The Blending Technology & Economics courses, focusing on gasoline, diesel, and bunker fuel were first launched in 2009 and are now held annually in Singapore, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Rotterdam, Fujairah, and other key refining centres. The courses enjoy strong support from nearly 100 companies which include key refineries, bunker groups, traders, blending specialists, schedulers, analysts, and engineers.
Key supporting bunker and refining companies include Singapore Refining Company, Maritime Port Authority, BP Singapore, PTT Public Company, Petronas, Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, Shell, Saudi Aramco, SATORP, TOTAL Oil Asia Pacific, and Chevron.
Intertek, DNV, Inspectorate and Saybolt have hosted laboratory visits for attendees of the popular 3-day gasoline and 2-day bunker courses.
Participating countries for the series since its inception include: Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Korea, India, Thailand, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Philippines, Taiwan, Japan, South Africa, Kuwait, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Libya, Iran, Iraq, Timor-Leste, Egypt, Estonia, Lebanon, Zimbabwe, Bahrain, Sudan, Vietnam, Nigeria, South Africa, Netherlands, UK, Spain, France, Sweden, Mexico, Curacao and USA.
This three-day course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview and discussion of gasoline and diesel blending techniques, technology and cost/benefits. It addresses contemporary issues such as the latest specifications, ultra low sulfur fuels, impact of Ethanol and Bio-Diesel blending, and environmental impact of various gasoline and diesel specifications. Case studies are used to illustrate the relative importance of each aspect of the fuels blending operation, together with specific exercises. This program allows participants to interact closely with both the speaker and others in attendance to exchange ideas on blending techniques. Attendees will receive a 500+ page coursebook and free take-home blending software that will be used for hands-on class exercises.
Mr Ara Barsamian
President, Refinery Automation Institute
Ara Barsamian is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Refinery Automation Institute, LLC. A fuels blending automation consulting firm, Refinery Automation Institute specializes in the profitable growth, development, and implementation of blending operations and technology.
Previously, he served as a group head of Exxon Research and Engineering Company where he designed, implemented, started up, and commissioned over 20 blending and oil movement systems across the United States, Europe, South America, the Middle East, and Asia.
In 1985, he formed 3X Corporation, which was later acquired by ABB, building on his 40+ years of experience in over 60 blending automation and optimization projects. Ara is a member of ASTM, AIChE, ISA, and IBIA. He graduated from the City University of New York with a B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering.
Who Should Attend
Middle and Senior Management: VP, General Manager, Assistant Manager, Superintendent, Executive, Manager
Engineers: Blending, Planning, Process, Facilities Planning, Analyzer, Auto Industry Fuels, Chemist
Terminal Supply and Trading: Products, Blendstocks, Renewables, Fuels, Bunker/Marine
Refineries: Planners/Supply Planner, Operators, Supervisors, Chemists, Lab Manager/Personnel and Research
Biofuels: Producers, Blenders
Gas: LPG Depot Coordinator, GTL Product Marketing Manager
Analysts: Financial, Business, Commercial, Oil Market, Trading,Project
Marketing: Sales Area Manager, Sales Representative
State and Regional Environmental Protection AgenciesPolicy Makers and Legislators involved in Energy and Environmental Sectors
- Introduction to Gasoline Blending
- Gasoline Specifications, Components & Additives Typical
- Blending Equipment
- Hands-on Demos Using Gasoline Blending Tools
- Blend Non-Linear Property Calculations
- Blending Economics Calculations
- Blend Control and Optimization
- Lab and On-line Tests
- Precision, Dispute, Resolution, and Setting Blend Targets
- Clean Fuels and Environmental Issues
- In-Line Blend Release & Certification
- Ethanol Blending
- Q&A Session
Truly a pleasure…Thank you for sharing your perspective
- V. Palassana, ExxonMobil
Ara has tremendous knowledge and experience
- Regional COO, Mitsubishi Corporation
Thank you for the valuable info shared through the course
- Operation Officer, Qaiwan Global Energy DMCC
Ara Barsamian is very knowledgeable, which made it easier to understand the course
- Operations Coordinator, Aramco Trading
The course was very detailed and Ara has much experience on both theories and hand-on practices
- Asst Manager- Distribution Operations, Pertamina
Why You Should Attend
- Learn about world-wide fuel specs,and future trend expectations
- Calculate profitability of blends, how to maximize margins, and cheapest way to correct “off-spec” tanks
- Determine the “blendability” of a component for “buy/sell” decisions; e.g. can you use the opportunistic cargo of naphtha to make a desired quantity of UL95 using also the other blend components you have on hand?
- Learn about tank batch blend, in-line blending, and in-line blend certification
- Practice using Non-Linear Property Calculations and blend optimizers to maximize profits
- Review ISO/ASTM Lab and on-line test methods for determining fuels and blend components properties, setting blending targets, and dispute resolution
- Learn about On-line Analyzers for octanes, RVP,distillation Sulfur, multi-property (NIR, MRA,Raman), etc. and their performance
- Measure fuels blending/loading accurately with various flowmeter technologies, and application to in-line blend certification
- Ethanol blending methods and calculation of nonlinear properties, e.g.octane and RVP boost and distillation depression
- Bio-Diesel types and blending methods
- Use of models like the EPA Complex Model to determine fuel environmental compliance
- Tips on most efficient way to homogenize tanks, “fixing” off-spec tanks, and making “room” in Tanks