Course Content – Catalytic Reforming Process Technology

Course Content – Catalytic Reforming Process Technology


Schedule Date Time PDH Venue/Platform Cost Register
3Q2024 September (TBA) 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


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
  • Unit Designs
  • Reactor Designs
  • Review of Licensed Processes
  • Reaction Chemistry
  • Metal/Acid Functions
  • Operating Variables: Severity, Pressure, H2/HC Ratio, Feed Properties, Catalyst Type
  • Effect of Variables on Yields, Catalyst Activity,
  • Catalyst Stability and Product Quality
  • Unit Optimization
  • Aromatics Production
  • Revamp Options
  • Continuous Reforming
  • Reformulated Gasoline Options
  • Energy Conservation
  • Catalyst Composition and Types
  • Commercial Catalysts
  • Evaluation of Catalyst Changeout
  • Role of Sulfur in Reforming
  • Unit Start-Up
  • Catalyst Regeneration
  • Feed/Catalyst Sampling and Analyses
  • Data Normalization
  • Catalyst Samplers
  • CCR Unit Operation
  • Advantages/Disadvantages
  • Performance Evaluation
  • Operating Variable Effects
  • Water/Chloride Balance
  • Feed Contaminants
  • Catalyst Problems
  • Naphtha Sources
  • Hydrotreating Reactions
  • Catalyst Compositions and Selection Rationale
  • Process Variables
  • Recombination Reaction
  • Troubleshooting
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.

Andrew W. Sloley
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.

Barry A. Robinson is a Senior Staff Process Engineer for Cenovus Energy. His duties include capital project development and mentoring of process engineers. Barry was previously employed by Sunoco, BP, and Marathon in their Corpus Christi , Toledo, and Detroit refineries where he provided technical service, capital project development and execution, process unit commissioning, and process engineering management services. He has experience in catalytic reforming, hydrotreating, aromatic extraction, para/ortho xylene production, fluid catalytic cracking, delayed coking, sulphur recovery, and light ends separation processes. Barry has performed work on over $800 million worth of capital projects, including six FCC revamps and a grassroots delayed coker/sulphur recovery complex. He also spent six years employed by an engineering contractor. Barry spent two years in technical service coverage of both a semi-regen UOP Platformer in BTX operation and an Amoco Ultraformer cyclic unit in motor gasoline operation. In addition he spent three years managing technical service coverage of a UOP CCR unit in gasoline operation. Barry holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University, and a MBA from Bowling Green State University.

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