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HYDROTREATING & HYDROCRACKING PROCESS TECHNOLOGY

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This program has been developed by Refining Process Services to provide an in-depth, yet practical review of both hydrotreating and hydrocracking technologies for the refining of petroleum. The speaker will cover topics ranging from the chemistry of hydrotreating and hydrocracking to a discussion of the design of commercial processes and reactors. The program will also address FCC feed pretreatment, diesel and jet fuel production, naphtha hydrotreating, and hydrogen production and purification.

The program instructor will be Dr. Stephen McGovern of PetroTech Consultants. Steve has a wealth of knowledge and experience covering all areas of hydrotreating and hydrocracking. Seminar participants will have an opportunity to obtain a broad working knowledge of petroleum hydrotreating and hydrocracking from a distinguished industry expert. In addition, participants will be able to stay abreast of the developments in hydroprocessing technology, to interact with others working in this area of refining, and to have their questions answered in the open forum sessions.

This program is ideal for personnel involved in refinery process engineering, unit operations, catalyst research and development, catalyst sales, and refinery technical service. Process engineers from design and construction companies as well as those who provide products and services to the petroleum refining industry should also find the program very useful and informative.

 

PROGRAM OUTLINE

DAY 1

1. INTRODUCTION

  • Review of Refining Trends
  • Product Specifications and Environmental Concerns
  • Overview of Hydrotreating Processes, Yields and Configurations

2. CHEMISTRY AND PRINCIPLES OF HYDROPROCESSING

  • Hydrotreating Reactions and Process Principles
  • Chemistry and Kinetics of Sulfur Removal
  • Chemistry of Nitrogen and Oxygen Removal
  • Hydrotreating Catalysts
  • Olefin and Aromatics Saturation
  • Coke Formation and Catalyst Deactivation
  • Mild Hydrocracking
  • Resid Chemistry

3. NAPHTHA PRETREATING

  • Process Variables and Feedstock Effects
  • Commercial Flow Schemes
  • Effects on Reformer Operation

4. FEED AND OPERATING VARIABLE EFFECTS

  • Feed Properties
  • Operating Variable Effects
  • HDS as FCC Pretreatment
  • Hydrotreating Requirements and Process Economics

5. DIESEL AND JET FUEL PRODUCTION

  • Trends in Demand/Quality
  • Effect of Feed/Process on Yields/Quality
  • Cut Point Effects
  • Cetane Improvers, Cloud/Pour Point Improvers

DAY 2

6. COMMERCIAL CONSIDERATIONS IN HYDROPROCESSING

  • Catalyst Presulfiding
  • Catalyst Deactivation and Regeneration
  • Process Design/Mechanical Design Features

7. COMMERCIAL HYDROCRACKING

  • Hydrocracking Feedstocks
  • Pretreatment Considerations
  • Review of Hydrocracking Reactions/Heats of Reaction
  • Hydrocracking Process Configurations
  • Reactor Design
  • Process Variables and Catalysts
  • Catalyst Deactivation and Regeneration
  • Hydrocracking Yields and Product Properties

- - - OPEN FORUM SESSION - - -

DAY 3

8. HYDROPROCESSING MECHANICAL CONSIDERATIONS AND TROUBLESHOOTING

  • Design Principles
  • Common Problem Areas
  • Safety Issues

9. HYDROGEN PRODUCTION

  • Steam Reforming for Hydrogen Production
  • Hydrogen Purification Options

- - - OPEN FORUM SESSION - - -

 

PROGRAM SPEAKER

Stephen J. McGovern has over 35 years of experience in the refining and petrochemical industries. Dr. McGovern has been a principal of PetroTech Consultants for the last nine years, providing consulting services on various refining technologies, including hydroprocessing, catalytic cracking, clean fuels and refining economics. He has assisted numerous refiners in the evaluation of gasoline and diesel desulfurization technologies. Previously, he was with Mobil Technology Company where he was involved in process development and refinery technical support. Steve has over 30 patents and publications, many in the areas of gasoline and distillate desulfurization and catalytic cracking. He has lectured, published and consulted on refining strategies for the production of clean fuels. He earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Princeton.

 

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