Welcome to the Refinery Reference Desk.
Introduction to the Refinery Reference Desk
Expand your understanding of the downstream sector with this comprehensive resource, which explains industry terminology and concepts. To begin, search key terms using the search bar above or click a letter to browse alphabetically.
Use the quick links below to explore:
- What a refinery does
- Major refinery process units
- Crude oil grades and the qualities that drive their market values
- Major refined products, their uses, and how they are made
- A list of refining companies and their individual refineries
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