What are the stages which crude oil goes through between extraction and being given to the user?

I need to find out the specific processes and stages that crude oil goes through before it is given to the consumer, i already know how a fractional distillator works.

2 Responses to “What are the stages which crude oil goes through between extraction and being given to the user?”

  1. Amphibolite Says:

    Petroleum is pumped out of the ground and stored in tanks in the oil patch. It is then pumped into larger and larger pipes until it empties into storage tanks in a refinery. Petroleum is then pumped into a vacuum distillation unit and heated with super-heated steam to separate the various components: gases on top, straight-run gasolines in the upper, heavy-straight run gasolines in the middle, fuel oils in the lower and very long hydrocarbons (called bottoms) at the bottom. Various processes are applied to some of the streams, including alkalation and catalyst cracking to make the various end-products. Bottoms are pumped to an asphalt plant and turned into asphalt.

  2. Randal Says:

    The article on the referenced website is about the entire process of oil extraction, processing, refining and finally reaching the end consumer where you (as the end consumer) fills up your tanks and continue with your busy lives.

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    I hope this is helpful.