TKP4150 - Petrochemistry and Oil Refining


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Work 20/100
Written examination 80/100 4 hours D

Course content

Feedstocks, Norwegian oil and gas production, energy from fossil fuels. Oil refining, oil products, refinery design and selected processes, catalytic reforming and isomerization, hydrotreating and hydrocracking, catalytic cracking, treatment of heavy oils, environmental concerns, new fuels. Examples of basic, intermediate and end products from petrochemistry. Natural gas and LPG as feedstock, synthesis gas production, preparation and use of hydrogen, methanol synthesis, Fischer –Tropsch, ammonia synthesis. Production of light olefins by steam-cracking, dehydrogenation and other routes, use of light olefins.

Learning outcome

At the end of the course the students should be able to:
- Describe basic chemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, catalysis, reactor technology and process design and layout for key processes in oil refining, gas conversion and petrochemistry.
- Describe the value chains from typical raw materials to key intermediates.
- Be aware of issues linked with sustainability of processes and products.
- Know about biomass as an alternative feedstock.
- Describe and justify the links between the basic chemical issues (the chemical reactions, heat of reaction, kinetics, catalysis) and the process and reactor design (handling of reactants and products, heat of reaction, equilibrium limitations, recirculation).
- Find and understand and reproduce information of products and processes.

Learning methods and activities

The course is given as a combination of lectures, exercises, self-study and project work including student presentations.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The portfolio includes a final written exam (80%) and exercises (20%). The results for the parts are given in %-scores, while the entire portfolio is assigned a letter grade.
If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.
For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

J.A. Moulijn, M. Makkee, A. van Diepen: Chemical Process Technology, 2nd edition, Wiley 2013, and articles and handouts.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIK2057 7.5


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Spring ORD Work 20/100
Spring ORD Written examination 80/100 D
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.