Crude Oil Selection

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Price: €1390
Registration Deadline: 15 July 2024
15hr Content/ 3 day program
28 Credits
Sanda Telen

Format: Instructor-led

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Course Objective

To help participants understand the importance and complexity of the crude oil selection process, and its impact on the processing technology, refining assets and the quality of finished products.”

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About the course


   3 Days

   Registration deadline 15 July 2024


   Limited seats


The refining industry has changed noticeably over the past years, with an ample supply of opportunity crudes available. Considering that crude oil purchasing represents approximately 85% of a refiner’s cost structure, it is a key factor in achieving profitability goals. There are many challenges in the processing of opportunity crudes, however, by respecting the general rules of the selection process, risks can be considerably decreased.

This training course is focused on the crude oil selection process and its impact on refinery processing and the quality of finished products. It provides practical guidance on the building, interpretation and significance of the crude basket, crude oil assay generation and interpretation, yields, economics, crude blending, compatibility, stability, environmental impact, and post-evaluation process. Additionally, the course gives perspective on how crude oil quality impacts the refinery assets and refining processes. 

The course consists of online live sessions with the instructor spread across a 3 day period. All training content is provided through your EngineeringTrainer account. These live sessions will include plenty of opportunity to interact with the instructor through asking questions and discussion of the case examples.

After the course you maintain 1-year unlimited access to the course, including any new course material. This allows you to perform modules again should you need to refresh your knowledge.

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Meet your instructor

Instructor Sanda Telen, PhD

Sanda Telen, PhD  

Managing Director and Founder at Oilcon Oil&Energy Consulting   

Technical consultant - Advanced Technologies and Product Development

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Program & Details

  1. Welcome to the course

  2. Your instructor

  3. How to use this course

  4. Personal Certificate requirements

  1. Crude market outlook and demand

  2. Crude oil value chain

  3. Cost of crude oil production

  4. How the crude oil market works?

  5. Benchmark or marker crudes

  6. OPEC crude basket

  1. Availability

  2. Environmental issues

  3. Long-term economic viability

  4. Light/heavy crude oil spread

  5. Challenges in processing

  6. Elements of successful processing

  1. Hydrocarbons, elements, and metals

  2. Rearranging of molecules

  3. Combustion of hydrocarbons

  4. Classification of crude oils

  5. Tight and shale crude oils

  6. Opportunity crudes

  1. Feedstock flexibility

  2. Key elements of the crude oil selection process

  3. Basic criteria for crude oil selection

  4. Crude selection strategy

  5. Crude oil selection parameters

  6. Crude oil contaminants

  7. Crude oil's carbon footprint

  1. Asphaltenes and crude oil stability

  2. SARA analysis

  3. Asphaltene destabilisation

  4. Asphaltene precipitation and deposition cycle

  5. Prediction of asphaltene stability

  6. Impact on processing

  1. Management of Change process

  2. Stakeholders

  3. Elements of the crude oil evaluation process

  4. Comparison of the main operational parameters

  5. Environmental feasibility of crude oil processing

  6. Economic evaluation process

  1. Importance of Crude oil assay

  2. Key elements of Crude oil assay

  3. Types and formats

  4. Data generation

  5. Laboratory and generic data

  6. Crude oil assay data interpretation

  1. Importance of blending strategy

  2. Principles and rules of blending

  3. Lookalike crude oils

  4. Types of crude oil blending

  5. Blending ratio

  6. Crude switching

  1. Crude compatibility and crude contaminants

  2. Types of crude compatibility

  3. Asphaltenes

  4. Stability of blends

  5. Laboratory testing of crude stability

  6. Crude instability and incompatibility

  1. Crude oil compatibility matrix

  2. Crude blending matrix

  3. Crude basket

  4. Master table of evaluated crudes

  5. Case study – Additives stabilisers

  1. Key elements of refining economics

  2. Profitability of refinery

  3. Crack spread

  4. Gross refinery margin

  5. Planning and scheduling

  6. Crude segregation

  1. Introduction

  2. The general principle of operation

  3. Blending

  4. Treatment

  5. Refinery performance

  6. Refinery complexity

  1. Options for resid upgrading

  2. Delayed coking

  3. Solvent deasphalting 

  4. Visbreaking

  5. Resid fluid catalytic cracking

  6. Resid hydrotreating and hydrocracking

  1. Objective 

  2. Crude oil assay

  3. Compatibility test

  4. Approval for processing

  5. Post-evaluation report

  6. Conclusion – essential steps of the crude selection process (wrap up)

  1. Course summary and discussion


After this course, you...

  • have an appreciation of the complexity and the impact of a crude selection on the refining process and the quality of finished products

  • able to generate and interpret the Crude Oil Assay

  • know how to build the crude basket

  • understand the principles of crude blending and crude compatibility

  • have seen how to manage crude contaminants and the role of additives

  • can perform an evaluation of crude processing – technology and economy aspects

  • are able to perform the process simulation and simplified unit capacity calculation

  • understand the environmental concerns associated with crude oil processing

  • are knowledgeable about the impact of the crude oil processing on the quality of the finished products

Who should attend this course

  • Refinery unit managers

  • Refinery technical personnel

  • Planning and scheduling specialists

  • Trading and blending specialists

  • Crude trading specialists

  • Laboratory supervisors and technical personnel

  • Sales, marketing, and product trading specialists

  • Professionals looking for business benefits from managing the crude selection process.


  • This course is suitable for a range of personal and there are no specific prerequisites. Some affinity with crude oil processing is beneficial

Level: Beginner to Intermediate

This course consists of 6 instructor-led live sessions which consist of presentations, demonstrations, discussions and worked cases. During each session, participants can ask questions to the instructor (through the chat or microphone) which will be answered in the session.  

Access to the course
After your purchase is confirmed the course will be available in your EngineeringTrainer account, where you will find the course welcome chapter and instructions on how to join the live sessions. Sessions are held using the software Microsoft Teams and a log-in link is provided for each session through the EngineeringTrainer portal. Live sessions can be joined using any device, including tablets and mobiles. 

There is a Registration procedure for this training course. Please click on the register button above to register.

Shortly after the Registration Deadline has passed EngineeringTrainer will be in touch to agree a training schedule which is possible for you, typically within 2 months of the Registration Deadline.

No payment is required until after the Registration Deadline. Payment will be arranged together with the schedule after the Registration Deadline.

Typically the course will be split across 6 sessions, an example is shown below, the final date and schedule of the training course will be determined together with the instructor and the participants after the Registration Deadline:

    • Session 1:    Day 1, 9:00 to 12:00 CET

    • Session 2:    Day 1, 13.15 to 15:15 CET

    • Session 3:    Day 2, 9:00 to 12:00 CET

    • Session 4:    Day 2, 13:15 to 15:15 CET

    • Session 5:    Day 3, 9:00 to 12:00 CET

    • Session 6:    Day 3, 13:15 to 15:15 CET

  • These sessions will include breaks at regular intervals  


A personal digital certificate will be made available to each participant upon full attendance.

Example Certificate:


This course consists of 6 instructor-led live sessions which consist of presentations, demonstrations and discussions of questions. During each live session participants can ask questions to the instructor (through chat or microphone) which will be answered.

Please note that for privacy reasons no recordings of the live sessions are made or provided.

The training material used in the live sessions, for example the slides or exercises, will be available in the EngineeringTrainer portal for a year after the date of the training allowing you to refresh your knowledge or review material if needed. 

No, course content is not available for download.

The training material used in the sessions, for example the slides or exercises, will be available in the EngineeringTrainer portal for a year after the date of the training allowing you to refresh your knowledge or review material if needed. 

Please note that for privacy reasons no recordings of the live sessions are made or provided. 

Yes, interactive Q&A sessions are part of the live sessions in this course and allow you to interact with the instructor and ask questions.

To respect the privacy of the participants the live sessions will not be recorded, and as such the live sessions cannot be played back. Therefore it is important for all participants to block the time slots of the live sessions in their calendars and be present. 

No software licenses are provided as part of this course.

Yes, this course qualifies for PDH hours as per the NCEES CPC Guidelines.

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