Gasoline Blending: Online Course

Location: Online

Venue: N.A.

Starts: 22 Feb 2021

Ends: 31 Dec 2021

Type: Virtual

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For more than a decade Conference Connection has organised the 3-day Gasoline Blending Course that has been successfully held in various global locations including;  Singapore, Rotterdam, Fujairah, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Kuwait with attendance by traders, refiners, analysts, schedulers and operations personnel. This course is now available in a multi-module fully online version,  which you can take over a period of 10 days,  at your convenience.

The online course will provide participants with a deeper understanding on:

  • How to make a variety of gasolines economically, precisely tailored for a specific application, meeting US and international rules and regulations.
  • Guidance to use best practice and application of US and International standards to improve your ability to source, supply and use the fuels required now and in the medium term.

Key concepts covered in the online course:

  • Blend Component Properties, Specs
  • Blending Economics
  • Blending Optimization
  • Dispute Resolution, Credits, EPA

A similar format of online course is also available for BUNKER BLENDING by the same course directors. Please email to for full details.

Course Directors

Mr. Ara Barsamian

President, Refinery Automation Institute LLC, USA

MPGC 2022 Speaker


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.

Course Outline

  • Introduction to Gasoline Blending
  • Specifications for Refiners, Terminal Operators and Traders
  • Gasoline Blend Component Properties and their usage
  • Pricing Blend Components
  • Linear Vs Non-Linear
  • Introduction to Blending Optimization
  • Blend Optimizer Usage
  • Laboratory Test Precision
  • EPA and Credits
  • Ethanol Blending
  • Examples of Improved Gasoline Blend Best Practice

Course Materials

  • High quality videos and content
  • Electronic version of the course book (PDF) with over 500 pages
  • Eleven (11) modules, with each module have one or more videos for theory and exercises
  • Real-life and hands-on Exercises
  • Demo of Gasoline Blend Optimizer
  • Short quiz to test what you have learned during the course

Who Should Attend

The online training modules are aimed at all gasoline fuel industry stakeholders who are keen to enhance their general knowledge of Gasoline Blending in Refineries. It will be of value to:

  • Refiners
  • Cargo Inspectors / Surveyors
  • Gasoline Traders / Blenders
  • Tuck Fleet Operators
  • Fuel Oil / Distillates Traders
  • Planning / Operational Engineers
  • Blend Schedulers / Analysts
  • Fuel / Project Engineers
  • Business Development Managers
  • Marine Managers
  • Marketing & Products Trading Managers
  • Laboratory Supervisors
  • Oil Terminal Operators
  • Laboratory Sales Representatives
  • Port Operators

Online Registration, Access, Terms & Conditions

+ Access to Course Material

The online course materials are available to registered and paid attendees only for a period of 10 days. The expiration days are calculated from the date of receiving the electronic format. After the payment, attendees will receive the electronic format of the material by e-mail, using the provided e-mail during the registration. Course material will not be sent to a different email address than the one provided at registration. In case you want to change e-mail, you need to reach out to Conference Connection at The Course Directors at RAI will remove privileges to the initial email and authenticate the new email address.

The material consists of a copyrighted pdf file that represents the course-book, protected by password and copyrighted excel exercises and a demo of the copyrighted RAI blend optimizer. The average duration of each video is 20 minutes. The videos are in high quality, meeting the requirements for online courses.

+ Login Credentials

Once payment is received, attendees will be sent login information where you will be able to log into your created account and see the purchased online course. If you have issues with the log-in please send an e-mail to

+ Indemnity

Conference Connection will provide all paid registrations with login credentials to the Portal which facilitates the courses. The Portal is owned and managed exclusively by Refining Automation Institute (RAI) L.L.C, USA who will be responsible for all technical and operational delivery for the courses on the Portal.  Please email for any technical difficulties.

+ Cancellations

The registration and payment of online course is not refundable and not transferable to another person. Cancellation is not accepted upon your registration and payment. Before registering and paying for the course, please ensure that you meet with all the minimum requirements to run the course material on your computer/laptop.

+ Requirements for Accessing the Exercises

Most of the exercises and in particular the RAI blend optimizer work exclusively on a Windows based laptop and with Microsoft Excel installed on your machine. We require at least Microsoft Office 2010 installed on your machine to run the RAI exercises and Optimizer. We also require that the solver and the VBA package tools are installed on your Microsoft Office. If you have an Apple computer with IOS or other operating systems such as Linux, Ubuntu or others, we advise you to install Windows on them in order to use the RAI package. If you are using your company’s computer/laptop, you might have restrictions. In this scenario you might want to reach out to your IT department and ask them to give you permission to run RAI exe files. The RAI optimizer will work exclusively on one computer, and before the activation you will be guided on how to get the key to unlock the RAI blend optimizer demo. Please also make sure that your antivirus allows the exe files to be run on your computer/laptop. In order to watch the online content you must have a high-speed internet connection.

Minimum requirements: Microsoft Windows OS: Windows 10 and one of the following Microsoft Excel versions:

  • Microsoft Excel 2007 SP3
  • Microsoft Excel 2010 SP2 (32/64 bit)
  • Microsoft 2013 SP1 (32/64 bit)
  • Microsoft Excel 2016 (32/64 bit)
  • Microsoft Excel 2019 (32/64 bit)
  • Microsoft Office 365

The exercises and the optimizer have been tested on a variety of computers without any issues. Please always make sure that the previous mentioned advice has been implemented.

+ Conference Connection & RAI Certificate

At the completion of the course and quizzes, the attendees will receive the certificate of attendance of the Conference Connection & RAI Gasoline Blending training program attended online. The attendees will receive an electronic version of the certificate, through the provided e-mail during registration.

+ Data Protection

Any client information (name, address and contact details) obtained during your registration will be added to our database and may be used by Conference Connection to provide you with further information on its products and services. Conference Connection may make this information available to associated partners for marketing purposes. To restrict or update your particulars, please contact database@

+ Copyright

The course and its content is copyright of Refinery Automation Institute, LLC, and all rights are reserved. Any redistribution or reproduction of part or all of the contents in any form is prohibited. All the videos and its content is copyrighted and is not allowed to download on your computer, dongles or any devices, and/or to record the content with any devices or to forward to other parties and users. It is forbidden to share log-in details with other parties. The purchased course is personal and not meant to be shared. If for any reason we might think that you are violating the copyright we will terminate your enrolment, deleting your account and proceeding for legal ways. You might not, except our express permission, distribute or commercially exploit the content. Nor may you transmit it or store it in any other website or other form of electronic retrieval system.

By registering to the courses you agree to our terms and conditions and you agree with respecting minimum requirements for running the material and copyrights.


Gasoline & Diesel Blending course will resume physically in various locations in 2022, subject to easing of travel restrictions due to the pandemic.

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