President and CEO
Refinery Automation Institute, LLC
Ara Barsamian is one of the world's leading experts in gasoline, diesel and biofuels blending operations and technology. He has over 45 years of hands-on experience in the petroleum refining and computer-controlled blending, and implemented over 60 blending projects in the U.S., Europe, South America, the Middle East and Asia. He is president of RAI, a blending consulting company; previously he was a group head with Exxon Research and Engineering Company, President of 3X Corporation, and Vice President of ABB Simcon, all in the area of fuels blending. He is a member of ASTM, ISA, IBIA, and AIChE, participating in work relevant to blending standards and practices. He is one of the key participants in developing ASTM practice for use of spectroscopic methods for certifying in-line gasoline blends, and a leader in the development of IMO 2020-compliant bunker recipes.
Ara holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from City University of New York.
How to calculate blend profitability
Dispute resolution using property Lab measurement precision
Estimating blend components prices
Compare ISO8217-2017 specifications with 2005, 2010/12 and new 2020 global S bunker specs
Exploit profitability of calculating non-linear properties
Fuel Oil / Products Traders & Operators
Bunker Marketers / Traders
Middle & Senior Managers
Business Development Managers
Trading Managers / Operators
Commercial / Chartering Managers
Supply & Operation Managers
Blend Schedulers / Specialists
Cargo Inspector / Surveyors
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"The Course provided sound knowledge to create a stable fuel oil blend and the economics of such a blend"
"Helped me understand and apply the complexity of bunker blending and optimizing the profits and specifications as much as possible"
“Ara is a great communicator and made this difficult topic simple, a great course, delivered very well"
“I got really good insights into the topic and now have a better understanding of what blending is all about”
“I learnt a lot - and was able to tie my previous information and knowledge to a more structured format”
“I was deeply impressed how comprehensive, thoroughly composed and well structured the course was. It was well balanced between lectures and exercises”
“Must attend course for ship operators involved in fuel blending process”