Comparative Analysis of the Physicochemical Properties of Gasoline Produced from locally made Refinery in the Niger Delta Creeks and Government Owned Petroleum Refining Company in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria
This study investigates some physicochemical properties of gasoline obtained from a locally-made refinery prevalent in the Niger Delta region and compares its properties with a government owned public refinery. The results showed that, copper corrosion values ranged from class 1a to class 1b (slightly tarnish), specific gravity ranged from 0.76 to 0.77, Reid Vapor Pressure ranged from 0.37 psi to 0.41 psi while Atmospheric distillation ranged from 203 °C to 212 °C. The data of this investigation reveal that most of the products are within the standard and fit for usage. Regardless of the tremendous result obtained from the aforementioned analysis, a performance test was carried out on the samples by using it to power a one stroke internal combustion engine: it was observed that the locally (illegally) produced gasoline burns at a pressure lower than the referenced sample, this is because, the locally produced gasoline contains slight traces of kerosene.