Petroleum is used extensively in Modern day life. Petroleum provides fuel to run vehicles, cook food, heat homes and generate electricity. Apart from being used as a fuel petroleum has its applications in products that we utilize daily. Detergents used to clean dishes and wash clothes contain petrochemical glycerin a derivative of Petroleum. Plastics are made of Petrochemicals unless it is bioplastic. Wax used to make candles is a raw petroleum product. Cosmetics that contain oils, perfumes are petroleum derivatives. Petrochemical ethylene is used in photographic film. Gasoline is a common fuel used for transportation needs. Oil based paints and paint additives are produces from petrochemicals. Ammonia based fertilizers that are used in agriculture to make the land fertile is derived from natural gas. Rubber is derived from plant resins apart from that synthetic rubber is produced from petrochemicals which are used to make car tires, rubber soles on shoes. Petrochemical uses are in making synthetic fibers, Polyester, nylon, and acrylic are petrochemical derivatives. Oil used to fuel furnaces or boilers is a petroleum product called Heating oil. Heavy Oil is used to power ships. To prevent sparking, gumming, corrosion, and icing a petroleum product called jet fuel are used. Diesel, fuel used to run cars is extracted from crude oil upon distillation.
Last date updated on June, 2014