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Oil refinery storage tank at dusk. This tank contains intermediate products obtained from the refining and processing of crude oil. This tank keeps these intermediate products warm and liquid until they are ready to be further refined or used in chemical manufacturing processes. Products that are obtained from crude oil include bitumen, fuel oil, lubricating oils, diesel, jet fuel, petrol, and petroleum gases. Oil refining is often closely integrated with chemical manufacturing, which uses a lot of oil products to make materials such as plastics. Photographed at ExxonMobil's Fawley Oil Refinery and Chemical Plant, Hampshire, UK, one of the largest petrochemical plants in Europe, and the largest oil refinery in the UK.
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