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The Chemical & Petrochemicals Industry  for Non-Technical Personnel

An Intensive 5-Day Training Course

The Chemical & Petrochemicals Industry
for Non-Technical Personnel

The Petrochemical Industry Demystified

Scheduled Dates

10 - 14 Jun 2024 Dubai - UAE $5,950
04 - 08 Nov 2024 Dubai - UAE $5,950
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Why Choose this Training Course?

Why Choose this Training Course? 

This 5-Day PetroKnowledge training course focuses on simplifying the complicated, technical business of Petrochemicals. The training course will review the elementary Carbon-based, Organic Chemistry to help with understanding. Very basic Chemical structures and process chemistry necessary for understanding the industry will be discussed. Production processes and some of the equipment used are covered. Along with the business, value chains and industrial production of basic, top-selling Chemicals and Petrochemicals.

The training course will navigate through feedstocks, such as crude oil and gas, through olefinic feedstock processing all the way to polymer manufacturing as the finished consumer product as they are used in the end markets. Historical and future industry direction and developments will be explored to provide real-life context. 

This PetroKnowledge training course will highlight:

  • Basics of commercial production of Petrochemicals
  • Key Market players and size
  • Economic aspects of the feedstocks and building blocks
  • A more consumer focused view of entire Petrochemical value chains
  • Downstream associated petrochemicals markets

What are the Goals?

What are the Goals? 

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

  • Apply acquired knowledge of the basic organisation for this Industry
  • Understand the wide-ranging business of Petrochemicals
  • Be familiar with the Seven building blocks for Petrochemicals
  • Have a full understanding of the rapid growth and importance of Petrochemicals
  • Explain the benefits to customers and colleagues of the Petrochemicals business

Who is this Training Course for?

Who is this Training Course for? 

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

  • Sales Personnel with a Petrochemical Portfolio
  • Market Analysts
  • Chemical Plants Professionals
  • Petrochemicals & Refinery Professionals
  • Customer Care Representatives
  • Business Development Personnel
  • Procurement Managers
  • Senior Customer Care Representatives

How will this Training Course be Presented?

How will this Training Course be Presented? 

Participants to this training course will receive a 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, 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

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

Personal Impact

The training course will be relevant and useful to those wanting to gain an insight into the relationship between feedstocks, building blocks, intermediates and consumer products in this business.

  • Added confidence and understanding of a complex global market
  • Ability to share latest Petrochemical 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
  • Basic Organic Chemistry
  • The natural gas/shale gas revolution
  • Where does Coal fit in the strategy?
  • Processes and Equipment
  • 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: The Petrochemical Value Chains

  • 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
  • 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 and Propylene Fundamentals

  • The business of Ethylene
  • Feedstocks to produce Ethylene
  • Detailed investigation of major Ethylene Derivatives
  • The Future for Ethylene
  • Propylene
  • The business of Propylene
  • How the Propylene shortage was fixed
  • Detail of propylene derivatives   
  • What the future holds

Day Four: C4 Derivatives and 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
  • The Aromatics business
  • Sources and production methods
  • Focus on Benzene Toluene and Xylene
  • Markets and Applications

Day Five: The Polymers Business and Course Conclusions

  • 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


  • On successful completion of this training course, a PetroKnowledge 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?

Upon successful registration online, enrolment on the respective training course will be confirmed by Registration Team by e-mail along with the invoice and joining instruction.

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