Petroleum Refining – Complete Guide to Products & Processes

Learn the most relevant Petroleum Refining Operations such as Crackers, Reformers, Alkylation , Coking, etc… – Free Course

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What you’ll learn

  • Strong Foundations in the Petroleum Refining Industry, products and its processes
  • Oil& Gas Industry

  • Market insight (supply/demand) as well as (production/consumption)

  • Processes such as: Refining, Fractionation, Atmospheric Distillation, Vacuum Distillation
  • Further Processes such as: Hydrotreating (Hydrogenation), Blending, Reforming, Isomerization, Alkylation, etc…
  • Several Cracking ProcesseS: Steam Cracking, Fluid Catalytic Cracking
  • Treatment of other materials such as Sour Gases via Gas Sweetening and Coking


  • Basic Chemistry Knowledge
  • Unit Operation Knowledge is a Plus


The main scope of the course is to create strong basis and fundamentals regarding the processes in the Petroleum Refining. We take a look to the Oil&Gas Industry briefly and continue directly with the Refining Process. We then make a focus in each individual unit operation in the refinery.

Learn about:

  • Oil& Gas Industry

  • Difference between Petroleum Refining vs. Petrochemical Industry

  • Overview of the most important operations and products

  • Market insight (supply/demand) as well as (production/consumption)

  • Several Petroleum Refineries around the World

Unit Operations & Processes

  • Refining and Fractionation

  • Atmospheric Distillation Column

  • Vacuum Distillation

  • Hydrotreating (Hydrogenation)

  • Blending

  • Reforming

  • Isomerization

  • Alkylation

  • Steam Cracking

  • Fluid Catalytic Cracking

  • Gas Sweetening (Hydrodesulfurization)

  • Coking


  • Fuel Gas / Natural Gas

  • Liquified Petroleum Gases (LPG)

  • Propane, Butane

  • Sulfur / Hydrogen Sulfide

  • Gasoline / Automotive Gas Oil

  • Naphtha Cuts (Light/Heavy)

  • Kerosene

  • Diesel

  • Gasoil

  • Lubricants

  • Vacuum Residues

  • Asphalt

  • Coke

NOTE: This course is focused for Process Simulation

At the end of the course you will feel confident in the Petroleum Refining Industry. You will know the most common Process & Unit Operations as well as their distribution, production and importance in daily life.

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