Which fossil fuel is refined to produce gasoline?


Gasoline is produced by refining petroleum.

An oil refinery, also known as a petroleum refinery, is a production plant that converts crude oil into goods like LPG, gasoline, kerosene, diesel fuel, kerosene, jet fuel, and fuel oils.

End-product of refining

There are four types of primary end-products formed in petroleum refining: light distillates, middle distillates, heavy distillates, and others.

Heavy distillates

  • Wax
  • Asphalt
  • Heavy fuel oils
  • Lubricating oils

Light distillates

  • Light naphtha
  • Gasoline or petrol
  • Liquified petroleum gas
  • Heavy naphtha
  • C1 and C2 components

Middle distillates

  • Residential heating fuel
  • Automotive and rail-road diesel fuels
  • Kerosene
  • Other light fuel oils


  • Coke which is similar to coal
  • Elemental sulfur

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