Refining and Petrochemical > Refinery & Petrochemicals Hydrocarbon Mass Balance & Loss

In the world of oil refineries and petrochemical plants, understanding and managing hydrocarbon mass balance and losses is crucial for efficient operations, environmental compliance, and profitability.

This 3 day course is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the principles, techniques, and best practices involved in hydrocarbon mass balance and loss management.

By the end of this course, participants will have gained a solid understanding of hydrocarbon mass balance principles, methodologies for identifying and quantifying losses, and strategies for minimizing losses in refinery and petrochemical operations. This knowledge is essential for improving operational efficiency, reducing environmental impact, and enhancing profitability in the hydrocarbon processing industry.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Get a brief introduction to refining and petrochemicals operation (technical and economic).
  • Understand the various types, roles and importance of mass balances.
  • Appreciate the (monetary) impact of hydrocarbon loss.
  • Understand the various types of hydrocarbon losses (physical, paper, accounted, unaccounted).
  • How to minimise the physical and paper hydrocarbon losses.
  • Understand the impact of ocean loss and how to minimise.
  • Appreciate the use of checklists to find potential hydrocarbon losses.
  • Understand how Key Performance Indicators can support business improvement.
  • Appreciate the need of good governance.
  • How to reduce flaring.
  • Get acquaintance with practical ideas from refineries worldwide to mitigate hydrocarbon loss.
  • Know what supportive information and tools are available.
  • Know how to save money after implementation of mitigating actions!
  • Refinery and Petrochemical Plant Managers
  • Production Managers
  • Oil Movement Managers
  • Finance Manager
  • Yield Accountants
  • Control Engineers
  • Maintenance & Instrumentation Engineers
  • Laboratory Manager
  • Plant Engineers
  • Process Engineers and Technologists
  • Terminal Operators
  • Supply & Trading Managers

Prior knowledge of refining will be required, knowledge of petrochemicals would be an advantage. No prior knowledge of hydrocarbon mass balance and loss management is required.

  • Intermediate
  • Interactive presentations supported with slides which also serves as a dedicated course manual (pdf files).
  • Interactive discussions and participant topics (on demand).
  • Multiple exercises and a Case Study.
  • Q&A Sessions.

Your expert course leader holds a Masters and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Delft University of Technology. He previously worked 26 years for Shell. His last role in Shell was in the Management Team of Pernis Refinery in Rotterdam, with a secondment in Shell Internal Audit. His expertise lies in Manufacturing, Supply & Distribution, Research & Technical Services, Business Assurance (Quality & Auditing), Change Management and Continuous Improvement.

He has accumulated 15 years of refinery and petrochemicals engineering experience and worked 12 years in three refineries. He led multi-cultural teams of up to 13 highly educated (PhD-level) direct reports in The Netherlands, Germany and the United Kingdom.

He has an assignment at the Delft University of Technology as Senior University Lecturer and runs a consultancy agency to support Production Processes Performance Improvement mainly in the refining and (petro) chemicals industry.

To further optimise your learning experience from our courses, we also offer individualized “One to One” coaching support for 2 hours post training. We can help improve your competence in your chosen area of interest, based on your learning needs and available hours. This is a great opportunity to improve your capability and confidence in a particular area of expertise. It will be delivered over a secure video conference call by one of our senior trainers. They will work with you to create a tailor-made coaching program that will help you achieve your goals faster.
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