705-01 Refinery Overview and Configuration

Learning objectives

  • Explain the role of a refinery
  • Describe the purpose of each of the following basic refining processes:
    • Distillation
    • Cracking
    • Reforming
    • Treating
    • Blending
  • Discuss the various configurations used in refining:
    • Topping
    • Hydroskimming
    • Medium conversion
    • High conversion

Course overview

A refinery is an industrial processing plant used for converting crude oil into useful petroleum products. Refinery configurations depend on many factors, including operating costs, location, demand volatility, and construction capital. Some refineries operate on a small scale to produce fractions of crude oil to be further processed in other facilities. Others are large-scale industrial operations using different highly technical processes to maximize product versatility and profitability.

The Refinery Overview and Configuration training course identifies and discusses basic refinery purposes and operations. It describes the different configurations in modern refining. This online training course provides a comprehensive refining overview. Refinery Overview and Configuration is part of the Refinery Operations training series.

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