Facts about LPG

Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) is a naturally occurring by-product that is recovered during the extraction of natural gas from the earth (60%) and produced during the refining of crude oil (40%). It was first commercialised in the early 20th century (around 1912) and was for a long time wasted through venting or flaring (i.e. the burning off of unwanted gas).

As LPG is transported in a liquid form under light pressure, it is easily transported and adapted to both urban and very remote areas.

It has gradually become recognised as a modern fuel that is highly efficient, as well as healthier, cleaner and more environmentally friendly than many other commonly-used fuels.

A modern, efficient fuel:

  • Used correctly, LPG is a portable, convenient, clean, safe, accessible and efficient source of energy.
  • LPG produces none of the smoke and soot that can damage the lungs of families using charcoal or firewood.
  • LPG has no harmful effect on soil, water or underground aquifers.
  • LPG can be up to 5 times more efficient than traditional fuels.
Orryx LPG Road banner

A clean energy source:

  • LPG is one of the cleanest conventional fuels available.
  • LPG demonstrates lower GHG (Greenhouse Gas) emissions than coal, wood and electricity on an energy-equivalent basis.
  • LPG produces less air pollutants than diesel, oil, wood or coal.
  • Used appropriately, LPG can reduce the GHG emissions of a typical household by 25%.
Orryx LPG Road banner
LPG Facts

An exceptional energy:

To generate 180kWh of energy provided by every 13kg cylinder of LPG, you would need 25kg of coal or 91kg of firewood

What's more, LPG avoids the damaging health and environmental consequences caused by these other fuels.

Other interesting facts about LPG:

  • Because it is naturally colourless and odourless, a distinctive smell is added to indicate a leak, ensuring the safety of users.
  • LPG is used to power the Olympic flame.


Learn more about LPG:
World LPG Association
Cooking for life