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Petrochemicals Markets and Processes

An Intensive 5-Day Training Course

Petrochemicals Markets and Processes

The Petrochemical Industry Technology

Scheduled Dates

04 - 08 Mar 2024 Dubai - UAE $5,950
25 - 29 Nov 2024 Houston TX - USA $6,950
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Why Choose this Training Course?

Why Choose this Training Course?

This PetroKnowledge Petrochemicals Markets and Processes training course focuses more on the technology, value chains and industrial production processes in the manufacturing of Petrochemicals. The training course will navigate through feedstocks production, such as crude oil and gas, through olefinic feedstock processing all the way to polymer manufacturing. Reactor technology and suitable Catalysts for these processes will also be covered.

A review and comparison of the costs and economics of producing Petrochemical Building Blocks are covered with consideration of the implications on economics. Historical and future industry direction and developments will be explored to provide real-life context. Detailed process chemistry integral to the industry will be discussed as well.

This PetroKnowledge training course will highlight:

  • Technology used in the manufacture of Petrochemicals.
  • Key Market players and size
  • Economic aspects of the feedstocks and building blocks
  • Technical aspects of the entire Petrochemical value chains
  • Downstream associated petrochemicals markets

What are the Goals?

What are the Goals? 

  • Apply acquired knowledge of the key Petrochemical processes for this Industry
  • Understand the wide-ranging business of Petrochemicals
  • The production routes to the Seven building blocks for Petrochemicals
  • The rapid growth and importance of Petrochemicals
  • The benefits to customers and colleagues of Petrochemical processes

Who is this Training Course for?

Who is this Training Course for? 

This training course is suitable to a wide range of professionals but will greatly benefit: 

  • Sales personnel with a petrochemical portfolio
  • Process engineers
  • Industrial chemists
  • Market Analysts
  • Chemical plants Professionals
  • Petrochemicals & refinery Professionals
  • Business development Professionals
  • Researchers needing more commercial background

How will this Training Course be Presented?

How will this Training Course be Presented? 

Participants to this training course will receive thorough training on Petrochemicals through the seminar outline with the Tutor utilising a variety of proven adult learning teaching and facilitation techniques. Seminar methodology includes discussion slides, latest videos, case studies, handouts and wall charts and a full written guide to current industry trends and market direction. Including a review of how feedstock availability, the role of smart Catalysts, new process technology, economics, environmental concerns and public opinion towards Chemicals and Petrochemicals has changed and regional shift have boosted this market sector dramatically in the last few years.

Organisational Impact

This PetroKnowledge training course has been designed for all professionals involved in either the commercial or technical aspects of polymer and petrochemical processes.

  • A full background and in-depth exploration of this market sector
  • An insight into current market trends
  • Increased technical knowledge
  • Relevant problem solving in the petrochemical industry
  • An appreciation of the competitive nature of the market segment

Personal Impact

Added confidence and understanding of a complex global market.

  • Ability to share latest market knowledge
  • State of the art information related to this business
  • Potential to pass on this information to co-workers
  • Networking with delegates from similar background

Daily Agenda

Day One: Introduction

  • Petrochemicals Gas and Petroleum
    • Feedstock Flowchart and cross linkages
    • Sources of the basic petrochemical building blocks
    • Intermediates, derivatives and end-use markets
  • The Top 100 Chemicals
    • Size, Commodities and Specialties
    • Industry characteristics
    • Advantages of Global Mega size
  • Natural Gas C1 and C2 based Chemicals and Processes
    • GTL - effective use of cheap Gas
    • Methanol and Formaldehyde
    • Ethylene and derivatives
  • The natural gas/shale gas revolution
  • Where does Coal fit in the strategy?
  • Olefin Derivatives and uses
  • Crude oil, refining, integration with Petrochemical plants
  • Market growth and industry costs
  • The Petrochemicals Business
  • The origins and history of the industry
    • What makes the industry unique?
    • Costs, Margins and Prices
    • Evaluation of the major Players
    • Strategies employed by the major players
    • Industry Profitability
    • Ethylene and Propylene markets

Day Two: Petrochemical Process Technology & Key Value Chains

  • The Petrochemical Industry Today and Tomorrow
    • Cyclicality and profitability
    • Monitoring the Industry
  • Feedstocks
    • Refinery Reactions as a source of Petrochemicals
    • FCC Cracking
    • Steam Cracking
    • Reforming
    • Intermediates production
  • Natural, Shale and Stranded Gas
    • Sources of Gas
    • Supply and demand
    • Costs and pricing
    • The C1 Value Chain and derivatives
  • Olefin Economics
    • Steam Cracker Margins
  • Petrochemical Economics
    • Market Value Chains, Investment decisions
    • Economy of Scale
    • Industry Cost Curves, Cash margin Index
  • Feedstock costs and their impact on ethylene cost
  • Differences in costs and margins between producing regions
  • The dynamics of petrochemical feedstocks
  • Refining and gas separation
  • Olefins – Costs, Margins, Consumption and Investment
  • An introduction to Polyolefins
  • Aromatics Sources, Business and Technologies
    • Sources of aromatics
    • Supply and demand
    • Costs and pricing
    • Styrene – routes to manufacture

Day Three: Ethylene & Propylene Fundamentals 

  • Technology and Economics of Olefins
    • Supply/demand balance
    • Regional comparisons
    • Feedstocks, plant design, catalyst options, operating philosophy and conditions
  • The business of Ethylene
  • Feedstocks to Ethylene
  • Detailed investigation of major Ethylene Derivatives
  • The Future for Ethylene
  • Propylene
    • Propylene to Polymers - C3+ Chemicals and Processes
    • Process and technology licensees, business dynamics, value chains
    • Commercial routes to C3, C4 blockbuster chemicals
  • The business of Propylene
  • How the Propylene shortage was fixed
  • Detail of propylene derivatives   
  • What the future holds

Day Four: C4 Derivatives & Introduction to Aromatics 

  • Butylene and Butadiene Fundamentals
    • What are C4 molecules
    • How are they made and separated?
    • What they are used for
    • Business Structure
    • What the future holds
  • Aromatics
    • Aromatics Sources, Business and Technologies
    • Value chains, Routes into Polymers, Styrene production routes
      • The Aromatics business
      • Sources and production methods
      • Focus on Benzene Toluene and Xylene
      • Markets and Applications

Case Study - PX and PTA - Market Economics & Drivers

  • Sustainable Development
    • What is sustainability and Green Chemistry?
    • Review of potential bio-feedstocks
    • Is BTL realistic for fuel and chemical production?
  • Discussion Forum - Industrial Catalysis for Petrochemicals
    • Catalyst Basics
    • What catalyst to choose
    • Catalyst Suppliers and manufacturing methodology
    • Commercial and technical Catalyst management

Day Five: The Polymers Business and Course Conclusions 

  • How Polymers are Manufactured
    • The Polymer Tree
    • Commercial outlook for Polymers
    • Polymer production and chemistry
    • PE and PP technologies
    • Synthetic versus Natural Polymers
  • Plastics: what are they and how are they made
    • Methods of manufacture
    • Polymer types
    • Key properties
    • Polymer Markets and Applications
  • Polyethylene Fundamentals
    • LDPE, HDPE and LLDPE, what are they
    • How they are made
    • What they are used for
    • Margins and consumption
    • Business Structure
  • Polypropylene Fundamentals
    • What is polypropylene
    • How is it made
    • What it is used for
    • Margins and consumption
    • Business Structure
    • What the future holds
  • Polymers to Products
    • The properties of finished products
    • The role of the Processor
    • Markets and Applications
    • Green Polyolefins, towards a sustainable future with Polymers.

Case Studies

  1. Traditional and New Petrochemical Feedstocks
  2. PX and PTA market study
  3. Green Chemistry: Can Polyolefins be ever viewed sustainably?


  • On successful completion of this training course, a PetroKnowledge Certificate will be awarded to the delegates

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