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Refining Process Services, Inc. provides technical training seminars in the field of petroleum refining, also called oil refining. The modern petroleum refinery has a series of core process units that create clean gasoline and low sulfur diesel fuel. The first oil refinery unit is crude oil desalting. The desalter removes salt, water and other contaminants from crude oil prior to distillation in an atmospheric tower. The fractions recovered from the atmospheric distillation tower include naphtha, kerosene, diesel and bottoms liquid called atmospheric resid. This material is fractionated via vacuum distillation into gas oil and vacuum resid.


Raw gasoline recovered from petroleum consists of light naphtha and heavy naphtha. Light naphtha is processed through an isomerization unit and heavy naphtha is processed in a catalytic reforming unit or reformer so that gasoline octane is improved. Kerosene is blended into jet fuel. Diesel fuel is treated in a hydrotreating unit or hydrotreater with catalyst and hydrogen to reduce sulfur level and improve quality. Gas oil is converted in fluid catalytic cracking and hydrocracking units or hydrocracker into gasoline and diesel. Light olefins from the fluid catalytic cracker are processed in either HF acid (hydrofluoric acid) or sulfuric acid alkylation units. Vacuum resid is processed in delayed coking units which convert heavy oil from crude into lighter products.


To learn more about this vital industry, Refining Process Services offers a series of technical training seminars. All programs are offered in the form of public seminars.   Most programs are also offered for in-house presentation at a client location.  Select theOn-Site Training tab for  more information.  A listing of core seminars is provided below. For further information click on the seminar title below:


This program content focuses on the basic definitions of petroleum refining with a brief explanation of crude oil chemistry and the impact on the refinery, and a fundamental discussion of the nature and purpose of the major refining processes. In addition, the characteristics of refinery products will be explored. Finally, the basic economics associated with refining and the effects of recent environmental regulations on product processing will be examined.  The sessions will be presented by a knowledgeable, experienced industry professional who is well-versed in all of the major processing areas of petroleum refining.

This program has been designed for non-technical personnel assigned to positions in petroleum refineries, corporate offices, and supplier companies.  The content of the program is based upon the assumption that those in attendance do not have a formal education in engineering and chemistry and do not work in highly technical environments.  Attendance at this course will be beneficial to support personnel such as environmental professionals, accountants, business managers, administrative and legal staff, sales and marketing personnel, insurance representatives, personnel managers, financial professionals, and government officials.  The program should also be useful for newly-hired refinery plant operators.  Finally, the course may serve as preparation for those who do not have a technical background but who want to attend the more detailed “Introduction to Petroleum Refining Processing” program offered by Refining Process Services.



1. Characteristics of Crude Oil

• Composition

• Description of Crude Oil Fractions

• Definition of Physical and Chemical Processes

2. Fundamentals of Petroleum Chemistry

• Description of a Hydrocarbon Molecule

• Types of Hydrocarbon Molecules

• Definition/Function of a Catalyst

3. Fundamentals of Crude Oil Distillation

• Description of the Distillation Process

• Cut Points of the Various Fractions

4. Basic Refinery Flow Configuration and Auxiliary Processes

• Refinery Flow Scheme

• Gasoline Processing Options

• Heavy Oil Processing Options

• Auxiliary Refinery Processes: Gas Plant, Sulfur Recovery, etc.

5. Product Blending and Usage

• Gasoline Properties and Blending

• Distillate Fuels: Heating Oil, Diesel, Jet Fuel

• Residual Materials: Bunker Fuel, etc.

• Lube and Specialty Products

6. Descriptions of the Gasoline Production Processes

• Catalytic Reforming

• Isomerization

• Fluid Catalytic Cracking

• Alkylation

7. Fundamentals of Hydroprocessing

• Hydrotreating

• Hydrocracking

8. Options for Heavy Oil Processing

• Delayed Coking

• Solvent Deasphalting

• Visbreaking

• Residual Oil Hydroprocessing

• Lube Oil Processing

9. Structure of the Petroleum Refining Industry

• Basic Petroleum Refining Economics

• Impact of Gasoline Reformulation on Refinery Operations

• Use of Ethanol vs. MTBE

• Overview of the U.S. Refining Industry

10. Review of Key Refining Definitions

***Open Forum Discussion***



Robert J. Campagna is the Director of Technical Services and one of the principals of Refining Process Services. He is currently involved in catalyst evaluation studies, refining industry technical service, and training program presentations for the company. Bob was previously employed by Filtrol Corporation where he provided technical and marketing support for Filtrol's fluid catalytic cracking catalysts. He also spent 10 years with the Gulf Oil Corporation where he made significant contributions in the areas of hydrotreating, catalytic reforming, and fluid catalytic cracking technical service. Bob is a leading independent consultant in the field of fluid catalytic cracking and has presented numerous technical seminars throughout the world. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.


Warren S. Letzsch is an independent consultant with an extensive FCC background. His prior employment was with Stone & Webster, Inc., a Shaw Group Company, where he was responsible for FCC/DCC technology and business development and with Refining Process Services where he was involved in licensing of the MagnaCat® Process. He was also Director of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for UOP/Katalistiks. He has had experience with Total Petroleum as Manager of Refining Technology and with Davison Chemical and Shell Chemical in research, marketing, and technical support of petroleum catalysts. Warren has authored numerous articles on refining technology and holds seven patents in the FCC area. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.


Calendar of Seminars

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11/09/2021 - 11/12/2021
Crude Oil Distillation
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