Crude Distillation Operations

SKU: ROCDO00CENDuration: 60 Minutes

Operators must properly monitor and control the distillation process in the crude unit so that the products leaving the unit meet process specifications. This course provides an overview of the operation of a crude distillation unit. The steps that crude oil goes through in the crude unit, process variables, and conditions that affect unit operation will also be examined. This course will also consider problems that might arise in the crude distillation unit and how to correct them.

Course Details

Specs

Training Time: 60 minutes

Compatibility: Desktop Only

Based on: Industry Standards and Best Practices

Languages: English

Learning Objectives

  • Topic I: Introduction to Crude Distillation
  • • Describe the general purpose of crude distillation.
  • • Describe the purposes of the two major steps in crude distillation.
  • • Identify equipment typically used in crude distillation.
  • Topic II: Heating and Desalting
  • • List and describe the basic steps of desalting.
  • • Explain how crude is heated both before and after desalting.
  • • Describe the operation of a typical desalter.
  • • Identify process variables and factors that affect desalter operation.
  • Topic III: Crude Distillation
  • • Describe the operation of a flash drum and a pre-fractionator.
  • • Describe the operation of an atmospheric distillation tower and its associated equipment.
  • • Describe the operation of a vacuum distillation tower and its associated equipment.
  • Topic IV: Process Variables
  • • Describe process variables that are important to the operation of a charge heater.
  • • Describe process variables that are important to the operation of an atmospheric tower.
  • • Describe process variables that are important to the operation of a vacuum tower.
  • Topic V: Maintaining Process Specifications
  • • Define the following terms: cut point, initial boiling point, final boiling point, boiling point percentage, and target temperature range.
  • • Describe how adjustments can be made to maintain process specifications.
  • Topic VI: Abnormal Conditions
  • • Describe the following abnormal conditions: flooding, dry trays, and upset trays; and explain how they can be detected and corrected.
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