Delayed Coker Operations and Reliability

This two day course will cover an introduction to the process, equipment, and operation of a delayed coker unit (DCU) in the refinery.

The coker is unique in the refinery world with a batch process and specialized solids removal (decoking) and handling equipment. All the unique aspects of the DCU will be covered with an in-depth review of the coker structure (coker island) operation and equipment. Special focus will be given to operator-based perspective on unit equipment and usage. Common safety and reliability concerns will be discussed at length.

RefComm® - Delayed Coker Operations and Reliability

Mon-Tue, May 8-9 2017

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You Will Learn

  • Learn the history of this process, the second oldest in refining
  • Explore the process flow and semibatch sequence
  • Introduction to the specific design and operation of specialized DCU equipment:
    • Steam purged valves
    • Decoking equipment
    • Heater fouling and decoking
    • Fractionator (distillation) dynamics with batch operation
    • Blowdown system
  • A special focus on real experiences in safety and reliability:
    • Operator ownership of safety
    • Common reliability issues with
    • DCU equipment
    • A review of major safety incidents over the past 20 years.

Who Should Attend

Refinery staff new (less than 1 year) to delayed coking. This includes operators, engineers, inspectors, or maintenance staff. Everyone associated with the unit should have a fundamental understanding of the unit and this course delivers just that.

Vendor staff who supply services or equipment to delayed coker units. Get to know how your unit fits into the overall scheme.

Project staff working on design projects. Designing a pump or tower takes on new meaning when you understand the process from an operations perspective.


Prerequisites

Familiarity with delayed cokers.


Your Instructors

Gary Pitman

Gary Pitman is Co-Founder, President and Coker SME for Coking.Com Inc. His roots run deep as an operator, maintenance technician and turnaround planner at ARCO/BP. He commissioned the Hovensa Coker in the Virgin Islands doing training for the structure block to the operators, then managed 315 craft people for a maintenance contractor on site. He has performed Coker Site Safety Audits and training in Asia, Europe, South America and North America and served as the subject matter expert for new product development for major manufacturers of delayed coking equipment. With his vast experience working with coker people close to the iron, “Mr. Coking.com” is in high demand for consulting on un-heading, coke cutting, unit operations, design review, training and commissioning with his start-up team.


Evan HydeEvan Hyde is the Director of Field Operations for Coking.com Inc. Formerly he was president of Telaxe, a coker consulting firm. He previously was president of C2 Nano Technology where they researched surface treatments to combat fouling and corrosion issues in cokers and other petrochemical process units. He was a Senior Engineering Advisor for Becht Engineering Co., Inc. New Jersey. He has consulted on processing improvement and reliability initiatives for delayed coking clients around the world. He also participated in onsite peer assessments of Coker Units at eight refineries which included improvements in maintenance work practices, process enhancements, and turnaround scope optimization.

Prior to joining Becht, Evan worked for ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, as a process engineer, with assignments in research, and troubleshooting for heavy oil upgrading equipment. He holds a B.S. of Chemical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.


Payments

Payment is due prior to the start of the seminar by Visa, Master Card, American Express, bank wire transfer or corporate check. Training fees will be charged to your credit card at the time of registration unless other arrangements have been made. Make checks payable to “Coking.com Inc”.

Refund Policy

Fees are fully refundable until April 17, 2017 (three weeks before the event), after which a $200 USD fee will be charged for cancellations. Registering for this training course prior to April 17, 2017, will help maximize the probability that the course will proceed as planned.  Cancellations after May 1, 2017 (1 week before class until 24 hours before class) are charged a 50% fee. All other cancellations and no-shows are non-refundable.  Substitutions are allowed.  Submit all cancellations and transfers in writing, by email or by fax.

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