Petrochemicals are chemical products derived from petroleum. Some chemical compounds made from petroleum are also obtained from other fossil fuels, such as coal or natural gas, or renewable sources such as corn or sugar cane. This article focuses on organic compounds that are not burned as fuel. Two petrochemical classes are olefins including ethylene and propylene, and aromatics including benzene, toluene, and xylene isomers.
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A host of new petrochemical and oil giants – including Chevron, Total, and Reliance – are joining the likes of Shell ...