Feeding The World

Elements of oil and natural gas play a vital role in products and techniques that expand humankind’s access to vital nourishment.

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  • FERTILIZER

    Why Is It Important?

    Food production needs to double over the next thirty years to handle population growth. Thankfully, highly efficient fertilizers are making nutritious crops more plentiful than ever.

    WHAT IS IT EXACTLY?

    Fertilizer is a natural substance added to the soil or land to increase its fertility. It begins by separating hydrogen from natural gas. Hydrogen is then combined with nitrogen and converted into ammonia resulting in fertilizer production.

  • FOOD PRESERVATION

    What Is It?

    Propionic acid is a colorless, oily liquid that occurs naturally in dairy products and is a byproduct of human metabolism, and most commonly used in food preservatives. Both ethylene and carbonyl are obtained from oil and natural gas compounds and are used in the production of propionic acid.

    Why Is It Important?

    Hunger and malnutrition are the #1 risk to health worldwide. Food preservatives are keeping foods fresh longer and can aid in reducing famine.

  • WATER FILTRATION

    Why Is It Important?

    Humans require at least 20 to 50 liters of clean, safe water each day for drinking, cooking, and keeping themselves clean. Membrane separation processes operate without heating and therefore use less energy than conventional thermal separation processes such as distillation, sublimation or crystallization.

    What Is It?

    Membrane filtration systems provide a physical barrier that effectively removes solids, viruses, bacteria and other unwanted molecules. The plastic films used in these systems are made from ethane, a component of natural gas.

Protecting Life

Innovative products made with oil and natural gas components are making us safer, helping us overcome obstacles, and giving us the ability to dream without limits.

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  • NOMEX

    What Is It?

    Nomex is a fiber that is inherently flame resistant. When exposed to flame, Nomex swells and becomes thicker, forming a protective barrier between the heat source and the skin.

    Why Is It Important?

    Millions of firefighters, military and police personnel, auto racing teams and industrial workers rely on it to protect them from job hazards every day.

  • KEVLAR

    What Does it Do?

    Those whose jobs or activities require them to put their lives on the line rely on protective gear, and can’t afford to compromise. Kevlar ensures that helmets, bulletproof vests and even space suits stand up to the demands.

    What Is It?

    Kevlar is a synthetic fiber used in products that need to withstand a high level of impact or force. Using components from oil and natural gas, such as hydrogen and carbon, Kevlar allows for confidence on the job

  • NYLON

    What Is It?

    Nylon is a synthetic fabric that was developed in the 1930s as an alternative to silk. At the time, it played an important role in World War II and the industrial revolution.

    What Is Its Use?

    Today, nylon is still the second most used fiber in the nation, woven into thousands of products, from hosiery to airbags and much of our household cookware. Its toughness and pliability make it appealing for many uses.

Enhancing The World

Oil and natural gas are foundational to products and technologies that allow us to communicate, spread knowledge and cultivate relationships.

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  • COCHLEAR IMPLANTS

    Why Are They Important?

    People who are born deaf or experience hearing loss later in life can be given the gift of hearing again through this miraculous technology. And thanks to the silicone rubber protective coating, it’s safe on human skin.

    What Are They?

    This small electronic device replaces the inner ear’s natural function and provides much clearer sound than a typical hearing aid. Silicone, which utilizes components found in oil and natural gas, encases the electrode wires of the implant.

  • PROSTHETICS

    What Are They?

    Prosthetics, or artifical limbs, give those who have lost or who are born without a limb mobility and function that otherwise would not be possible. Plastics offer comfort and flexibility to those who wear them.

    What Do They Do?

    The technology of these devices has advanced greatly over the years, allowing thousands of athletes who have lost a limb the opportunity to continue competiting and offer far greater comfort and overall mobility in everyday situations.

  • ARTIFICIAL VALVES

    Why Are They Important?

    With more than five million Americans diagnosed with heart valve disease every year, the need for this technology is great – and thanks to modern plastics, production quality is better and more efficient than ever.

    What Is It?

    Life-saving heart valve technology offers hope and a better quality of life for patients with heart disease or heart arrhythmias by simulating the opening and closing of a heart valve.

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A barrel of crude yields more than just gasoline. The refining process creates chemicals used to make products that enhance and save lives.

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OUR GOOD FRIEND ETHYLENE

Ethylene — a byproduct of oil and natural gas — is used to make a wide variety of consumer products. It’s versatility makes it vital for food supplies and every day household items.