The leading fossil fuels that global economies depend on are coal, oil, and natural gas. These are naturally-occurring hydrocarbons that contain substantial amounts of hydrogen molecules and carbon. They form over millions of years as plants, animals, and other organic matter decomposes anaerobically under high pressure and temperature.

The greatest attribute of fossil fuels is combustion. This is why oil and gas companies invest generously in drilling rig instrumentation. The economic prospects of exploiting fossil fuels have expanded with development in oilfield technology and improved extraction equipment.

They’re used to power engines in industries and used as a heat source because of their calorific value.

Here are some of the most common uses of fossil fuels today.


Fossil fuels have expanded transportation options for businesses and urban dwellers. This has been the pinnacle of urban development and commercial growth.

Naturally-occurring fuels are used for road transport, rail transport, air transport, or even water transport. It can combust to produce enormous amounts of heat and, therefore, are useful to power engines of vehicles of all sizes.

Fossil fuel can be categorized into different kinds of fuels for transportation. There’s the gasoline that’s made from crude oil and is used to fuel cars. Then there’s diesel, which is refined from crude petroleum. These fuels are used in different kinds of vehicles—gasoline is used to fuel car engines, whereas diesel is used to power larger transportation, such as trucks and trains.

Power Plants

Coal is commonly used in thermal power plants to generate electricity. Along with that, we also use natural gas and oil to heat water and generate steam. The steam puts pressure on the turbines to spin, which operates electrical generators. Since fossil fuels have a high caloric value, a small amount can run a power plant for a considerable period.

Electrical generators are now commonly used in homes and offices as well. They source power from fossil fuels such as oil or natural gas and operate on the same mechanism.

Domestic Needs

Homemakers are familiar with cooking gas, which is the source of all freshly cooked food in homes. Cooking gas is Propane—the lightest component of petroleum gas used as fuel in domestic kitchens.

Natural gas is also used during the winter months, especially in Canada, to keep your living space warm. It fuels has heaters, which then produce and circulate heat throughout the house. Alternatively, the cooling systems also depend on fossil fuels for energy.  

All industries owe their energy resources to the oil and gas companies exploiting fossil fuel reserves to extract crude oil and natural gas.

For that, they require oilfield drilling equipment. We’re a leading manufacturer of OEM instrumentation in Canada with a production facility in Leduc, Alberta. We supply drilling equipment such as mud pressure gauges, custom cables, or clipper weight indicators for Canadian and American oil companies at affordable rates.

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