August 11-13, 2021
Golden, Colorado USA

About this course…

Introduction to Petroleum Refining Technology and Economics presents a comprehensive introduction to petroleum refining technology and economics. The focus is on transportation fuels refineries, however, petrochemical production and biofuels are also discussed. The first part of the program includes an overview of crude oil supply and petroleum product demand. This is followed with a description of refinery process technology. Major refining technologies are described such as crude oil distillation, heavy oil conversion options, hydrotreating, and catalytic reforming.

Although oil refineries have many similarities, each refinery is customized to most profitably supply a specific market. Profitable refinery operations involve many economic decisions, such as crude oil selection and production planning. The course includes a discussion of the linear programming technique, which is used for these important business decisions. The final session is a comprehensive description of key planning activities that involve important refinery economic decisions.

Who should attend?

In addition to oil refining company personnel, other individuals who interact with the industry will benefit from this course. This includes accounting (contact state accountancy board regarding CPE credits), finance, insurance, and petrochemical producers. A technical background is not required for course participants.

Continuing education credits

Colorado School of Mines will award 1.8 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) to participants who complete this course.


Dave Geddes is an economics and planning consultant for the refining and petrochemical industry. His previous experience includes 20 years at Bechtel Corporation. Learn more…


The course will be taught at Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado USA. Learn more…

More information about Golden and Mines is available.


Registration for this course is open now. Enrollment is limited; therefore, applications will be accepted in the order received. Full information about fees, options, and payment methods is available.  Learn more…

Travel and accommodations

Registrants are responsible for their own travel arrangements, transportation, lodging, and meals. Additional information is available through the links below.

Further technical information

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Dave Geddes

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