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Definition: Bitumen (Code 3283)


Bitumen is a solid, semi-solid or viscous hydrocarbon with a colloidal structure, being brown to black in colour, obtained as a residue in the distillation of crude oil, by vacuum distillation of oil residues from atmospheric distillation. Bitumen is often referred to as asphalt and is primarily used for construction of roads and for roofing material. Fluidised and cut back bitumen are also included.
Regulation (EC) No 1099/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2008 on energy statistics, Eurostat Product Classification And Joint International Energy Agency/Eurostat/United Nations Economic Commission For Europe Oil Annual Questionnaire (OilAQ)