Developments: Petroleum unplugged

Developments: Petroleum unplugged

What would happen to oil if every vehicle switched to electric?

While transportation accounts for most of the world’s refined petroleum, many everyday products are manufactured with this ubiquitous substance. So even if every car on the planet switched to electric, we’d still need petroleum. You might want to remember that the next time you brush your teeth

1.5
Average volume of refined petroleum products generated by Canada’s 18 refineries
from 2016–18, measured by thousand barrels per day (MBPD)

What’s in a barrel?

Products produced by Canadian refineries (2016–18)

  • 35.6% Gasoline
  • 25.9% Diesel fuel
  • 16.6% Petrochemical feedstocks (butane, naptha, condensate, natural gas, propane, ethane)
  • 7.2% Light fuel oil
  • 6.8% Heavy fuel oil
  • 3.9% Aviation fuel
  • 3.9% Asphalt
About that gas

Products whose manufacture depended on Canadian petrochemical feedstocks in 2016-18:

  • industrial
  • chemicals
  • paints and coatings
  • synthetic rubber
  • explosives
  • resins
  • foams
  • dyes
  • adhesives
  • plastics
  • synthetic fibres
  • detergents
Where you least expect it

Canadian crude oil is used to manufacture a number of common household items. Such as? Read on…

  • appliances
  • electronics
  • furniture
  • dishwashing soap
  • toothbrushes
  • dustpans
  • drinking cups
  • shower curtains
  • window blinds
  • disposable pens

Sources: Visual Capitalist, 2016 (www.visualcapitalist.com); JWN Energy Oil & Gas News, 2016
(www.jwenergy.com); Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, 2017 (www.capp.ca); U.S. Energy Information Administration, 2016-18 (www.eia.gov); National Energy Board, 2019 (www.neb-one.gc.ca)

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