Fuel & Oil Products
Learn more about the industry's fuel & oil products below
- Utility 6 Oil
- Utility 2 Oil
- Bunker Fuel
- Industrial Fuel
- Crude Oil
- Distillate Blendstocks
- Gasoline Blendstocks
Utility 6 Oil consists of any liquid petroleum product that is burned in a furnace or boiler for the generation of power. It is often used as a backup fuel for peaking power plants or used in the boiler lighting up facility, in many coal-fired power plants. The term #6 Fuel Oil is also used to refer only to the heaviest commercial fuel that can be obtained from crude oil and is heavier than diesel and gasoline. This fuel usually requires preheating to 120 – 160 °F.
Utility 2 Oil, consists of any distillate petroleum product that is burned in a furnace or boiler for the generation of power. Diesel is a type of #2 Fuel Oil; this fuel does not require preheating.
Bunker Fuel is the gasoline of the oceans. This fuel requires preheating, it is a #6 fuel oil, and it is much heavier than gasoline or diesel. Bunker fuel is blended to various grades; but in general, bunker fuel can be any petroleum fuel product that powers the engine of a ship.
Industrial Fuels, is any liquid petroleum, aromatic or used lube oil that is burned in a furnace or boiler for the generation of power or heat. Industrial Fuel is often used in asphalt plants and paper mills.
Crude Oil is a mixture of hydrocarbons that exists in liquid phase in natural underground reservoirs and remains liquid at atmospheric pressure after passing through surface-separating facilities. Crude oil is refined to produce a wide array of petroleum products, including heating oil, gasoline, diesel and jet fuels; lubricants; asphalt; ethane, propane, butane, perfume, rubber and plastics; and many other products used for their energy or chemical content.
Distillate Blendstocks include any petroleum middle distillate such as kerosene or diesel used for blending into a finished motor diesel fuel or an on spec #2 Fuel Oil for heat or power generation.
Gasoline Blendstocks consist of any naphtha (e.g. straight-run gasoline, alkylate, reformate, benzene, toluene, xylene), butane or pentanes used for blending or compounding into finished motor gasoline.