Petrochemicals are the chemical products obtained from petroleum by refining.

Some chemical compounds made from petroleum are also obtained from other fossil fuels, such natural gas, coal or renewable sources such as sugar cane, maize or palm fruit.

The two most common petrochemical classes are aromatics and olefins.

Oil refineries produce olefins and aromatics by fluid catalytic cracking of petroleum fractions

Aromatics are produced by catalytic reforming of naphtha.

Chemical plants produce olefins by steam cracking of natural gas liquids like propane and ethane…

Aromatics and olefins are the building blocks for a wide range of materials such as adhesives, detergents, solvents and.

Olefins are the basis for oligomers and polymers used in resins, fibers, plastics, lubricants, elastomers, and gels.

Primary petrochemicals are divided into three groups their chemical structure:

Olefins includes propene, ethane, butadiene and butanes.

Propylene and ethylene are important sources of plastics products and industrial chemicals.

Butadiene is used in making synthetic rubber.

Aromatics includes xylenes, toluene and benzene

As a whole referred to primarily obtained and as BTX from petroleum refineries by extraction from the reformate produced in catalytic.

Reformers using naphtha obtained from petroleum refineries.

BTX can be produced by aromatization of alkanes.

Benzene is a raw material for dyes and synthetic detergents

Benzene and toluene for isocyanates TDI and MDI used in making polyurethanes.

Ammonia is used to make the fertilizer urea. Synthesis gas is a hydrogen and mixture of carbon monoxide used to make ammonia and methanol.

Manufacturers use xylenes to synthetic fibers and produce plastics.

Methanol is used as a chemical intermediate and solvent.

Steam crackers aren’t be confused with steam reforming plants used to produce ammonia and hydrogen.

Ethane, methane, propane and butanes obtained primarily from natural gas processing plants.

Questions about petrochemicals

What is meant by Petro chemicals?

A petrochemical is any chemical manufactured from natural gas and crude oil as distinct from other products, fuels.

Crude oil and natural gas used for a variety of commercial purposes.

The definition has been broadened to include the whole range of organic chemicals.

What are examples petrochemicals?

  • Plastics
  • Soaps and detergents
  • Solvents
  • Drugs
  • Fertilizers
  • Pesticides
  • Explosives
  • Synthetic fibers and rubbers
  • Paints
  • Epoxy resins
  • Flooring and insulating materials

Is diesel a petrochemical?


Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)




Jet fuels

Note that a refinery produces other valuable products such as lubricants, plastic materials, greases, waxes and asphalts.

Are petrochemicals harmful?

Exposure to petrochemicals may take place in different ways.

They may be absorbed through the skin or might be ingested.

They can affect human life by accumulating in tissues organs, birth defects, cause brain, nerve, liver damage asthma, cancer, and hormonal disorders.

What petrochemicals are in food?

Including wraps, Plastic, as well as Styrofoam and PVC is used to package food all contain petrochemicals.

Is petrochemical oil and gas?

The vast majority of petrochemicals are derived from oil or natural gas.

Is petrochemicals good for the environment?

Petrochemical production contributes to air pollution soil pollution and water pollution. This can impact smaller systems, such as individual ecosystems, but also has repercussions on a global scale as well.

How are petrochemicals used at home?

We use daily are made of petrochemicals.

Petrochemical products include rubbers, resins, synthetic fibers, plastics, dyes, adhesives, detergents, pesticides, petroleum derived paints and coatings.

How are petrochemicals made?

Petrochemicals are derived from various chemical compounds and mainly from hydrocarbons. These hydrocarbons are derived from natural gas and crude oil.

The various fractions produced by distillation of crude petroleum gases, kerosene, naphtha, oil, and gas oil are the main feed stocks for petrochemical industry.