About this Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT)

This Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) course is an extensive awareness programme for engineers and operational staff dealing with all aspects of hydrocracking units. In addition, planning, scheduling and procurement staff will find the course valuable as aspects and pitfalls of the catalyst testing and procurement best practices are discussed.

This VILT course covers the following:

  1. Optimal use of hydrocracking units
  2. Types of reactions and kinetics: HDN, HDS, hydrogenation
  3. Catalysts: compositions, hydrogenation function, acidity and properties
  4. Catalyst manufacture: Support, Zeolite, Extrusion, Calcination, Impregnation, Quality control & Analyses
  5. Commercially available hydrocracking catalysts: Topsoe, ART, Axens, Criterion
  6. Feedstocks: type and contaminants
  7. Catalyst handling: reactor loading, ensuring trickle flow, heat release etc., presulphiding procedures, unloading
  8. Catalyst testing: Best Practices pretest, during, and post testing, WABT, temperature profile, WHSV, recycle cutpoint, pressure, gas to oil ratio, Critical Measurements
  9. Calculations: conversion, Hydrogen consumption, Normalizations of WABT’s
  10. Corrosion: high-temperature, aqueous, wash-water injection to prevent corrosion
  11. Safety aspects: Catalysts, H2S, Polycyclic Aromatics, NH3, Sulphiding Compounds, Ni(CO)4
  12. Troubleshooting: Reasons for malperformance in hydrocrackers, how to identify malperformance and How to rectify malperformance
  13. Invitation to tender/technical offer preparation: What data we should have to prepare a good technical forecast and how to prepare a technical forecast based on pilot plant data

By the end of this VILT course, participants will be able to understand:

  • How to make optimal use of hydrocracking units
  • The types of reactions & kinetics, including reaction calculations
  • Catalyst explanations, manufacture & commercially available catalysts
  • Feedstocks
  • Catalysts handling & testing
  • Corrosion
  • Safety aspects
  • Troubleshooting
  • Tenders & technical offers
  • Technical forecasts based on pilot plant data

This VILT course is suitable for:

  • Oil refining personnel, those involved in hydrocracking
  • Researchers and professionals who work in hydro processing
  • Staff from Catalyst Manufacturing who are involved in the production and research of hydrocracking catalysts
  • Staff involved in refinery optimisation, and maximising synergies between refinery processes

The VILT course will be delivered online in 5 half-day sessions comprising 4 hours per day, with 2 x 10 minutes break per day, including time for lectures, discussion, quizzes and short classroom exercises.