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Re: How many gallons of oil to make a gallon of gas?

Date: Fri Sep 29 10:49:59 2000
Posted By: David Kopaska-Merkel, Staff Hydrogeology Division, Geological Survey of Alabama
Area of science: Chemistry
ID: 969826401.Ch


I found the answer to your question on the web site of the American 
Petroleum Institute. Here is the URL and what they say:

What A Barrel Of Crude Oil Makes 

Product	Gallons per barrel 
gasoline	19.5 
distillate fuel oil	9.2 
(Includes both home heating oil and diesel fuel)	
kerosene-type jet fuel	4.1 
residual fuel oil 
(Heavy oils used as fuels in industry, marine transportation and for 
electric power generation)	2.3 
liquefied refinery gasses	1.9 
still gas	1.9 
coke	1.8 
asphalt and road oil	1.3 
petrochemical feedstocks	1.2 
lubricants	0.5 
kerosene	0.2 
other	0.3 
Figures are based on 1995 average yields for U.S. refineries. One barrel 
contains 42 gallons of crude oil. The total volume of products made is 2.2 
gallons greater than the original 42 gallons of crude oil. This 
represents "processing gain." 

This should be regarded as an average. Crude oils vary widely in their 
composition, and different oils will yields wildly differing amounts of 
the different products.

Hope this helps,
David Kopaska-Merkel
Geological Survey of Alabama
PO Box 869999
Tuscaloosa AL 35486-6999
(205) 349-2852
FAX (205) 349-2861

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