Petroleum Refining in Nontechnical Language, Video Series (10-DVD Set)

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Dr. William Leffler transforms the challenging subject of the refining process into an informative and engaging journey! You'll be expertly guided from start to finish, with clear and concise explanations of all key concepts in the petroleum refining industry—even if you're a complete novice!

Includes all 10 videos:

  1. History / Oil Patch to Refinery / Crude Oil
  2. Distilling / Vacuum Flashing
  3. Chemistry of Petroleum
  4. Refinery Gas Plants / Cat Reforming
  5. Catalytic Cracking / Alkylation
  6. Hydrocracking / Isomerization
  7. Residual Reduction
  8. Gasoline
  9. Distillate and Residual Fuels / Asphalt
  10. Hydrogen, Hydrotreating, and Sulfur Plants / Review

Features & Benefits

  • Easy-to-understand explanations of all the important and essential points of refining.
  • A basic understanding of the refining industry in simple, easy-to-understand language.
  • An overview of key refining topics, using relevant analogies and easy-to-understand graphs, formulas, and illustrations.
  • About four hours of lecture.


  • Field level personnel
  • Management
  • Energy lending and finance professionals
  • Anyone who seeks to understand how, or relies upon, energy markets
  • Students

About the Author

William L. Leffler earned an MBA and PhD from New York University and a BS from MIT. After a commission in the US Navy, he worked in the oil and gas and petrochemicals industries for 36 years in the US and abroad. Following that, he taught courses in universities and in companies on the upstream, downstream, and petrochemicals for 20 years while pursuing his writing career.

Dr. Leffler is a prolific petroleum industry writer of magazines and books (almost all with the words in Nontechnical Language in the title.) His books (some with co-authors) include this one on refining as well as petrochemicals, deepwater exploration & production, natural gas, pipelines and oil & gas production.

Type: 10-DVD Set
Published: 2010
Run time: 240 Minutes
ISBN: 9781593702281

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