How many barrels of crude oil in one MT?
by Fernando A. Benavides on 07/14/03 at 08:44:17

Please help:

I know that the excat number depends on the grade of crude, however -on average- how many barrels make one metric ton?

Thanks

Re: How many barrels of crude oil in one MT?
by Robert Fogt on 07/14/03 at 21:27:32

Petroleum has a specific gravity of 0.88 which means 1 liter weighs 0.88 kilograms.

From the volume page we know that: 1 barrel [US, petroleum] = 158.9872972 liter

So 1 barrel weighs: 158.9872972 * 0.88 = 139.908821536 kilograms

1 metric ton is 1000 kilograms: 139.908821536 / 1000 = 7.1475121

So there are a little over 7 barrels of petroleum in a metric ton.

This is assuming that 0.88 is the correct specific gravity. Since as you said, the grade of the oil may make a difference. If you know the exact specific gravity of the oil in question, you will get more accurate results.