U.S. refineries increasing distillate yields

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has announced that in October 2011, the refinery field of distillate fuels, which includes diesel fuel and heating oil, hit 29.7 percent. This ties the previous record that was set in December 2008.

Distillate yields have followed their upward trend since 2001, before reaching their peak in 2008. Yields were on an upward trend again in 2011. The recent growth in distillate yield is attributed to much higher price margins over the cost of crude oil for distillate compared to gasoline.

The higher yield is also due to growing distillate exports, which hit a record of 1,067 thousand barrels per day in October 2011. The average U.S. refinery has about 1.5 times as much gasoline as distillate from each barrel of refined.

Employers in the oil and gas well drilling industry must follow standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in order to minimize worker exposure to hazards. These guidelines include the use of safety products, including respiratory protection, head protection, and eye and face protection such as safety glasses.

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