Course Content – Reformer Catalyst Regeneration

Course Content – Reformer Catalyst Regeneration


Schedule Date Time PDH Venue/Platform Cost Register
Fall October 23, 2024 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Central Europe Time (UTC +2)
4 hrs. Sheraton North Houston at George Bush Intercontinental
Accepts in-person and virtual attendees


Good Reformer catalyst regeneration is key to high yields, selectivity, and stability and will largely determine the next run’s success. This training will cover the key areas needed to understand and execute a good regeneration. The speaker will review the basics of catalyst regeneration and then dive deeper into each process step, equipment requirement, and the essential monitoring and analyses. Attendees should bring a copy of their regeneration procedures for reference and should have already read them beforehand. Open discussion throughout the course is encouraged to enhance the training experience. All attendees should return to their refineries able to execute an optimal regeneration.

  • Catalyst Regeneration – The Basics
  • Process and Equipment Overview
  • Regeneration Steps
  • Key Control Objective
  • Optimization
  • Hot Hydrogen
  • Shutdown & Blinds
  • Carbon Burn
  • Low Temperature Burn
  • High Temperature Burn
  • Burn Completion Check
  • Sulfur Removal Step
  • Oxychlorination
  • Cool Down & Blinds
  • Reduction
  • Startup
  • Sulfur Addition
  • Feed In & Dry Down
  • Post Audit & Documentation
  • Heaters
  • Reactors
  • Separators
  • Compressors
  • Combined Feed Heat Exchangers
  • Fin-Fan Heat Exchangers
  • Caustic Solution Injection
  • Air Injection
  • Chloride Injection
  • Monitoring Analyses
  • Key Performance Indicators
  • Catalyst Analyses
  • Vapor Sampling with Detector Tube
Who Should Attend:

This training has been designed for refinery engineers and operators who perform naphtha Reformer catalyst regeneration for their units. The primary focus will be on Semi-Regen unit regeneration; however, all naphtha Reforming units will be discussed as the steps and challenges are similar. The training will also benefit R&D, refinery planning, project design, and environmental and procurement personnel who have roles supporting or responding to catalyst regeneration efforts. Personnel from design and construction companies, as well as process 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 scheduled at the end of each day.

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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