Refined products

One resource, thousands of uses

The vast majority of the crude oil that goes through one of our refineries leaves it as gasoline. But the range of products we produce is much wider than automotive fuels. In fact, these products touch almost every aspect of modern life.

Here are a few of our refined products: 

Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) 

Together propane and butane are known as LPG, which is stored in metal containers under pressure as a liquid. It is used for heating and cooking, especially when portability is needed – in camping stoves, for example, or on boats. 

Kerosene (paraffin) 

Kerosene was the first major product to be refined from crude oil in the late 19th century. At that time it was mainly used for lighting in oil lamps. Today its main use is as jet aircraft fuel. 

Lubricating oils 

Without lubricants, the world might not stop spinning but everything on it would grind to a halt. Lubricants have thousands of uses, from fixing squeaky doors to oiling industrial machines and automotive engines. 

Heavy fuel oils 

These are used in large industrial boilers, in power stations for example, and to raise steam to drive turbines on ships. 

Bitumen 

This is the heaviest product from the refinery. Essentially it’s what is left after everything else has been removed from the crude oil. When heated, it can be used in road construction and as a waterproofing material for roofs. 

Waxes 

Wax is a by-product of the refining process. It is used to make candles, electrical insulation and waterproof coverings for food cartons.