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What are petroleum products, and what is petroleum used for?

Petroleum products include transportation fuels, fuel oils for heating and electricity generation, asphalt and road oil, and feedstocks for making the chemicals, plastics, and synthetic materials that are in nearly everything we use. In 2018, of the approximately 7.5 billion barrels of total U.S. petroleum consumption, 46% was motor gasoline (includes fuel ethanol), 20% was distillate fuel (heating oil and diesel fuel), and 8% was jet fuel.

Learn more:
Petroleum products supplied by type (Table 3.5)
What is the difference between crude oil, petroleum products, and petroleum?
Energy Explained: Oil: Crude oil and petroleum products
U.S. Petroleum Product Supplied

Last updated: May 31, 2019


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