Refining and Petrochemical > Refinery & Supply Economics

About this Training Course

This 3 full-day course will provide insights into many aspects of operating the modern refinery as a business. This will include technical information on refining processes, crude oils and processing options, the place of the refinery in the value chain, refinery cost structure and management, optimization and profit margin, energy and oil loss reduction. This course will also address important management tools and techniques used for economic evaluations in refineries including future trends.

This course will include presentations, simulations, a trading game, and exercises. This is an interactive session where participants can propose relevant topics upfront to discuss during class.

This course can be further tailored for inexperienced or experienced personnel. Further customization can also include addressing a specific refinery, plant or unit. The option for post-course consultancy or help-desk support is also available.

This course can also be offered through Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) format.

By participating in this highly intensive course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the main functions in refining processes, configurations and its operating characteristics
  • Analyse the choice of crude, processing options and desired products and product quality parameters
  • Closely review refinery economics and planning, margins, costing & valuation including trading
  • Apply the methodology of refinery optimization and product improvement
  • Gain an application of analytical tools to refinery management, supply chain and their economic drivers
  • Appreciate the current challenges, opportunities and future trends impacting the refining industry

This course will benefit all refinery technical personnel, operations’ process engineers and process managers, technical services engineers and managers, refinery planners, newly-hired refinery personnel and current semi-technical personnel who require introductory training to acquire the broader perspective of refinery economics and supply.

  • Basic or Foundation

Your expert course leader is a passionate world-class expert with 35 years of international experience in Crude Oil, Refinery Planning and Masterplanning, Process Modelling, LP Modelling and Optimization Best Practices. He has a sound understanding of refinery processes and economics. After retiring from Shell in 2020, he is now a principal consultant for Crude Oil & Refinery Modelling.

He enjoys dealing with challenging technical problems and opportunities to deliver value through practical solutions. He has a hands-on mentality, is flexible and builds strong relationship with clients. During his career, he coached many engineers and delivered countless inhouse and external courses on crude oil, hydrocracking and general refinery processes and economics at the Shell Open University and many other client locations. He authored and co-authored several publications and presentations at international conferences and has three patents to his name.

He understands how to deliver outstanding services in sometimes difficult cultural and commercial situations, having worked for clients around the world. He works effectively in multi-disciplinary teams, has strong analytical and problem-solving skills as well as excellent consulting, facilitation and interpersonal and multilingual skills.

He has an MSc in Chemical & Agricultural Engineering (cum laude) and a BSc in Chemical & Agricultural Engineering from the University Ghent, Belgium. He is currently the Principal Consultant for Crude Oil & Refinery Modeling at Petrogenium, the international, independent, technical consultancy in oil refining, petrochemicals, oil & gas production & renewable resources.

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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Very useful and comprehensive course with real industry practice

Investment Officer, Ministry of Finance and Economy – Investment Division

Very informative trainer with experience in the refinery industry. Definitely helped me boost my knowledge in the area and apply to my daily work

Investment Officer, Ministry of Finance and Economy – Investment Division