Welcome to the second of our ‘What is…?’ series of articles, in which we describe
various aspects of the ADGAS world.
This week we’re looking at Paraffin, and Paraffinic Naphtha.
Paraffin is the group name given to a number of hydrocarbons with a similar chemical
structure. Paraffin is widely used as a wax, as part of petrol, cosmetics, as an
element in kerosene, and is the primary ingredient in petroleum jelly (Vaseline,
as one example).
Naphtha as a word has existed for more than two thousand years. Roughly translated
as ‘Petroleum’, naphtha is first recorded in Latin and is derived from a similar
Persian word. For ADGAS, naphtha refers to hydrocarbon mixtures we harvest from
the condensation created by the LNG freezing process.