Refining Process Fundamentals

Course Details
UOP – Refining Process Fundamentals Training Course

This course provides a broad overview of the fundamentals of refinery operation and production. Using the refinery schematic, key processes are examined both as individual units and in the context of the refinery as a whole. The course material illustrates how each process works to turn crude into commercially viable products.

Course participants will be able to:
  • Illustrate how key-units function
  • Explain the relationship of units in the refinery
  • Discuss on-stream reliability concerns for key-units, especially as they relate to the processes
  • Explain temperature and pressure parameters and interpret their effect on unit performance
  • Create a flow diagram of each key unit
  • Describe the impact of each unit on the refinery’s bottom line

  • Brief History of Refining
  • Properties of Crude and Products
Process units covered:
  • Crude/Vacuum Distillation
  • Hydrotreating
  • Reforming
  • Isomerization (C4 and C5/C6)
  • Alkylation
  • Polymerization
  • Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC)
  • Hydrocracking
  • Heavy Oil Processing
  • Sulfur Recovery and Treating

Date: 16th – 18th September 2019 (3 Days)
Time: 08:00-16:00 Hrs.
Venue: Wyndham Grand Manama Hotel, Kingdom of Bahrain
Fee: USD 3,750 per participant (Special for GDA Members only)
*Kindly note that GDA may apply a Value Added Tax (VAT) at a standard rate of five per cent, starting from July 2019.
Note: A calculator is required or Mobile Phone Calculator App

Crude Oil History
  • Introduction and Pre-Test
  • Brief History of Refining,
  • Crude Oil Evaluation
  • Refinery Configuration (Types of Refineries)
Process Units:
  • Crude Distillation Unit
  • Vacuum Distillation Unit
Process Units (Cont.,)
  • Hydrotreating
  • Reforming
  • Isomerization (C4 and C5/C6)
  • Alkylation
  • Polymerization
Process Units (Cont.,)
  • Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC)
  • Hydrocracking
  • Heavy Oil Processing
  • Sulfur Recovery and Treating
  • Post-Test
  • Certificate Distribution


This course is designed for entry-level chemical engineers, engineers from other disciplines moving into a refining environment, and non-technical personnel seeking a review of the fundamentals of refinery operations.


Satish Vempati is the Sr. Manager – Training Services, Technical Services working at UOP Management Services (Saudi Arabia) since 1st October 2010.

Satish primary job function is to arrange, coordinate and analyze UOP training programs to customers in EMEA region. Providing technical training and mentoring to CDP Engineers in UOP ME Offices. Providing Field Safety Training to UOP staff, and teaching UOP Technology training to customers on Hydroprocessing Technologies and Refinery Business Economics course.

Technical Services area: Satish has hands-on experience in UOP Hydroprocessing Technologies, has commissioned several UOP units (Hydrotreaters, Hydrocracker units, Penex and CCR Platforming units).

Experience: Satish started working in the Refining and Petrochemicals Industry in India in 1992. He has since held several positions around the world in Plant Operations, Technical Services, and Training Services. Satish has worked in the commissioning of a number of major projects with UOP & Dow Chemicals in India and Overseas. As a Training Specialist, Satish has trained both fresh and experienced Operators and Engineers in various Refineries and Petrochemicals in India, Malaysia and in the Middle East. He has trained Operators and Engineers of different nationalities from Far-East, Middle East and European regions. Satish worked closely with operations department in various industries, identified training needs of those staff and developed training programs using animation in order to facilitate the transfer of information. Satish holds a Master of Science degree in Chemical and a Diploma in Computers, Primavera, MS Projects and 2D & 3D Animations.

As instructor: Instructed 100+ sessions of Refinery Process Fundamentals course, Refinery Business Economics course, Engineer Development courses and HSE courses.

Satish developed and animated Training Slides on Refinery Process Units and HC Chemistry.

Satish acting as mentor for Fresh engineers, and also providing Field Safety Training for UOP staff.

  • Refining Process Fundamentals
  • Duration: 16-18 SEP 2019
  • Category: Technologies

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