Process Int - Training

Refinery Optimisation

Key Benefits

  • Understand the potential to increase refinery profits through optimisation
  • Understand how optimisation can increase profits
  • Understand the limitations of current optimisation practice
  • Develop skills in refinery process modeling
  • Understand how to get more from refinery optimisation
  • Understand the relative merits of linear and non-linear optimisation


Refinery operations involve many important degrees of freedom for optimisation. Maximising the potential of optimisation can have a critical influence on refinery profitability. Optimisation can be carried out at several levels.

In planning, we determine the crude oils, the refinery will run over the long term and make changes to the process and utility networks. In scheduling, we decide what crude oil to run and what products to make on a given day subject to prices. Current practice usually relies on linear programming and successive linear programming to carry out this optimisation, which has significant limitations. In addition, interactions between processing systems and supporting systems (e.g. utility and hydrogen systems) are often neglected in optimisation models.

New approaches, which will be introduced in this course, allow these interactions to be addressed, as well as including more realistic models of the refinery units.

This course will provide the basic introduction to refinery optimisation and insights into future trends for refinery optimization. Refinery debottlecking will also be considered.

Who Should Be Trained?

The course is intended for people with a chemistry, chemical or mechanical engineering background working in the petroleum industry in refinery design or refinery planning, or in engineering and consultancy companies or software companies servicing the industry. Process engineers and refinery planners should attend this course.

Dates & Course Fees

We have some offers for group bookings. Also, if you would like this course to be delivered in-house at your business, please contact us to discuss this option.


Session 1 Introduction

Background and the scope of refinery optimization

Session 2 Major Refining Processes

Characteristics and features of major refining processes

Session 3 Degrees of Freedom in Refinery Operations

Major parameters for refinery operations

Session 4 Modelling Refinery Processes

Current methods and applications

Session 5 Modelling Overall Refinery Operations

Modelling overall refinery flowsheets

Session 6 Existing Practice of Overall Refinery Optimisation

Current methods for refinery optimisation and their shortcomings

Session 7 Interactions between Major Processes

Interactions of the key parameters between processes

Session 8 Hydrogen Systems and its Interactions with Processing Systems

Hydrogen distribution network, models and interactions

Session 9 Utility Systems and Interactions with Processing Systems

Steam and power distribution network, models and interactions

Session 10 Refinery Economics

Economic analysis for refining feeds, products for capital and operating costs

Session 11 Overall Modelling for Refinery Integration

Integration between refinery processes, hydrogen and utility systems

Session 12 Decomposition Optimisation Strategy

Optimisation framework for refinery optimisation

Session 13 Marginal Value Analysis

Determination of marginal values of feeds and products based on optimization and its applications

Session 14 Industrial Applications

Case studies for applying the optimization method for planning, operation and debottlenecking

Session 15 Other Areas in Refinery Optimisation

Introduction of refinery scheduling and on-line optimisation

Session 16 Conclusions

Potential application of the optimization method for exploiting new ways for future refining

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