The Chemical & Petrochemicals Industry  for Non-Technical Personnel

An Intensive 4-Day Online Training Course

The Chemical & Petrochemicals Industry
for Non-Technical Personnel

A Business View of The Petrochemical Industry

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Why Choose this Training Course?

Why Choose this Online Training Course? 

This four-day online training seminar discusses the competitive business of the Petrochemicals Industry and involves significant technological innovation. It is capital intensive and operates in a global product market. In terms of production volumes the industry represents approximately 10% of the total Oil Industry. On the basis of product value, however, the petrochemicals industry represents a larger share of the total industry, reflecting the higher value of petrochemical products compared to fuels. Over the last few decades, production in areas with competitively priced feedstocks has increased dramatically.

New production capacity has been built in the Middle East and Asia. This new capacity employs the latest technologies on the largest scales with some of the cheapest available feedstocks and, as a result, has changed the competitive landscape of the industry.

A variety of different organisations operate in the industry. There are specialist chemical companies which purchase raw materials to produce a wide range of commodity and speciality petrochemicals. The major oil and gas companies are also large petrochemicals producers and have been at the leading edge of many technological developments in the industry. In addition, the national oil companies have become increasingly active in petrochemicals production. The online 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.

This PetroKnowledge online 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 online training course, participants will learn to:

  • Acquire knowledge of the basic organisation for this Industry
  • Understand the commercial, global business of Petrochemicals
  • Introduction to the basic building blocks for Petrochemicals
  • Appreciate the history and rapid growth of Petrochemicals
  • Share the benefits of the training with Clients and colleagues of the Petrochemicals business

Who is this Training Course for?

Who is this Training Course for?

It is invaluable to market analysts, procurement, business development personnel to understand the Petrochemicals sector. Experienced Customer Care representatives working in Refineries, Gas plants, chemical and petrochemical companies, located in company headquarters, chemical plants or integrated petrochemicals/refinery complexes/Gas plants will find the information covered extremely beneficial.

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

  • Sales personnel with a petrochemical portfolio
  • Marketing specialists in Petrochemicals
  • Business development personnel from Oil refineries and Gas plants
  • Procurement managers with a Petrochemical portfolio
  • Senior Customer Care representatives

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 and will give

  • A useful overview of the Petrochemical market sector
  • An investigation and awareness of the current market health
  • Increase in basic technical and Petrochemical business knowledge
  • Basic commercial challenges to overcome in the petrochemical industry
  • A look at who how the major competitors are meeting today’s challenges
  • Who are the major Petrochemical market players?

Personal Impact

The program 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.

  • Understand the business of Petrochemicals
  • Ability to share current trends in the Petrochemical market
  • Know where to look and who to consult for information related to this business
  • Share Petrochemical business knowledge with co-workers
  • Ability to share and Network with delegates with a similar skill set
  • Confidence to share Petrochemical information inside and outside your organisation


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
  • Olefins – Costs, Margins, Consumption and Investment
  •  The business of Ethylene
  •  Feedstocks to produce Ethylene
  •  Detailed investigation of major Ethylene Derivatives
  •  The Future for Ethylene

Day Three: Propylene and C4 Fundamentals


  • 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: Aromatics and look at Polymers


  • The Aromatics business
  • Sources and production methods
  • Focus on Benzene Toluene and Xylene
  • Markets and Applications

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


  • 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?

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.

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

For corporate fees and group registration, please send your query to

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