128.85 per barrel

Where Does That Oil Go?

A Look at What’s Inside a Barrel of Oil and What Products Come From It

So exactly what do oil companies do with that oil

that comes from the ground?

A barrel of oil contains 42 gallons of crude. During the refining process, additives increase the “refined yield” of the barrel. In the end, about 44 gallons of various products are produced from each barrel.

Here is a breakdown of what that oil creates:

22.6 gallons of gasoline  enough to drive 622 miles in the average American car

6.7 gallons of diesel  enough to drive 41.7 miles in a tractor-trailer

5.5 gallons of jet fuel  not enough to fly a fully loaded 747 one mile. You’ll get about 0.95 miles

2.4 gallons of “still gas,” a mixture of gas produced in refineries

2.2 gallons of “marketable coke,” a residue used in the production of aluminum anodes, furnace electrodes and liners and shaped graphite products

1.5 gallons of fuel oil, often used for heating or for fueling locomotives, ships and for power generation systems

1.2 gallons of liquefied gas, which is used in heating appliances and vehicles, and increasingly replacing chlorofluorocarbons as an aerosol propellant and a refrigerant

0.8 gallons of asphalt

0.4 gallons of lubricants, often placed in greases

0.7 gallons of other products

Real items made from the barrel:

4 pounds of charcoal briquettes

12 cylinders of propane

170 wax birthday candles

A quart of motor oil

Petrochemicals used in the productions of all kinds of pharmaceuticals, plastics, cosmetics and foodstuffs.