Frequently Asked Questions

What are the products and uses of petroleum?

Petroleum products include transportation fuels, fuel oils for heating and electricity generation, asphalt and road oil, and the feedstocks used to make chemicals, plastics, and synthetic materials found in nearly everything we use today. About 75% of the 6.79 billion barrels of petroleum that we used in 2012 were gasoline, heating oil/diesel fuel, and jet fuel

Petroleum products and their relative share of total U.S. petroleum consumption in 2012:

  • Gasoline 47%
  • Heating Oil/Diesel Fuel 20%
  • Jet Fuel (Kerosene) 8%
  • Propane/Propylene 6%
  • NGL & LRG1 6%
  • Still Gas 4%
  • Petrochemical Feedstocks 2%
  • Petroleum Coke 2%
  • Residual/Heavy Fuel Oil 2%
  • Asphalt and Road Oil 2%
  • Lubricants 1%
  • Miscellaneous Products 0.4%
  • Other Liquids 0.4%
  • Aviation Gasoline 0.1%
  • Special Naphthas 0.04%
  • Waxes 0.04%
  • Kerosene 0.02%

1 Natural Gas Liquids and Liquid Refinery Gases excluding Propane/Propylene.

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U.S. Petroleum Products Supplied.

Last updated: April 2, 2013


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