How big?

This morning a oil terminal outside of London blew up. The paper says the terminal handles “2.37 million metric tonnes of petrol and other oil products a year”.

How much is that? It’s about 19 million bbl/year (if I assume 8 barrels/ton (see here). or 51 thousand bbl/day. For comparison the Gulf of Mexico has about 500,000 barrels a day shutin right now. So it’s about a tenth the impact of that. That sounds big.

Let’s try another approach. The bottom of this page it says that on average a thousand people consume 31 barrels of oil/day, but scanning the table suggests that Britain probably consumes something more like 35 or 40. So, using the 31 bbl/day, that terminal handled the oil for 1.4 million people. London’s population is 7.4 million, England and Wales is 54 million.

I gather that this terminal had a pipeline to Heathrow airport, but I haven’t found how much fuel the airport consumes per day.

One thought on “How big?

  1. Pier

    How big? Big… We live nearly 30 km (20 mi) away from Hemel Hempstead and were woken up at 6 AM by the explosion… For a “kaboom” to be heard 30 kilometers away, with trees, bushes, hills, and one third of London’s finest victorian buildings in between, it’s got to be REALLY big…

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