Gasoline & Diesel Course

Gasoline & Diesel Blending

Gasoline and Diesel blending course teaches you how to make profitable fuels while meeting all the specs and environmental regulations

RAI Gasoline Blending Course Modules

  • Module 0 – Course Contents and About the Instructor
  • Module 1 – Introduction to Gasoline Manufacturing, Refining, Markets
  • Module 2 – Understanding Gasoline Specifications: USA, EU., and the World
  • Module 3 – Gasoline blend Components, Their Properties, Typical Usage,
  • Module 4 – Pricing Blend Components and Products
  • Module 5 – Blend Property Calculations: Linear and Non-Linear
  • Module 6  – Introduction to Blend Optimization
  • Module 7 – Blend Optimizers Usage
  • Module 8 – Laboratory Test Precision and Dispute Resolution
  • Module 9 – Environmental Specs: S, Bz, VOC, RFS, RVO
  • Module 10 – Ethanol Blending and Octane Boost
  • Module 11 – Examples of Improved Gasoline Blending Best Practice for suppliers of Gasoline
  • Module 12 – Hands-on Exercises
  • Module 13 – Hard Copy: Companion to Hands-on Excises with Detailed Descriptions
  • Module 14 – Hard Copy of the course material (~800 pages)

RAI Diesel Blending Course Modules

  • Module 0 – Course Contents and About the Instructor
  • Module 1 – Introduction to Diesel Manufacturing, Refining, Markets
  • Module 2 – Diesel Specifications: USA, EU., and the World
  • Module 3 – Diesel blend Components, Their Properties, Typical Usage,
  • Module 4 – Pricing Blend Components and Products
  • Module 5 – Diesel Blend Calculations: Linear and Non-Linear
  • Module 6 – Lab Test Methods and Precisions
  • Module 7 – Biodiesel, Renewable Diesel and Other Alternatives
  • Module 8 – Fossil Fuel vs “Green Fuels” (Green House Gas Reduction)
  • Module 9 – Hands-on Exercises
  • Module 10 – Hard Copy: Companion to Hands-on Excises with Detailed Descriptions
  • Module 11 – Hard Copy of the course material

2022 Blending Courses

In-Person Courses

Course Location Duration Date Time Register
Gasoline & Diesel Houston 3 Days Nov 14-16 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM CT Register
Bunker Houston 2 Days Nov17-18 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM CT Register
Gasoline & Diesel Bahrain 3 Days May 17-19 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Dubai Link
Bunker Dubai 2 Days May 23-24 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Dubai Link
Bunker Singapore 2 Days Oct 31-Nov 1 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM SGT Inquire
Gasoline & Diesel Singapore 3 Days Oct 26-28 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM SGT Inquire

Virtual Courses

Course Location Duration Date Time Register
Gasoline & Diesel Virtual 4 Half Days Jun 27-30 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM SGT Inquire
Bunker Virtual 3 Half Days Jul 5-7 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM SGT Inquire

* In-person course comes with half hour break at 12:00 noon and two coffee breaks

  • Refinery Personnel
    • Blending Engineers
    • Blend Schedulers
    • Planning & Economic Engineers
  • Laboratory Personnel
    • Laboratory Supervisors
    • Inspectors
  • Oil Terminal Employees
  • Business Personnel
    • Business Analyst
    • Sales Representatives
    • Traders / Blenders / Brokers
    • Marketing & Products Trading Managers
  • Managers
    • Middle & Senior Manager
    • Executives
  • Baker Hughes
  • BP Singapore
  • Chevron USA Inc
  • Cargil International Trading Pte Ltd
  • China Aviation Oil (S) Pte Ltd
  • Concord Energy Pte Ltd
  • Cosmo Oil International
  • CPC Corporation
  • Emirates General Petroleum (Emarat)
  • ENOC
  • ExxonMobil
  • Gunvor Group
  • Hyundai Oil Singapore Pte Ltd
  • JX Nippon Oil & Energy
  • Kuwait Petroleum Corporation
  • Kuwait National Petroleum Company
  • Lukoil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
  • Mabanaft Pte Ltd
  • MENA Energy DMCC
  • Mitsubishi Corporation
  • Oiltanking Odfjell Terminals & CO. LLC
  • Oman Trading International Ltd
  • Pertamina Energy Services
  • PetroChina International (S) Pte Ltd
  • Petron Corporation
  • Phillips66 International Trading Pte Ltd
  • PTT International Trading Pte Ltd
  • Qaiwan Global Energy
  • Qatar Petroleum
  • Qatar Shell
  • Reliance Industries Ltd
  • Samsung Total
  • Sasol Oil
  • Saudi Aramaco
  • Shell Internation Trading
  • Singapore Petroleum Company Ltd
  • Singapore Refining Company Pte Ltd
  • SGS
  • SK Energy
  • SOCAR Trading
  • S-OIL Corporation
  • Star Energy Oiltanking
  • Summit Petrochemical Singapore Pte Ltd
  • Thai Oil Public Company Ltd
  • The Bangchak Petroleum Plc
  • Toyota Tsusho Petroleum Pte Ltd
  • Turkey Petroleum Refineries
  • Unipec Singapore Pte Ltd
  • Vitol Asia Pte Ltd
  • Breakfast from 7 am to 8 am
  • Start of the Blending Course 8 am to 12 pm
  • Lunch Break from 12 pm to 1 pm
  • Training Session from 1 pm to 5 pm
  • Mid-Morning and Mid-Afternoon Coffee Breaks

Refinery Automation Institute provides: breakfast, lunch, mid-morning and mid-afternoon coffee break.

Coursebook and Hands-on Exercises:
  • +900 pages of Gasoline and Diesel Blending Handbook
  • RAI Demo Blend Optimizer*
  • 18 Blending Exercises with Blend Optimizer Cases
    • Volumetric blend calculator for gasoline and diesel blends
    • Non-linear property calculators
    • Blend component and off-specs price calculator
    • Ethanol boost calculator

*The RAI blend optimizer works only on windows-based laptops, and it requires Microsoft Excel to be installed with the solver active.

Reference Material Review
  • Product Spec Books
  • Market Price Bulletins
  • Data Base of Blend Components
  • Various Legislation (EPA, RFS, etc)
  • List of Blending-related URL’s

Ara has 50+ years of experience in gasoline, diesel, and bunker blending. He started with Exxon Research & Engineering, then started his own company with number of Exxon colleagues, designing and implementing numerous blending projects, and finally being acquired by ABB. Currently, he is the founder of RAI, a fuel oil blending consulting company.

Ara Barsamian
Ara Barsamian
  • BS, MS: Engineering, City University of New York
  • Exxon Research & Engineering: Group Head responsible for R&D and implementing computerized blending and OM&S world-wide
  • 3X Corporation: President, blending projects
  • ABB Simcon: Vice President, Refinery Automation, blending projects
  • RAI: President/CEO, blending projects
  • ASTM: Initiator of Working Group Using FTIR/NIR to certify octanes
  • IBIA Member Working Group: Future Fuels

The materials in these modules have been provided by Ara Barsamian and are based on personal knowledge and experience. Some data and materials have been contributed over the years by other experts of Refinery Automation Institute. All modules have been peer-reviewed by working members of US and foreign refineries, gasoline traders, oil terminal operators, pipeline company staff, and Laboratory personnel. The author acknowledges the contributions of all RAI staff and consultants, past and present. All information contained is given in good faith and is intended to improve the understanding of the topics by all sectors of the industry.


After the course is finished, the participants that have successfully completed the RAI Online Gasoline Training Course module(s) will receive the RAI Certificate of Attendance.


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