Petrochemicals Markets and Processes

An Intensive 4-Day Online Training Course

Petrochemicals Markets and Processes

Processes and Technology Employed in the Petrochemical Industry

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Why Choose this Training Course?

Why Choose this Online Training Course?

The online 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 online 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?

By the end of this PetroKnowledge online training course, participants will learn to:

  • Apply acquired knowledge of the key Petrochemical processes for this Industry
  • Understand the technology and impact of Petrochemical processes
  • Be familiar with the production routes to Petrochemical building blocks
  • Appreciate the importance and magnitude of large Petrochemical plants
  • Explain the benefits to customers and colleagues of Petrochemical processes

Who is this Training Course for?

Who is this Online Training Course for?

It is invaluable to Engineers and Refinery and Gas plant personnel, industrial chemists, marketing and business development specialists working in chemical and petrochemical companies, located in company headquarters, chemical plants or integrated petrochemicals/refinery complexes will find the information covered extremely beneficial.

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

  • Technical Refinery personnel with a downstream petrochemical interest
  • Petrochemical Marketing specialists
  • Petrochemical Business development analysts
  • Process engineers in Refineries and Gas plants and industrial chemists
  • Researchers with an interest for petrochemical processes

How will this Training Course be Presented?

How will this Online Training Course be Presented?

This PetroKnowledge online training course will utilize a variety of proven online learning techniques to ensure maximum understanding, comprehension, retention of the information presented. The training course is conducted online via an Advanced Virtual Learning Platform in the comfort of your choice location.

Organisational Impact

The program has been designed for all professionals involved in either the commercial or technical aspects of Refineries, Gas plants and petrochemical processes.

  • An in depth exploration of the largest Petrochemical processes
  • A comparison of current processes versus future trends
  • Increased technical petrochemical process knowledge
  • A look at some trouble shooting in the petrochemical industry
  • An understanding of competing petrochemical process technology
  • Who are the major process licensors and players

Personal Impact

The PetroKnowledge online training seminar will be relevant and useful to those wanting to gain an insight into the relationship between cost, economics and marketing in this business.

  • Added understanding of a complex process technology globally
  • Sharing of latest petrochemical process market knowledge
  • A look at open literature information related to this business
  • Potential to share acquired knowledge with co-workers
  • Networking with delegates from petrochemical process background
  • Ability to discuss Petrochemical processes with confidence

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   
  • 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
  • Introduction to Case Study work

Day Two: Petrochemical process technology and 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

  • 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, C4 Derivatives

  • 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 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

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

Day Four: Introduction to Aromatics and Polymers


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

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


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

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I register for a training course?

  • To register online through our website, please click “Enroll Now” on the course page, complete and submit the form. A confirmation e-mail and instructions will be sent to the participant’s e-mail.
  • You may also get in touch with our Registration Team on
    +971 50 981 7386 | +971 2 557 7389 or send an email to

When and how do I arrange payments?

  • Payments can be made in USD or UAE local currency AED (Arab Emirates Dirhams) either by Bank Transfer or by Credit Card. Our Bank Account details will be provided on the invoice.
  • Course fees are payable upon booking unless a valid, authorized Purchase Order is provided and accepted.
  • Invoices will be sent via email/courier to the ID/name and address provided.
  • The course fee shall be settled prior to course start date. Corporate payments with existing payment policy shall be relayed to us in advance.

When should I expect to receive confirmation of registration?

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Is there a discount for more than one registrant/course?

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