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Bunker Fuel, Gasoline and Diesel Blending

By Conference Connection

Jan 12, 2016

Learn how to profit, make, and optimize blending formulas.




* 20-21 March, Dubai

* 19-20 May, Rotterdam

* 17-18 November, Singapore



* 15-17 March, Dubai

* 23-25 May, Rotterdam

* 21-23 November, Singapore



About the Courses


These are the best dollars you’ll ever spend on a practical, hands-on course with take-home blending software.   Ara’s course synthesizes 40 years of blending experience working with Exxon and other multinationals in developing and using cutting edge fuels blending techniques around the world.

How to calculate blend profitability? How to estimate blend component prices? How to exploit profitability of calculating non-linear properties? How to use property measurement precision for dispute resolution? How to compare ISO8217 specifications with new ECA bunker specs? How to use ethanol and biodiesel profitability?


You get answers in this course designed for gasoline/bunker traders, fuel oil/products traders & operators, blending personnel, blending/fuel engineers, schedulers, senior operators, product coordinators, refinery planners, testing lab personnel, bunkering controllers, cargo inspectors/surveyors and fuels marketers.


BFB Overview


BFB course provides a comprehensive overview and discussion of:


  • Marine bunker specifications (ISO 8217-12) and their significance
  • Non-linear property (e.g. viscosity) blending techniques and calculations
  • Typical bunker blend components, their properties, and how produced in a refinery
  • Laboratory tests, sampling techniques, and quality control of bunker fuel properties
  • Blending and custody transfer measurement technology
  • Calculating profitability of a blend
  • Typical cost/benefits of modern blending infrastructure
  • Sulfur, IMO, ECA’s and impact of lowering Sulfur in fuels,
  • Use of scrubbers to lower emissions
  • Future marine fuels, e.g. LNG?


TAKE HOME! 500+ pages Bunker Fuel Blending Handbook, 15+ blending programs & exercises, bunker blending optimizer program (demo), blending components data base, specs for marine bunker and gasoil, and more.



GDB Overview


GDB course provides a comprehensive overview and discussion of:


  • fuels (gasoline and diesel) blending techniques
  • latest specifications,
  • non-linear property blending techniques
  • cost/benefits of modern blending infrastructure
  • ultra low sulfur fuels,
  • impact of bio-fuels, Ethanol and bio-Diesel blending
  • environmental impact of various fuel specifications


TAKE HOME! 800+ pages Gasoline & Diesel Blending Handbook, 30+ blending programs & exercises, gasoline & diesel blending optimizer program (demo), blending components data base, gasoline & diesel specifications catalogs, and more.



Courses include on-site laboratory visits


The course will also be enhanced by a Laboratory visit to witness fuel tests, such as octane, density, viscosity, and compatibility of fuels, and see the typical equipment used, such as octane and cetane engines, sulfur analyzers, gas chromatographs, and viscometers.



Who is the Course Director?


Ara Barsamian is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Refinery Automation Institute, LLC. 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 the 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 member of ASTM, AIChE, ISA, and IBIA. He graduated from the City University of New York with a B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering.

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