Course Content – Catalytic Reforming Process Technology

Course Content – Catalytic Reforming Process Technology


Schedule Date Time PDH Venue/Platform Cost Register
3Q2024 September 16 – 17, 2024 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Central Europe Time (UTC +2)
16 hrs. Becht Europe B.V., Dobbeweg 1c, 2254 AG VOORSCHOTEN, The Netherlands
Accepts in-person attendees only
Fall 2024 October 21 – 22, 2024 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Central Time (UTC -6)
16 hrs. Sheraton North Houston at George Bush Intercontinental
Accepts virtual and in-person attendees


The catalytic reforming process is critical to the overall economic balance of the modern petroleum refinery. This program has been developed to provide an in-depth, yet practical review of the current technology available in the processing areas of catalytic reforming and naphtha pretreating. The speakers will cover topics ranging from the basic process chemistry through commercial unit operations. The interactions between feedstock types, yields, product quality, catalysts, cycle length, and operating process variables will be explained. In addition, unit monitoring, troubleshooting, catalyst regeneration, and process evaluation methods will be discussed. A thorough understanding of these principles and techniques is necessary to optimize the performance of the catalytic reformer and, ultimately, to maximize the profitability of the unit.

  • Process History
  • Position in Refining Process
  • Process Overview
  • Process Types
  • Evolution to Moving Bed
  • Reaction Chemistry
  • Metal/Acid Catalyst Functions
  • Feed Sources and Quality
  • Reformate Product Quality
  • Net Gas Product Quality
  • Semi-Regenerative
  • Cyclic Regeneration
  • Continuous Regeneration
  • Reforming Equipment
  • Regeneration Equipment
  • Process Variables: Severity, Pressure, H2/HC Ratio, LHSV, Feed, Catalyst
  • Effect of Variables on Yields, Activity, Catalyst Stability and Product Quality
  • Parameters to Monitor
  • Water/Chloride Balance
  • Low Reformate RON
  • Catalyst Performance
  • Catalyst Sampling
  • Water/Chloride Balance
  • Feed Contaminants
  • Chemistry and Catalysts
  • Process Flow
  • Process Variables
  • Process Safety
Who Should Attend:

This program has been designed for refinery staff involved in catalytic reforming unit operation, process engineering, and unit monitoring. The program will also benefit process R & D personnel, as well as sales and technical service engineers from catalyst suppliers. Personnel from design and construction companies, process control vendors, and refining equipment suppliers will also find the program beneficial. Participants are invited to bring questions and any non-proprietary operating experiences for discussion during the program and the open forum sessions which are scheduled at the end of each day.

Peter Marsh
Peter Marsh has more than 40 years’ experience in oil refining and engineering contracting businesses in various technical, operational and leadership roles. The majority of his career has been spent with BP where he worked at 4 different refineries and in the technical centre. He has specialist knowledge in all types of naphtha isomerisation and naphtha reforming processes and spent 9 years serving as a refining advisor providing technical support in these technologies to BP’s global refining portfolio. Activities included process technology training, troubleshooting, unit optimisation, turnaround and project support, developing process safety standards, promoting application of technology and sharing best practices. He has a strong focus on process safety, plant reliability and use of technology to enhance plant capability.

Mr. Marsh also has experience in many other refinery process technologies including crude distillation, hydrotreating, fluid catalytic cracking, catalytic polymerisation, alkylation and light ends separation processes. He served as lead process engineer for an EPC contractor on several major revamps of fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) units and a grass roots residue cracking unit. He is currently a self-employed consultant providing independent technical support to oil refineries. He is also a volunteer committee member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Safety and Loss Prevention Special Interest Group. His primary focus area within this group to date has been learning lessons from process safety incidents.

Brad Palmer
Brad Palmer has 32 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry and has held engineering and leadership roles in both technical and operations. He started in oil and gas production but soon transferred to refining where he spent the rest of his career, working for Chevron, Conoco, ConocoPhillips and Phillips 66. For the first 9 years he held process engineering roles for Chevron in environment, hydrotreating, blending and shipping, crude units, cokers, utilities, FCCs, planning and economics and operations coordination. Joining Conoco as a lead engineering in their central technology group, Brad worked across technologies then settled into a technical leadership role in Reforming and Isomerization for 17 years. He spent his last 5 years as a Process Engineering Superintendent in the Alliance refinery leading both project and process engineering teams.

Working in both technology development and operations organizations for ConocoPhillips and Phillips66, Brad’s career was focused on process training, troubleshooting, unit monitoring and optimization, best practice development, reliability improvement, process safety standards, project development, turnaround support, catalyst testing, and technology development.

Brad has been working as a Becht Engineering Process Technology Advisor for over one year. He holds 8 patents.

Becht offers the following discounts on Public Training:

The highest applicable discount will be applied; discounts are not additive.

  1. Early Registration – A 10% discount is to be provided when you register 30 days before the start date of the training.
  2. Group Rate – A group discount is applied when you send three or more people from your organization to the same course and provide a single payment.
  3. No. of Registrants Discount/Person
    3 10%
    4 – 6 20%
    7 and up 25%
  4. Yearly Commitment Discount – A 25% discount when you prepay for a minimum of 10 participants from your organization to any of the courses in the same year.

Cancellation Policy:
Full refunds or course transfers are available 4 weeks prior to the class start date. Cancellations 2-4 weeks out are eligible for course transfers or a refund of 60% of the registration fee. Cancellations within 2 weeks of the class will not be eligible for a refund. For any inquiries, please email

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