Liquid Hydrocarbons

Published: August 23, 2018 | Last updated: July 5, 2023

What Does Liquid Hydrocarbons Mean?

Liquid hydrocarbons are of fossil origin and are the unprocessed oily liquids extracted from natural gas. Hydrocarbons, in general, are any combination of hydrogen and carbon molecules. Liquid hydrocarbons appear as a gas when held at an atmospheric pressure of 14.7 pounds per square inch. At higher pressures, however, they appear as liquids.

Trenchlesspedia Explains Liquid Hydrocarbons

Most of the liquid hydrocarbons in the United States are the result of natural gas plant processing, where liquid hydrocarbons are extracted from natural gas. However, some liquid hydrocarbons occur naturally and present danger in drilling operations.

In addition to being found naturally, liquid hydrocarbons may also be produced as the fully or partly processed results of the refining of crude oil or may be from natural gas separation schemes, whether in the field or at a specialty refinery. Refiners blend them in with crude oil prior to catalytic cracking or even add them to refined petroleum products, such as lubricants, to enhance volume or to influence the viscosity of the product during transportation. Additionally, liquid hydrocarbons are used in fuels for heating and cooking, in transportation fuels and as additives in gasoline.

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