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How Is Propane Made?

How Is Propane Made?

Written on: June 17, 2024

Propane Is Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG)

propane georgia Over the years, the propane industry, in partnership with the businesses and scientific communities, has worked diligently to make propane the practical fuel source it stands for today. The process of making propane has evolved over the last century or so. Today, there are two primary ways propane is produced, but that is evolving too, thanks to the advent of renewable propane.

Because propane is created through the processing of natural gas and crude oil, it is a fuel that is largely a domestic product. About 90% of the American propane supply is generated right here in the United States. That abundant, right-at-home supply in your propane tank makes propane a reliable fuel choice for your Georgia home or business, and all its potential appliances and equipment, throughout the year.

Going back to its two main sources, some propane is created via crude oil refining. During the stabilization phase of the refining process, heavier hydrocarbons fall to the bottom. But propane, being a lighter hydrocarbon, is at the top and it’s easily extracted.

Crude oil refining, however, only plays a small role now in the production of propane. Most propane is derived today from natural gas production. When natural gas gets taken out of the earth, it is a mix of different gases. One of these gases is propane.

To stop condensation from forming in natural gas pipelines, propane is extracted from liquid compounds as the natural gas is being processed. Butane is also extracted during this process. Propane, being much denser as a liquid than as a gas, is stored and transported as a liquid in this form of production.

Why You Can Feel Good About Propane

Here are the qualities of propane that make Georgians feel good about making it a part of their lives.

So, if you’re searching for energy tips to save money, put “use propane more” at the top of your list.

Look for Renewable Propane in the Future

While renewable propane is not widely available yet, homes and businesses all over the U.S. will eventually be able to easily use it. Since renewable propane is molecularly identical to conventional propane, there will be no need to replace or alter existing propane appliances and equipment.

Just as conventional propane is a coproduct of crude oil and natural gas extraction, most renewable propane can be considered a coproduct of biofuel creation. Most of the same feedstocks that go into creating biofuel — animal oils, vegetable oils, biomass — are used to create renewable propane.

This method of producing propane is as safe, cost-effective, and dependable as conventional propane. Plus, renewable propane has a smaller carbon footprint.

Read more about renewable propane gas.