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7 Things You Didn’t Know About LPG

While you may know some of these facts, chances are you don’t know all of them…

The 7 Things

1. Real LPG Explosions are Really Rare

2. Simulated Natural Gas from LPG

3. The Source of LPG

Things to think about

4. Australian Made Energy

5. LPG is a Renewable Energy Source

6. LPG is NOT Coal Seam Gas (CSG)

7. LPG Bloggers (the Best Bit)

1. LPG Cylinder Explosions are Extremely Rare + Video

Propane tank peril courtesy of Myth BustersHollywood and the media would have you believe that LPG cylinder explosions are a common event. 

In fact, explosions are quite rare and it is quite difficult to even intentionally make an LPG cylinder explode. 

You’ll enjoy watching this Myth Busters Video where they try to make a cylinder explode.

Gas explosions are typically the result of gas leaking into a confined space, like a kitchen. 

This is no more likely with LPG than with piped natural gas. 

In many cases, the gas bottle itself is not even involved in the event, as gas bottles are always stored outdoors.

2. Simulated Natural Gas from LPG

Large Synthetic Natural Gas facilityMost people have never even heard of Simulated Natural Gas (SNG) let alone know that it can be made with LPG. 

SNG is produced by mixing vapourised LPG with air.

SNG can be used in place of natural gas, as it has virtually identical combustion characteristics. 

It can be used alone or mixed with regular natural gas. 

No changes are required in burners, regulators or gas jets.

There are a number of reasons that SNG might be used:

  • To help meet peak demand when natural gas supplies are inadequate

  • To operate while in preparation for the start-up of a natural gas supply

  • As a stand-by in the event of a natural gas supply disruption

Simulated natural gas has a number of names.  In addition to SNG, it is also called propane-air and LPG-air.

Image courtesy of TransTech.

3. The Source of LPG

LPG from natural gas streamMany people mistakenly think of LPG as a by-product. 

In reality, LPG is a valuable co-product that is produced from gas fields and crude oil refining.

The gas stream from natural gas fields is processed to separate the gases present, including methane, ethane, propane, butane, isobutane and pentanes. 

Impurities are also removed, including water.

The produced gases are each funnelled into their own supply streams. 

Propane and butane, the two common types of LPG, are captured and stored in their liquefied form.

The same is true of crude oil refining. 

The refinery process creates any number of co-products including gasoline, diesel fuel, asphalt base, heating oil, naphtha, kerosene and LPG.

4. LPG is Australian Made Energy

LPG is Australian madeLPG is the only motor fuel in which Australia is self-reliant. 

Unlike both petrol and diesel, for which Australia relies on imports, we actually produce more LPG than we consume.

Not only is Australia completely self-sufficient in LPG but it is also a net exporter of LPG. 

In 2013, Australia produced 2.3 Million tonnes of LPG, satisfying a local demand of 1.5 million tonnes with net exports of 815,000 tonnes.

5. LPG is now a Renewable Energy Source

LPG is now a renewable energy source

LPG has gone from being a traditional fossil fuel to a new form of renewable energy. 

Scientists have created a genetically engineered version of the common E. coli bacteria that produces propane (LPG). 

So, LPG is now a renewable energy.

The bacteria consume sugar and are tricked, through genetic modification and the help of a couple of enzymes, into making propane instead of their normal cellular material. 

The propane produced is chemically identical to regular propane. 

6. LPG is NOT Coal Seam Gas (CSG)

There is some confusion over what Coal Seam Gas (CSG) is and what it is not.  CSG is not LPG.

While CSG may contain a number of gases, it is characteristically 95% to 97% pure Methane. 

LPG is not Methane.  LPG is Propane.

7. LPG Bloggers are Exceptional People

wink and a smile

LPG bloggers are a rare breed. 

There aren’t very many of us in the world, which makes us all the more exceptional.

We love sharing information about our favourite gas – LPG. 

This makes perfect sense because LPG is Exceptional Energy.

Most of all, we’re very humble and modest people, too!

 

 
 

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 The information in this article is derived from various sources and is believed to be correct at the time of publication. However, the information may not be error free & may not be applicable in all circumstances.