The oil refinery process takes an enormous amount of energy to run. Just as a papermill takes the pulp from trees and turns it into paper, a refinery takes crude oil and turns it into other useful forms of energy like gasoline.
In order to construct a typical refinery, billions of dollars are required to build the structure and millions more are required to maintain it on a monthly basis. Roughly half (43%) of a refinery’s operating costs are dedicated to energy. This may seem high, but refineries use 30% LESS energy than they did in the 1970’s.
Refineries run 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and can stretch as long as several hundred football fields. In fact, refinery workers will often ride bicycles to get from one end of the complex to the other.
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