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Fundamentals of Petroleum Refining-UPES-2-J14

Fundamentals of Petroleum Refining-UPES-2-J14

Section A (20 Marks)

Write short notes on any four of the following

Question 1: Categories of advances in refining

Question 2: Areas of hydrocarbon loss minimization

Question 3: Functions of 'Oil Accounting System'

Question 4: IT applications in Hydrocarbon Industry

Question 5: Industry-specific impacts and management


Section B (30 marks)

(Attempt any three)

Question 1: Define Gross Refining Margin (GRM). On what factors GRM depends on?

Question 2: Explain the industry specific impacts and management of Health Safety & Environment (HSE).

Question 3: Explain the key properties of gasoline and diesel-blend stocks. Describe the special role of the conversion units.

Question 4: Explain IT applications in design and engineering. Describe key features of Cost Estimate software programs.

Section C (50 marks)

(Attempt all questions. Every question carries 10 marks)

Read the case “A case study for environmental impact assessment of oil refinery in Iran with emphasis of Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP)” and answer the following questions.

A case study for environmental impact assessment of oil refinery in Iran with emphasis of Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP)

The concept of social learning described and effort to show how communities of people with both diverse and common interests can reach agreement on collective action to solve a shared problem. The reality is that with the increasing need for oil exploration and industrial world to its position the largest and most important source of energy resources and raw polymers and plastics, social and economic direction in many countries and Iran, the general changed. Social impact assessment is defined as the process of identifying the future consequences of a current or proposed action which are related to individuals, organizations and social macro systems (Becker, 2001).

New oil to world markets, face, structure and function of all institutions of political, social, economic and even cultural country greatly affect. Samples of this nature and identity of its affiliated institutions have oil and if not, all relations and equations of political, economic and social changes in countries were emerged like Iran's good and important developments. The many categories, dimensions and interactions of risks have led to concerns for multiple and cumulative risks. Function of the oil change history of Iran and the country's economic direction in recent centuries, including strategic issues in economic and social analysis of counts. By identifying potential impacts in advance of large project, agencies and individuals, can make better decisions about which interventions should be undertaken, and how. The reality is that with the growing need for oil exploration and industrial world to its position the largest and most important source of energy resources and raw polymers and plastics, social and economic direction in many countries and Iran, completely changed. Potentially, guidelines and principles can be directed to many different groups, each of whom has different interests. All relations and equations of political, economic, social and countries like Iran has undergone major changes and developments were emerged. A group of oil experts believe that the main cause of lack of development in various dimensions, and all our psychological problems due to connection to the source of enormous wealth is God-given. So, if Iran's oil situation had not improved and perhaps better than their current situation. Although the situation in Iran without oil and certainly cannot stop drawing and be files, but not from the negative effects of oil were neglected in various social fields. The following major functions of oil will be in various institutions of the social groups of country. The largest negative effect of oil refinery in Iran's social groups, covering social and cultural weaknesses and inertia came to Iran. Although the foundations in terms of production technology and business environment is not among the rich and developed countries, but the oil fortune without trouble and tribulation has been given community, country has row in developing countries with relatively high per capita income. Brush oil and poor social groups of patients from the comments kept secret because of their financial obligations easily with oil supply has never felt the need and have no shortage of brains and hands - and their efforts to rush formation in the economy forced.

Although Iran is rich in terms of per capita consumption but produced a decisive great (especially for luxury goods) can be considered. Oil revenues from the anti-productivity culture in the dominant institutions and organizations promoting the country have replaced the traditional culture and religious work in the community are satisfied; samples already in many developed countries, consumption patterns more balanced pattern of consumption in our country's agenda have. The major disadvantages of deep social and economic culture, somehow clear the injection of oil revenues in the system forthright national economy goes, and unfortunately lose colour elements such as punctuality, activist, working order and have led to the conscience. Fundamental elements would be impossible which are definitely and certainly without any kind of development. High government subsidies in the energy sector through the financing of oil are high and fuel consumption in the country, the main reason for the growing energy and environmental crisis in Iran are considered. In the country of 70 million more than the countries with population above 300 million people will use gas or gasoline and the destruction process and renewal of natural resources, erosion, loss of forests and rangelands, drought, reduced rainfall. The country has faced serious crises. Iran enjoys enormous resources due to oil, fuels and energy carrier’s never reasonable price and has not and this has caused to other natural resources as national wealth and sustainable development and balancing factor in the long term is not significant. This problem, energy and environmental crisis in Iran have created unfortunately, due to open despite oil revenues, not such a critical sense.

Though it seems negative functions mismanagement of oil revenues in Iran has expanded its interests, but this should not hide the interests and benefits of oil and keep covered. Oil, among the main three components of power in international relations and equations are considered. Considering the critical dependence on the public, especially the industrial countries and countries in the world and powerful, energy resources, and all governments combined with behavioural compliance with caution and are oil-rich countries and this particular weight in the political negotiations and discussions to give them. Oil the other hand, an important factor of national solidarity and integration can be considered. Because all the benefits of oil sales of government is therefore to strengthen the base of central government in Iran has been led. It should be noted, Iran's extensive national and religious and ethnic variety and enjoyment of a strong central government if national unity is strength. Oil revenue, strong and important factor has in strengthening the central government and key functional preservation of territorial integrity.


For this project the data obtained by mixing the LEOPLD matrix and environmental risk assessment by using the special software under SQL server system. The assessment model for oil refinery social impact assessment and analysis of the results were established based on the interactions matrixes in which the interactions of two stages of oil refinery construction and operating activities on all environmental and social parameters were studied under the three general categories of social management, land usage and future development plans and its socio-economic effects and social and cultural aspects integrating all involved agents. All construction and operating stages' elements and sociological parameters were determined given the operational need. In order to evaluate the interactions between social parameters and both construction and exploitation operations, special tables designed for evaluation of interactions for taking conclusion and final summing up. For evaluating the environmental and social some special items has been selected that including: severity impact (negligible, moderate, critical, and catastrophic), probability impact (rare, seldom, occasional, likely, continuous), importance impact (short term, long term, reversible, irreversible, indirect, direct, and cumulative), impact type (positive, negative, no impact), significant impact.

Significant impact

0-3, Green, no impact-low, 4-6, Yellow, minor impact moderate, 7-10, Orange, major impact, 10>, Red, critical major impact. Special software under SQL server program designed getting accurate results of social and environmental impact assessment of Tehran oil refinery as selected for case study. After calculations results were provide as a graph. The graph shows the final evaluation for this case study.


As mentioned earlier the oil refinery and environment interactions were studied given the size of the job and environmental features in the framework of different units of oil refinery (executive, constructional, operational and processing) and different environmental (physical, biological, socio-economic and cultural) parameters. The major environmental impacts and consequences of oil refineries include gas emissions, effluents, solid wastes, noise, odour and visional and aesthetic impacts. Tehran Oil refining Company discussion is: Date of establishment: 1965- 1968, Date of operating: 1969 (South refinery)-1973 (North refinery), Nominal capacity: 220,000 barrels per day, Operational capacity: 240,000 barrels per day, Feed: Light crude oil of Ahvaz –Asmari oil field, crude oil of Maroon/Shadgan, Middle Asia, Production units: crude oil distillation, viscosity, liquid gas recovery, gasoline hydrogenated refining and gasoline conversion, hydrocracker, Hydrogen, Nitrogen, Sulfur recovery, Amine gas treatment.

All researches and studies about this issue entail three kinds of operations:

- Detail investigations and studies about environment.

- Investigations and studies about oil refinery.

- Investigations and studies about oil refinery environmental impact assessment

Regarding the first item, studies about environment, the studies were conducted given the refinery neighbouring lands suitability and surrounding environment and necessity to consider the soil and environment protection by the vegetation. Regarding the second item, studies about crude oil refinery, the studies were carried out given the main agents in production and interference in area oil industry and as the major agent of oil pollution in the area. In this respect, oil refinery different units were focused. Regarding the third item, studies about oil refinery environmental impact assessment, given the diversity in crude oil and creation of severe environmental pollution by all oil refineries upon refinery technical default (in all stages including design, execution and operating).

A. Air pollution

Air pollution due to the refineries' operation mainly derives in operating stage according to the facilities' age and employing processes by firing, steam boilers, furnaces, pumps, compressors, reserve tanks and distillation towers.

The most important air pollutants are sulphur oxides, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, aldehydes, ammonia, particles and hydrocarbons. The emitted hydrocarbons from the refinery are the most important source of pollution. Emitted hydrocarbons from the exhausting pipes and reserve tanks are the major air pollutants deriving from a refinery operation. Part of hydrocarbons is produced via evaporation. During combustion process, nitrogen oxides are formed particularly in facilities such as boilers, compressors, catalytic reducers and introduced into the environment. The particles are produced by turbines and boilers directly related to consuming fuel.

B. Water pollution

Discharging effluents into the environment can contaminate surface waters, soil and underground water due to leak or oozing of raw materials or products. Such a condition could be occurred due to tanks' or pipelines' leak

C. Solid wastes

Refineries produce noticeable amounts of solid wastes. The largest amount of solid wastes originate from cracking, coke production, sludge production and treatment (sludge deriving from cleaning tanks), water and oil separators and effluent treatment system.

D. Ecosystem demolition

In recent years, oil and gas prospecting and extraction operations imposed some damages to the marine and land environments in the areas that are under oil industries operations due to lack of a definite description for studying and investigating environmental impact assessment services


As the Fig 1 shows on the base of the information gathered in the field of social and environmental features within the project, review and understanding of the environmental, economic, social and cultural features of the project area affected, prevention of negative social and environmental destruction through the possible effects of control project. Construction of oil refinery in Tehran province makes jobs in the way of direct and indirect. The opinions of local people and authorities of all the statistics authorities and regional authorities, before entering the industry rates of social pathologies, including drug, theft and prostitution was low, at least in social insecurity may have been, an appropriate level of social contact between people was established and goods price inflation in the main requirement is an acceptable level.


Refinery construction occurs in areas of the province that are deprived of land without cultivation or development of argument that supporters of this plan. Sponsors building more oil installations in Tehran, in rail transport facilities and road facilities suitable for the oil industry are considered in Tehran. Some opponents also suggest construction of oil facilities in Tehran should be responding to future generations.


  1. What is the problem discussed in the case-study?
  2. Explain issues related to the Tehran Oil Refinery.
  3. What are the major environmental impacts and consequences of oil refineries?
  4. Discuss about the water pollution due to the refineries' operation.
  5. Discuss about the air pollution due to the refineries' operation.
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