Overview of Refined Bitumen
Bitumen is an Oil Based substance. It is a Semi-Solid Hydrocarbon Product produced by removing the Lighter Fractions (such as Liquid Petroleum Gas, Petrol and Diesel) from Heavy Crude Oil during the Refining process. As such, it is correctly known as Refined Bitumen.
The vast majority of Refined Bitumen is used in Construction: primarily as a constituent of products used in paving and roofing applications. According to the requirements of the end use Bitumen is produced to specification. This is achieved either by refining process or blending.
It is estimated that the current world use of Bitumen is approximately 102 million tons per year. Approximately 85% of all the Bitumen produced is used as the Binder in Asphalt for roads. It is also used in other paved areas such as Airport Runways, Car Parks and Footways.