the influence of clean. Also the carbon footprints of various tailgas treatment options are discussed. The course covers the role of Claus plants in refineries, chemistry of the Claus process, Claus plant configurations, the various tailgas treatment processes start-up, shut-down and troubleshooting, optimisation of Claus operation, simulation of Claus plants on the computer, burners for Claus furnaces, the influence of clean fuels production on Claus plants, reaction of the various tailgas treatment processes to clean fuels production, oxygen enrichment and its consequences for the Claus process and the various tailgas treatment processes, trace behaviour in Claus as NH3 and NOx.

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ERS Blending

TBA, London, UK

This course gives an overview of the elements of the blending process and provides an insight into the calculation of the most economical blends. The future changes in product specifications will be discussed along with the implications for the refiner

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