Over the course of three-days, the program seeks to focus on gasoline and diesel blending techniques concentrating on the creation and optimization of profitable blend formula. In addition to comprehensive analysis of blend components including pricing and the environmental impact, the program seeks to educate participants through real life case studies and exercises.
Take home after the course:
In order to get the maximum benefit, participants should bring their own Windows laptop with Microsoft Excel (2010 or later) with SOLVER add-in software installed for this course.
President, Refinery Automation Institute LLC, USA
Ara Barsamian is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Refinery Automation Institute, LLC (RAIL). 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 fellow of American Institute of Chemical Engineers, life-time member of International Society for Automation, member of ASTM working group on using spectrometers for certifying in-line gasoline blends, and a member of IBIA’s Future Fuels working group. He graduated from the City University of New York with a B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering.
Gasoline Traders / Blenders
Fuel Oil / Distillates Traders
Middle & Senior Managers
Business Development Managers
Blend Schedulers Business Analysts
Marketing & Products Trading Managers
Laboratory Supervisors Sales Representatives
Planning / Operational Engineers
Cargo Inspectors / Surveyors
Fuel / Project Engineers
"I really got good insights into the topic and now have better understanding of what blending is all about"
"I was deeply impressed how comprehensive, thoroughly composed and well structured the course was. It is well balanced between lectures and exercises"
“I learnt a lot – and was able to tie my previous information and knowledge to a more structured format”
“Truly a pleasure…Thank you for sharing your perspective”
“Ara has tremendous knowledge and experience”
“Thank you for the valuable info shared through the course”
"Ara Barsamian is very knowledgeable, which made it easier to understand the course"