(EnergyAsia, January 15, Thursday) — Pennwell’s fourth edition of ‘Petroleum Refining in Nontechnical Language’ provides  readers with a basic understanding of the industry by providing a detailed overview of key refining topics by using relevant analogies, graphs, formulas and illustrations.

Written by William L. Leffler, the book contains information on the nature of crude oil and raw materials and discusses the crude oil and oil products price differentials. Two new chapters on lubricants and the latest technologies have also been added in this latest edition.

Topics addressed include petroleum refining, crude oil characteristics, distilling, chemistry of petroleum, and solvent recovery of aromatics. 

The book also covers Isomerisation, residue reduction, gasoline, distillate and residual fuels, hydrogen, hydrotreating and sulphur plants, asphalt, lubricants, ethylene plants, refinery gas plants, catalytic cracking, alkylation, catalytic reforming and hydrocracking, and fuel and heating values.
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