The Refinery of the Future

The Refinery of the Future

2nd Edition - July 25, 2020

Write a review

  • Author: James Speight
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128169957
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128169940

Purchase options

Purchase options
DRM-free (PDF, EPub, Mobi)
Sales tax will be calculated at check-out

Institutional Subscription

Free Global Shipping
No minimum order


The Refinery of the Future, Second Edition, delivers useful knowledge that will help the engineer understand the processes involved, feedstocks, composition and future technologies. Covering the basic chemistry, commercial processes already in use and future innovation, this reference gives engineers and managers the tools needed to understand refining products, feedstocks, and the processes critical to convert feedstocks to desired outcomes. New information concerning tight shale formations and heavy oil process options is included for today’s operations. Rounding out with future uses in shale, bioliquids and refinery configurations, this book gives engineers and refinery managers the knowledge to update and upgrade their refinery assets.

Key Features

  • Links basic petrochemical and refinery knowledge into application for today’s oil and gas refining industry
  • Gives insights into the development and applications of refining process technology, along with the types of feedstock and their properties
  • Updated with a focus on crude oils recovered from tight shale and sandstone formations, along with increased emphasis on heavy oil and tar sand bitumen


Petroleum engineers; process engineers; petrochemical engineers; refinery managers; technicians

Table of Contents

  • 1. Feedstock Composition and Properties
    2. Introduction to Refining Processes
    3. Refining Chemistry 
    4. Distillation
    5. Thermal Cracking
    6. Catalytic Cracking
    7. Deasphalting Processes
    8. Hydrotreating and Desulfurization
    9. Hydrocracking
    10. Refinery of the Future

Product details

  • No. of pages: 656
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Gulf Professional Publishing 2020
  • Published: July 25, 2020
  • Imprint: Gulf Professional Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128169957
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128169940

About the Author

James Speight

James G. Speight is a senior fuel consultant as well as an Adjunct Professor of Chemical and Fuels Engineering at the University of Utah, USA. He is recognized internationally as an expert in the characterization, properties, and processing of conventional and synthetic fuels and as a chemist with more than 35 years of experience in thermal/process chemistry, thermodynamics, refining of petroleum, heavy oil, and tar sand bitumen, and physics of crude with emphasis on distillation, visbreaking, coking units, and oil-rock or oil catalyst interactions. Speight is currently Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Petroleum Science and Technology, Energy Sources-Part A: Recovery, Utilization, and Environmental Effects, and Energy Sources-Part B: Economics, Planning, and Policy. He is also the author/editor/compiler of more than 25 books and bibliographies related to fossil fuel processing and environmental issues.

Speight was Chief Scientific Officer and then Chief Executive Officer of the Western Research Institute, Laramie, WY, USA, from 1984 to 2000. During this period he led a staff of more that 150 scientists, engineers, and technicians in developing new technology for gas processing, petroleum, shale oil, tar sand bitumen, and asphalt. Speight has considerable expertise in evaluating new technologies for patentability and commercial application. As a result of his work, he was awarded the Diploma of Honor, National Petroleum Engineering Society, for outstanding contributions to the petroleum industry in 1995 and the Gold Medal of Russian Academy of Sciences (Natural) for outstanding work in the area of petroleum science in 1996. He has also received the Specialist Invitation Program Speakers Award from NEDO (New Energy Development Organization, Government of Japan) in 1987 and again in 1996 for his contributions to coal research. In 2001, he was also awarded the Einstein Medal of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Natural) in recognition of outstanding contributions.

Affiliations and Expertise

Editor, Petroleum Science and Technology (formerly Fuel Science and Technology International) and Energy Sources and Adjunct Professor, Chemical and Fuels Engineering, University of Utah, USA

Ratings and Reviews

Write a review

There are currently no reviews for "The Refinery of the Future"