Gas Oil, What is it and what does it do?

Are you wondering what gas oil is and what it exactly does?

Well, you needn’t ponder about this any longer. Our aim today is to teach you all about gas oil. We will learn you about where it comes from, what exactly it is, who and what appliances use gas oil.

Where does gas oil come from?

Gas oil comes from crude oil then depending on the way that the crude oil is distilled depends on which fuel is made. Please see the illustration below for a more detailed view of how gas oil and different fuels are made from crude oil.

how gas oil is made from crude oil

Now that we have learnt how gas oil is made from crude oil, let’s learn exactly what it is:

What is gas oil?

Gas oil is the same as normal road diesel but with one difference. Gas oil has been given a red marker dye this is so VOSA or the Police can easily trace the fuel if being misused. By this, we mean: Gas oil pays a much lower tax than the diesel you buy at the petrol station. Gas oil is intended to be used in construction, farming, heating and not in vehicles that use public roads. If you did this would end up with possibly going to prison and or getting a very hefty fine.

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Now we know where gas oil comes from, what it is now it’s time to learn who uses it.

Who & what uses gas oil?

This can be a pretty difficult question to answer as it can be pretty endless, so we will just answer who and what are the main users of gas oil, and hopefully, you will be able to understand who else could use gas oil.

One of the main users of gas oil is the construction sector, with excavators, generators, cranes, dumper trucks and lots of other machines & vehicle in construction sector you can get an idea of how much fuel the typical construction site will use.

Another sector is farming. With farmers using many different machines and vehicles on a farm, that will mostly be powered by gas oil. Don’t just think tractors and combine harvesters; farmers also have grain dryers and heaters.

Another sector which you might not normally think of it the smelting industry, they use gas oil to power their furnaces which melt the metals. These need lots fo fuel to get the heat up to temperatures to melt the metals.

One more sector which doesn’t usually spring to mind is data centres. These need fuel for their backup generators in case the power fails then the generators need to start so websites etc. don’t just turn off!

To recap we have learnt:

  • Where does gas oil come from
  • What is gas oil
  • Who uses gas oil
  • What appliances use gas oil

Hopefully, this page has helped you learn more about gas oil and has answered the questions you may have had. If you would like to learn a little more then why not give us a quick call on 0845 271 7007 or visit HMRC website who will be able to help.

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