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Crude Oil Expert 202

Those working with crude and understand the fundamentals of crude quality and wish to broaden their knowledge or exposure to concepts—producers, mid-stream, refiners, traders, lab personnel, analysts, users of the Haverly tool suite, government agents or functions, journalists, and anyone interested in expanding their knowledge re crude. CRUDE OIL EXPERT 101 is not a requirement but the material will not repeat content of 101. This course will focus on testing methods, interpretation of data, issues with data and how to critique error and data quality. It will also discuss tests that are not in the public domain which are of critical need given the changing landscape and origins of raw materials.

This course is intended for those who are involved with crude businesses and have a key job responsibility in crude related activities. CRUDE OIL EXPERT 101 covers the changing landscape of crude oils, how crudes differ, why certain crudes are better suited for specific refineries, what makes an ‘opportunity’ crude an opportunity, what parameters are important in an assay, what parameters border on the useless, how to asses data on a crude, and whatever issues at the 101 level are important to attendees. This course is guided by the issues and requirements of the attendees, their key job responsibility, and what you expect from the course. Expert 202 goes into greater depth of the important parameters that we call ‘data’. All data is subject to error, many tests used are inappropriate and out of scope for today’s raw materials, other tests are needed but not in the public domain (i.e., there is not an ASTM or IP test for it). What to do? Material will discuss how understand the testing protocol and evaluate the data. The lens through which the data are viewed are not that of a laboratory technician but that of a tool user who needs to make the proper judgment for company business needs with respect to the data that is the life blood of the toolshed’s raw material profile. Clearly, the data used for should be neutral and not the modeled results from a tool or program! How can you tell what was actually or probably measured and how confident should one be about the result? A classic assay from a member or in the public domain will be used as a reference for our discussion. The last part of the course is a critical review of an assay—one provided by a participant or one in the public domain.

Certain individuals will absorb those aspects that are of interest to them. All will be introduced to peers and topics on this broad subject. This is a participatory course. The content is directed by the pre-course comments of attendees so each session of this course is unique.

The course covers

  1. The changing raw material landscape and how this challenges historical testing protocols
  2. What are the data needs from the perspective of downstream and those involved in the mid and downstream business
  3. Why certain crudes are suited for specific refineries, what makes an ‘opportunity’ crude an opportunity.
  4. What parameters are important in an assay, how to assess data on a crude.

Agenda

  • Changing landscape of raw materials, protocols for testing methods, cautions about results and how to interpret those results as input to tools your company uses to run its businesses. most test methods were developed on conventional raw materials and the new raw materials, whether fossil or bio-, are out of scope for the test methods used. further, compatability risks are real and high. some important tests are not in the public domain and the results are not fungible.
  • Refinery types and the kinds of crudes most suitable
  • Judging whole crude quality; what data and what tests? what do you need to know to make an opportunity crude an opportunity rather than a risky proposition.
  • Choosing test methods and accepting responsibility for the lab’s performance
  • Critical review of a full public-domain assay. Most 'assays' are tool-generated reports. Do you want to model the tool or the raw material? how to tell. do you accept all that is published as gospel or input what were the probable measured data or ...?

Course length: 2 days

The instructor, Anne Shafizadeh, has 40 years of experience with Chevron and now has her own consulting firm, Shafizadeh Consulting.

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for those who are involved with crude businesses and have a key job responsibility in crude related activities--those working with crude: producers, mid-stream, refiners, traders, lab personnel, analysts, users of the Haverly tool suite, government agents or principals, journalists, and anyone interested in expanding their knowledge regarding crude.


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