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.
The Gasoline & Diesel courses returns to Dubai from February 12-14 2018. Past participating companies from the Gulf/Middle East include Aramco Trading, Akron, BAPCO, Fairdeal, Golden Atlas, Innova Refining, Inspectorate, Jordan Petroleum Refinery, KISR, Mitsubishi Corp, Qaiwan Global Energy Ltd, SGS Gulf, SABIC, Qaiwan Global Energy, SOCAR Trading Middle East, Star Energy Oil Tanking, Tupras.
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.
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
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