Base Oils- Product Quality and Global Profitability

9 – 11 November | 10:30AM GMT // 2:30PM UAE

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7 – 9 December 2020 // Start Time: 9AM EST/8AM CST/1PM GMT

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The base oils business has transformed significantly over the years making it crucial for professionals to understand the key differences between base oils groups, their evolving uses, and changing supply and demand landscape across the globe. Coupled with disruptions and market uncertainties driven by covid-19, understanding the base oils business has become more complex than ever.

As the industry is changing significantly, it is essential to prepare yourself for what’s ahead in order to navigate the market confidently and equip yourself with fundamental knowledge that will help you strengthen your commercial strategies and achieve business goals.

With this in mind, join the first Base Oils II – Product Quality and Global Profitability training course taking place in November that will provide you with relevant insights at your convenience. As health and safety becomes the utmost priority, this new way of learning offers an innovative way of gaining product knowledge and market insights during this unique time.


  • Volatility Requirements: The technical details of viscosity index (VI), volatility and viscosity relationships
  • Overview of the viscosity & engine oils: Why engine oils matter to all other base oil sectors
  • Global Variations in Base Oil Quality: Major supplier comparisons and quality differences
  • Base oil pricing mechanisms: What sets base oil price?
  • Base oil refinery profitability: Profit basics, fuels versus lubes, by-products from base oils plants
  • Forecasting methodology: Factors to consider when doing a base oil forecast
  • Trends & Ideas: Survival of the Fittest



  • Live and interactive sessions
    Understanding the relevance of getting access to information real time, the course will be delivered live including interactive sessions providing you with a platform to engage with trainers and other delegates
  • Modular approach
    The course will run over 3 days with a total of 9 hours of tuition time.
  • Timely and comprehensive agenda topics
    Each module will touch on specific themes within the base oils business – from feedstock dynamics and regional outlook to future trends



Amy Claxton is a registered professional Chemical Engineer and owns a consulting company called My Energy. Prior to starting her own company in 2001, Amy worked for Dow Chemical, Exxon, and ExxonMobil. After assignments in refinery fuels, chemical, and base oil operations, she became manager for technical services at Exxon’s Baytown, Texas refinery. During the Exxon – Mobil merger, Ms. Claxton was Exxon’s Corporate Base Oil Liaison for senior officials and lawyers at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, Exxon, Mobil, and outside law firms

With almost 4 decades in the refining industry, her expertise includes global crude oil quality assessment; fuels and base oil refining technology and economics; and base oil pricing and supply forecasting. In addition, she has 3 decades of expertise involving gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology, economics, and intellectual property. Amy recently served as the Refinery Technical Manager for the Calumet Specialty Products refinery in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA

Amy studied BSc (honours) Chemical Engineering at the A&M University in Texas.

When not involved in oil and gas work, Ms. Claxton enjoys travel, cooking, reading GTL patents for fun, and spending time with her family in Hershey, Pennsylvania and their country house in Quebec, Canada.


28 – 28 October 2020:
Launch price: $1,150 (+UK VAT at 20% if applicable)* (available until 16 October)

Standard price: $1,350 (+UK VAT at 20% if applicable)* (17 October onwards)

Book now with promo code P0014WEB

For group bookings of three or more, please contact us via

*NB: Please enter your VAT number (or local equivalent) on our payment page, otherwise UK VAT at 20% will be applied. Customers based in the UK will be charged UK VAT at 20% whether or not a VAT number is provided.

7 – 9 December 2020:

Launch price: $1,150 (+UK VAT at 20% if applicable)* (available until 6 November)

Standard price: $1,350 (+UK VAT at 20% if applicable)* (7 November onwards)

Book now with promo code P0016WEB

For group bookings of three or more, please contact us via

*NB: Please enter your VAT number (or local equivalent) on our payment page, otherwise UK VAT at 20% will be applied. Customers based in the UK will be charged UK VAT at 20% whether or not a VAT number is provided.

In-House Training

ICIS works alongside our clients to create bespoke training courses that mould our expertise and your specific needs. We will pinpoint the current expertise of your employees, areas for improvement, and your business goals, and develop a training course that will bring tangible benefits to your business.

Our custom training courses are delivered as interactive workshops, focusing on the products, concepts and issues that are most relevant and beneficial to you.

  • Save money on transportation and accommodation, with training at a convenient location
  • Flexibility – you determine the length and duration of the sessions
  • Interactive workshops with hands-on exercises, to reinforce key skills, techniques and concepts
  • Take away the course materials, presentations and background information for future reference

To enquire about in-house training for this course, please click here and a member of our team will get back to you.

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