Growing global competitiveness in the refining products’ market requires an in-depth knowledge of fuel technology processes, global quality standards, and quality monitoring procedures. As a global market turns to clean fuels and more stringent specifications, the environment in which refiners operate becomes more challenging.
The Refining Processing & Blending Masterclass presents a comprehensive and detailed overview of refining processes, from crude oil selection to finished products. It is a core skill course focused on refining processes, applied technologies, crude oil selection, and its quality impact on the finished products, specifications, blending aspects, and testing. It will give an overview of a modern, integrated petroleum refinery, including the feedstock properties, product slate, and the processes used to convert crude oil and intermediate streams into desirable products.
By the conclusion of this course, delegates will have gained a thorough understanding of the operation related to crude oil processing and blending of the finished products and its impact on the management of the downstream operations chain. Specifically, the following topics will be addressed:
A clear overview of the whole crude refining process, from crude selection to production of on-spec products
A clear overview of processing background and how finished products are produced and blended
A clear overview of finished products blending operations, blending principles, specifics and operations
Understand the blending impact on product quality and how to deal with quality giveaways, stability of blends and specification margins
Understand the importance of specifications, their limitations and how to ensure that the product is fit for purpose
Understand the role of additives and how additives are selected and used to meet the specification for different products and different markets
Know the importance of laboratory results and their interpretation
Have a clear understanding of how to manage the integrated downstream process
Dr. Sanda Telen has been an independent oil and energy consultant since 2015, after spending 27 years in INA d.d. In 2016, she founded Oilcon Oil & Energy Consulting Company which provides technical support for the oil and gas industry and related businesses, the auto industry, distributors and traders, chemicals and additive producers and suppliers, industrial and independent laboratories, government and NGO bodies.
During her career in INA downstream, she held various positions, mainly focusing on downstream development. She started as an R&D engineer and later on held various managerial positions with increased responsibilities, managing advanced technologies, product development, and R&D laboratory.
Sanda is a recognised expert in conventional, biofuels and alternative fuels, with extensive experience in the crude selection process and formulation of finished products, as well as broad operational experience in product portfolio strategy, product recipes, formulations and additive selection, product quality road mapping and benchmarking and crude evaluation processes, with an emphasis on opportunity crudes with the management of operative crude basket. As a long time laboratory manager, she has a comprehensive knowledge of laboratory processes, including laboratory staff training and equipment selection as well as financing, benchmarking, efficiency improvement and total quality management processes.
In 2017 she was appointed as Editor in Chief of Fuels and Lubricants Magazine, published by the Croatian Society for Fuels and Lubricants. Sanda holds a University degree in Chemical Engineering, PhD in Analytical Chemistry and Business School Diploma.