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10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Oil and Gas Industry

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Stephen Robinson, Fircroft’s Account Manager based in Saudi Arabia, has over three years’ experience recruiting primarily for engineering roles.

When working in the oil and gas industry, most people are aware of the common factors and statistics; for example, Saudi Arabia, Russia and the USA are currently the largest producers of oil. However, there are a number of facts and figures many may not be aware of – take a look below, and let us know if you have any further information to add to the list.


  • There is a system of pipelines within the UKCS (United Kingdom Continental Shelf) which currently stands at 14,369 miles in length - the same distance as travelling from Texas to New Zealand and back.
  • The USA has over 200,000 miles of oil pipelines within its borders – the same distance as travelling around the world 8 times. 
  • The word "petroleum" literally translates as "rock oil." It derives from the Greek word "petra," meaning rock, and the Latin word "oleum," meaning oil. 
  • Crude oil is measured in barrels, each of which holds 159 litres. 
  • New York has the lowest energy consumption per-person of any state in the USA.
  • Crude oil varies in consistency from liquid to an almost solid state.
  • The legs of some of the largest oil rigs in the world, such as the Troll A Platform, are taller than the Empire State Building. 
  • Oil has been used by people for over 5,000 years, and was once used as medicine
  • Oil consumed in the USA through driving is almost two times the amount consumed by drivers in China and India combined.
  • Glycerin, a sweet-tasting synthetic element used in toothpaste, is a petrochemical derived from oil.

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