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Shell Gas (LPG)
At Shell Gas (LPG) we are passionate about energy and our customers. We pride ourselves in providing a cleaner burning fuel, and through our expertise and advanced technology, continually strive to deliver better, safer and more reliable ways to meet your energy needs.
LPG is very versatile and can be used both inside and outside your home, for heating, hot water, cooking and swimming pools.
LPG is the ideal fuel for cooking because it provides instant heat and you can control the temperature easily. It burns completely, without soot build-up, so your pans won’t need as much cleaning.
Heating and Hot Water
LPG can be used throughout your home for your central heating system, flame effect fire and hot water. With this versatility you’ll be able to relax in warmth and comfort even in the colder winter months.
In addition to hot water, gas fires, central heating and cooking, LPG from Shell can even be used outdoors for patio heaters, BBQ’s and to heat swimming pools.
Benefits of LPG
Cleaner-burning and reliable, LPG gives you ultimate control and flexibility to meet your specific needs.
Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) is a cleaner-burning fuel with high combustion efficiency which means it is less harmful to the environment and your health compared to most other conventional fossil fuels.
It produces very little CO2, has a low sulphur content and doesn’t produce any particles which can cause air pollution.
LPG is reliable, portable and flexible so it can be used for a wide range of applications. It provides instantly available heat and is easily controllable, so it’s the ideal alternative to mains gas.
LPG is a great fuel option for those living away from mains gas. Take a look at the table below to see how LPG from Shell compares to oil, electricity and solid fuel.
|LPG vs. Oil||LPG vs. Electricity||LPG vs. Solid Fuel|
|Lower appliance cost||No energy waste||Lower maintenance costs|
|Burns cleanly without soot||Heat is instantly available||Heat is instantly available|
|Appliances require less maintenance||Heat is instantly controlled||Heat is instantly controlled|
|Flame temperature easily controlled||More responsive for direct heating systems||More reliable in continuous use|
|Combustion is virtually odourless||Reduced carbon emissions make LPG cleaner for a given energy output||Burns cleanly without soot and ash|
|It's cleaner||There's more choice for domestic and commercial heating solutions||No day to day maintenance or manual labour|
|Appliances operate quietly||Ideally suited for cooking, flame effect fires, patio heaters and BBQs||There's more choice for domestic heating solutions|
|Convenient to deliver, store and use||It's more convenient to deliver store and use|
|No need for pump or liquid head||Ideally suited for cooking, flame effect fires, patio heaters and BBQs|
|No containment area generally required around the vessel|
|LPG produces very low sulphur emissions|
|Ideally suited for cooking, flame effect fires, patio heaters and BBQs|
Shell Gas (LPG) is part of an international organisation renowned for excellence in the production of fuels as well as global distribution. We are one of the leading suppliers of LPG, using global expertise to offer our customers professional, local solutions.
Safety is of paramount importance in all our operations. Shell Gas (LPG) installs tanks and supplies its products in full compliance with local health & safety regulations.
We have a team of experienced LPG experts who can provide you with all the essential information and support you need.
No worries, no hassle - our approach. Everyday we make important decisions that can have a huge impact on our daily lives. At Shell Gas (LPG) we can make your life easier by giving you at least one less thing to worry about.
If you live beyond the reach of mains gas, we can help you make the right fuel choice for your home or business.
Discover more about LPG
The Nature of LPG
LPG has been formed over millions of years beneath the ground. Gas rigs produce the gases as a mixture, which is then separated into methane (mains gas), liquefied petroleum gases (Propane and Butane) and other gases.
LPG is also produced from crude oil at refineries.
LPG exists as a gas at normal atmospheric pressure, only existing in a liquid form at very low temperatures or under pressure. When the pressure is released (eg when the gas supply valve is turned on), the liquid will boil and form a vapour. It is this vapour (gas), which is used to fuel appliances.
Heat is needed to convert the liquid to gas, known as the latent heat of vapourisation. As the liquid boils, it takes heat energy from itself and its surroundings. This is why the containers feel cold to the touch and if there is heavy gas off take, frost may appear on the outside.
Pressure increases with temperature, so if the temperature around the tank increases, so will the pressure inside the tank as the liquid expands. Tanks are normally fitted with a pressure release valve to release any extreme pressure build up safely.
Properties of LPG
LPG vapour is heavier than air, which has important safety implications. Any leakage will sink to the ground and accumulate in low lying areas and may be difficult to disperse, so LPG should never be stored or used in cellars or basements.
Like mains gas, LPG has no smell and so a strong "stanching" agent is added before delivery to help detection of any leaks. LPG is flammable in air and although non-toxic, large quantities could cause suffocation.
LPG is a high performance fuel, but will only ignite if mixed with air in a gas:air ratio of between 1:50 and 1:10 (lower than the limit for mains gas). The low limit for flammability means that even small leaks could have serious results.
The ignition temperature of LPG in air is around 500ºC – lower than that of mains gas but actually requiring more energy to cause ignition. This means that some gas lighters may not work with LPG.
The calorific value of LPG is about 2.5 times higher than that of mains gas so more heat is produced from the same volume of gas.
LPG is chemically reactive and will cause natural rubber and some plastics to deteriorate. Only equipment and fittings specifically designed for LPG should be used.
Propane and Butane
There are two types of LPG - Propane and Butane. They have similar properties but different applications. They are not interchangeable due to the different operating pressures and burner settings required. Valves and fittings are also different to avoid confusion or accidental use of the wrong type of LPG.
Propane has a lower boiling point than butane so it will continue to convert from a liquid to a gas even in very cold conditions, down to -45ºC. When stored as a liquid in a tank, it exerts a greater pressure than Butane at the same temperature. So Propane, as an LPG, is most suitable for exterior storage and use.
Its ability to operate in low temperatures makes it the most suitable LPG for many applications. Propane is widely used as a fuel source for domestic and commercial heating, hot water and cooking. It also has a wide range of uses in industry and agriculture.
Butane has the lower vapour pressure at equivalent temperatures and is suitable for interior use or outside during the summer. Butane is a very common fuel amongst leisure users and owners of portable heaters. Propane and butane are normally stored in either portable steel cylinders or small bulk fixed storage tanks ready for use.
Find out how to make your home more energy efficient by following some of the useful hints and tips.
- Reduce the temperature of your thermostat one hour before sleep/departure
- Reduce the temperature during the day by one degree
- General area’s like the hall, staircases, empty rooms and storing spaces do not need to be heated or at least should be at a lower temperature
- If your house has no double-glazing, heat will be lost through the windows. Therefore at least close the curtains during the evening to keep the energy inside
- Keep the doors closed and use weather strips to prevent draughts
- Maintain your heating system and boiler regularly. Incorrect settings will reduce its efficiency: check its manual regarding maintenance
- Put silver foil behind radiators to reflect the heat back into the room
- If you have a loft space, make sure it is insulated
- Ventilation is a must, however too much will result in unnecessary loss of energy
- A gas cooker/furnace is the lowest energy consuming tool for cooking. The flames ensure a direct warming of your pans. Therefore you will control the cooking process in the best way. Do not forget: Top chefs always cook on gas
- Cook as much as possible with a lid. Cooking without a lid consumes three times more energy
- Use as little water as possible during cooking. Because what you do not use, you do not need to heat up. You will save energy
- Heating water with LPG will use almost half of the energy vs. heating with electricity
- Install a water saving showerhead. It consumes up to 40% less water and energy vs. an ordinary showerhead, whereas the same comfort remains
- Pay attention where you install your water heating devices. The best is as close as possible to the point where you use the water and use as thin as possible piping to ensure fast delivery of warm water without wasting too much cold water
- Do not forget to insulate warm-water pipes that pass unheated area’s and do not forget crawl spaces and cellars
- Switch your electrical equipment off completely when you do not use them (TV, video, HiFi, PC, etc.). Avoid using the stand-by mode
- Unplug your charging devices when not used (Mp3, GSM, etc.)
- Use energy saving light bulbs
- Switch off any unused lights
- Make sure your dishwasher is always full before putting it on
- If you use a washing machine for your laundry – turn it to 40 degrees rather than 60