Fact #214: April 29, 2002
What Is Made from a Barrel of Oil?
Crude oil can be refined into a number of petroleum products. The amount of each product differs significantly between countries. In Europe, where diesel fuel use is prevalent, 36% of the refinery yield is diesel and only 20% is gasoline. In North America, only 23% of the refinery yield is diesel and 41% is gasoline. The OECD Pacific countries have a higher yield of kerosene than the other OECD regions.
Source: International Energy Agency, Monthly Oil Survey, January 2002.