Course Content – Visbreaking

Course Content – Visbreaking


Schedule Date Time PDH Venue/Platform Cost Register
2Q2024 May 29 – 30, 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


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand combustion basics and operating best practices
  • Understand hardware and instrumentation of fired equipment
  • Make rough calculations for trouble shooting of field problems
  • Optimize/balance proper operation and thermal efficiency of fired equipment
  • Visbreaking history
  • Crude Oil
  • Visbreaking as margin improver
Visbreaking Technology
  • Physical Chemistry of Vacuum Residue
  • Conversion and Stability
  • Visbreaker Products
Visbreaking Process Flow Diagram
  • Characteristics
  • Process variables
  • Process control
Process Equipment Overview
  • Filtered Heaters
  • Soaker
  • Fractionation
Process Safety
  • Over and under pressure
  • Furnace Oxygen – and draft control
  • Instrumentation
  • Emergency block valves
  • Fouling and COrrosion Risks”
Operational Procedures
  • Start up
  • Shut Down
  • Emergency Shut Down
  • Furnace Decoking
  • Water Washing
Process Optimazation
  • Equipment Reliability
  • Performance Monitoring and KPI’s
  • Operating Cost

Trial-For-Ignition time restrictions for process safeguarding

Who Should Attend:
This program is ideal for personnel involved in refinery process engineering, unit operations, technical service and process research and development. Process engineers from design and construction companies as well as those who provide services to the petroleum refining industry should also find this program beneficial. The training is targeted towards engineers who are familiarizing themselves with Visbreaking Technology. . 

James Sheldon
James Sheldon has over 30 years of experience in software and technology development, consultation on profit improvement programs (PIPs), refinery upgrades, and strategic investment studies in the petroleum refining industry. James has managed various PIP-type projects (i.e., PIP at a 200 KBD FCC/visbreaking conversion refinery, PIP at a two-site FCC, hydrocracking, coking, visbreaking conversion refinery and petrochemicals plant, and many more). He has managed a series of studies to determine the changes in operation and the new equipment required to comply with new auto-oil specifications for a 140 KBD conversion refinery. James has managed refinery modernization and fuel oil minimization study, including working closely, on-site, with refinery technical specialists and refinery linear program (LP) specialists. He has Managed a study into the technical and economic feasibility of processing a new, heavy crude in three linked, complex refineries. Dr. Sheldon holds a B.Sc., degree (1st Class Honors) and a Ph.D. degree, both in Chemical Engineering and both from B.Sc. Birmingham University, Birmingham, UK.

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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.

Virtual Training Platform:
GoToTraining is Becht’s interactive online training solution with the most reliable features to help you before, during, and after your sessions. GoToTraining is a robust training platform that engages participants/attendees virtually.

Cancellation Policy:
A full refund is available for cancellations more than 30 days before course start date. Within 30 days of course start date, course credit can be transferred to another attendee within the same company, or can be kept on file to be applied to a future Becht training course.

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