What is LPG?
Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is a by-product of natural gas extraction and crude oil refining. It is also commonly referred to as propane or butane.
What is LPG used for?
LPG has thousands of applications, it is commonly used for heating, refrigeration and cooking purposes and is widely used throughout the transportation, farming, manufacturing and leisure industries.
What are the benefits of LPG?
LPG is superior to more common sources of fuel due to the security of supply LPG ensures and the fact that it produces lower greenhouse emissions than traditional sources such as diesel, petrol and electricity.
How efficient is LPG?
As a fuel source with a higher calorific value unit than other fuel sources it means that an LPG flame burns hotter and more efficiently.
How do I switch LPG suppliers?
Switching LPG suppliers has never been easier, simply contact one of our specialists today to discuss moving suppliers.
LPG Tank Storage:
An LPG tank should be sited a minimum distance of 7.5 metres between the tank and any building, boundary line or fixed source of ignition. If you are unsure about this please check with your supplier as they will know what distance it should be depending on your tank size.
There should not be any water drains or gullies near the tank unless a water trap is included so as to prevent gas entering the drains. This is due to the fact that LPG is heavier than air and if a leak were to develop from the tank, its controls and/or pipework or when it is being filled, then the vapour could accumulate in the un-trapped drain or gully. Ignition of these vapours could then result in a fire or explosion.
The tank should not be painted any colour other than the one in which it was supplied.
Due to the risks of leaks there should be plenty of room around the tank to ensure a good air flow so that pockets of heavier-than-air LPG cannot develop. Rubbish should also not be allowed to build up around the tank, similarly weeds and grass should not be allowed to build up around the tank however if you use weed killer to remove then then you should use a weed killer which isn’t chlorate-based.
If you have a bulk storage LPG tank then there should be a dedicated flat parking are for the delivery tanker. It is the LPG supplier’s duty to ensure that the driver cannot drive away with the supply hose still connected to the tank and that there is no chance of an electrical spark being generated from static electricity or other means. LPG suppliers should ensure that their drivers are correctly trained and have suitable guidelines to follow.
No one should smoke, use electrical equipment or park vehicles near the LPG tank. Signs to say as much should be clearly displayed and maintained. Sources of ignition should not be allowed anywhere in the vicinity of the tank. Four tanks that store four tonne and upwards a security fence should be installed. Tank valve covers should always be kept locked regardless of fence installation or not.
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