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The Facts on Oil Sands

The Facts on Oil Sands | Uses

Energy Use

Canadians consume a lot of energy. We need it to stay warm, do our work and get from place to place.

Crude oil derived from the oil sands is sent to refineries across North America to make gasoline, diesel, aviation fuel and other consumer products.

Fuels


Gasoline

Gasoline is the fuel designed for spark-ignition internal combustion engines. It is commonly used in automobiles.

Diesel

Diesel is a fuel designed for engines commonly used in trucks, buses, locomotives and farm and heavy equipment. It contains more energy and power density than gasoline.

Aviation Fuels

Aviation fuels are specialized petroleum-based fuels used to power various types of aircraft. 

Products

Thousands of everyday products get their start from crude oil. Raw materials used to create items including ink, crayons, dishwashing liquids, deodorant, eyeglasses, CDs and DVDs, tires, ammonia, and heart valves are derived from feedstocks from crude oil.

Transportation accounts for 23% of the total energy that Canadians consume — second only in consumption to Canada’s industrial sector. That translates to 200 million litres of gasoline and diesel pumped into fuel tanks across the country on a daily basis just for mobility, without which our modern lifestyle would be impossible.