Daikataro Posted October 10, 2017 Share Posted October 10, 2017 So, title pretty self-explainatory, would like to hear your thoughts about the topic of oil refineries requiring constant dupe attention, to turn crude oil into petroleum. I don't think they should require any manpower at all, or at least, just very ocassional visits because: -Everything else in the refining tab is fire and forget, and does basically the same, turning a raw/waste product into a more useful one. The only excemption would be compost, which requires very eventual turning, but is an entry-level building to compensate -It doesn't make much sense for dupes to be tending to a building that is basically just performing a simple, repetitive task -The output is pretty pale, and multiple refineries are required to mantain a steady supply of petroleum. Four refineries in my base are barely able to provide for one petroleum generator and two plastic presses, without any excess storage. If petroleum is intended to be more than just a gimmick, and actually used as a serious power source, or building material, I think mass production of it should not require dupes running the refineries 24/7 just to have enough to run a simple generator, whose power mostly goes to running the refineries in the first place. Petroleum generator already has an absurdly high entry fee as it is, being top-tier technology, and requiring plastic, which by itself is already hard enough to obtain, so it should be the type of tech that is hard to get to, but very sustainable and convenient once achieved. Right now, I see zero benefit from switching to petroleum, as opposed to just using my natural gas and hydrogen generated from electrolyzers, and maybe if I need more natural gas just setting up a fertilizer farm for the natural gas and maybe hatch poop. I would even go as far as thinking, that four dupes running on hamster wheels generate more power than what is gained from four bodies operating a refinery each, and burning the petroleum; could be wrong, but even if so, I wouldn't think the benefit is very high, since the benefit of high tech power solutions, is supposed to be the decreased need of manpower. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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