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LPG: Characteristics, Benefits, and Safety Standards

Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) is also commonly known as LP Gas or LPG. It has two principal components – butane and propane compounds.

There are two sources for LPG. It can be extracted either from underground crude oil stream or natural gas or obtained from crude oil refining. It is modern and clean energy fuel and widely used as a source of energy by thousands and millions of people globally. In rural and urban areas, people widely use gas for different applications like cooking, power generation, automotive fuel, agriculture, refrigeration, construction and civil engineering, industrial, transportation, and outdoors. It is also fast replacing other energy fuel sources like charcoals, firewood, wastes, and kerosene oil for cooking.

The sufficient reserve of LP Gas and its benefits over other energy fuels has also made it cost effective and widely used fuel in domestic, commercial, transportation, agricultural, and industrial sectors. The World LP Gas Association and Argus report informs that in 2013, the total production of LPG was 280 million tons and uses 265 million tons.

There are certain properties of LPG that make it efficient and superior to other energy fuels.

  1. It is clean and efficient energy fuel and emits no smoke, black carbon, low levels of carbon monoxide and greenhouse gases.
  2. It is odourless and colorless natural flammable gas, but Ethylmercaptane compound is added to it check and detection of leaks.
  3. It is highly flexible and portable and easy to transport in tanks and cylinders, and store.
  4. It is a nearly twice heavier than air that makes it flow into low-lying areas, corners, and drains before it is vaporized.
  5. It is non-toxic.
  6. In spark ignition engines, LPG is the best substitute for petrol due to reduced exhaust emissions and clean burning properties. It also gives spark plug life, properly tuned the engine, and extended lubricant.
  7. When cooking, it does not leave black soot at the bottom of a vessel.

However, the use of LPG is also dangerous because unsafe handling may cause gas leakage and explosion that may burn or kill a person, set the house on fire, or damage property. Hence, it is advisable that consumers must use Gas Delivery Singapore prescribed safety standards as a precaution to gas-related accidents. These safety checklists are essential to protect you and your home from gas leakage fire and explosion.