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Overview of the petrochemical industry


This section provides an understanding of the concept of chemicals, introducing the industry and reviewing the connection between energy and chemicals and the feedstocks we use to produce them.

This section itself could be used separately as an introductory course for those who want to gain overall understanding of petrochemical.

Learning topics and objectives:

  1. Get to know the petrochemical industry and the uses of chemicals
  2. Learn the types of hydrocarbon feedstocks, energy and reserves, i.e. crude oil, natural gas and coal
  3. Learn the seven chemical building blocks and their major derivatives, and understand how to make building blocks via the refinery, the crackers and through integration
  4. Recognise the business cycle and its impact on profitability, investment and restructuring
  5. Understand how the petrochemical industry functions, particularly in the U.S. Middle East and china, and major players in the industry


  1. Concept of chemicals: introduction to the petrochemical industry and the uses of chemicals
  2. Energy and reserves: world’s top reserves for oil, gas and coal; oil price variation and its links to petrochemical prices
  3. Hydrocarbon feedstocks – part 1: basic organic chemistry lesson; compositions of natural gas, how to separate the different fractions and their main applications
  4. Hydrocarbon feedstocks – part 2: compositions of crude oil and how to separate them and process them in a refinery; the major applications of each composition
  5. Chemical building blocks – part 1: introduction to the seven basic chemical building blocks; chemical nomenclature
  6. Chemical building blocks – part 2: Introduction to the chemical map, acronyms of important chemicals; global demand by building block, by main derivatives and by source
  7. Making building blocks – the refinery: crude oil composition; fuel uses; octane number; refinery configuration, major processes and chemicals produced from the refinery
  8. Making building blocks – the crackers: function of a cracker; differences between an ethane and a naphtha cracker; proportions of chemicals from different crackers; cracker configurations
  9. Making building blocks – integration: regional steam cracker feedstocks; proportions of chemicals from different feedstocks; production of synthesis gas; summary of ways to obtain basic chemical building blocks
  10. Petrochemical industry – part 1: definition of chemical industry and its evolution
  11. Petrochemical industry – part 2: shales gas revolution in the U.S. and its impact on petrochemical industry and prices of crude oil and natural gas
  12. Petrochemical industry – part 3: petrochemical industry in the Middle East and China; new evolution of petrochemical industry and competition
  13. The business cycle: each stage of a business cycle and its impact on profitability; company restructuring
  14. Main players – part 1: introduction to the history and recent changes of top American and European chemical companies, including ExxonMobil, BP, INEOS, Shell, Dow, DuPont, LyondellBasell, Evonik, BASF, Bayer
  15. Main players – part 2: introduction to the history and recent changes of Middle Eastern and Asian chemical industry;
Section 1

Overview of the petrochemical industry

  • Concept of chemicals
  • Energy and reserves
  • Hydrocarbon feedstocks – part 1
  • Hydrocarbon feedstocks – part 2
  • Chemical building blocks – part 1
  • Chemical building blocks – part 2
  • Making building blocks – the refinery
  • Making building blocks – the crackers
  • Making building blocks – integration
  • Petrochemical industry – part 1
  • Petrochemical industry – part 2
  • Petrochemical industry – part 3
  • The business cycle
  • Main players – part 1
  • Main players – part 2

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