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Q&A

Composite LPG Cylinders

What is LPG?

Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) is a mixture of hydrocarbons that at room temperature and pressure exist in gaseous state. When submitted to moderate pressures or cooled, the gas becomes liquid and can be easily stored. LP gas is colourless and odourless and because of that companies add a strong “odourant” agent which is easily detectable in case of leakage.

LPG is generated during the extraction of natural gas (60%) and in oil refining (40%). It is a natural byproduct that in the past was discarded. LPG’s main components are propane and butane, with a small percentage of other elements, such as fractions of Isobutane, Butylene, N-Butane and Propylene among others.

In Europe these gases usually are sold separately. Normally Butane is distributed in cylinders and bulk propane to supply depots.

How is LPG used?

LPG has thousands of applications and is used in numerous markets including agriculture, automation, recreation, gastronomy, heating, construction, fishing, sailing and hospitality among others. For further information see our Uses section.

How is LPG transported?

LPG can be transported by sea, rail or road and is placed in cylinders or tank containers. Cylinders are usually transported by truck from the factory to the point of sale. Cylinders are designed to increase security whilst in transit. This is the reasoning behind increasing cylinder security in order to avoid explosion accidents and other accidents during shipment.

What are the advantages of LPG?

LPG is a clean energy source, low in carbon, efficient and innovative. It is an energy source that produces fewer emissions of greenhouse gases than most other fossil fuels. It is not toxic and has no effect on soil, water bodies and aquifers.

What do we mean by generations of cylinder?

Cylinders have been developed over time and their heritage can be noticed over the various generations.

Generation I cylinders were introduced in the nineteenth century, between 1870-1880, to store liquid carbon dioxide for industrial gas businesses. Generally they are long steel tubes without handles and are logistically difficult to handle.

Generation II cylinders are also made from steel. Handles have been added and the shape has been refined, cylinders are now shorter but wider. This generation of cylinder is the most popular and are known as the “traditional” cylinder.

Third generation III cylinders are improved upon type II, using plastic for the exterior coating that can be customised, but the interior remains metal. However, these cylinders continue to have the same drawbacks as Generation I and II.

Generation IV cylinders are the latest on the market. They were developed with aerospace technology and represent a real advancement, that otherwise has effectively remained unchanged over 75 years. They have unique characteristics including being lightweight, non-explosive, translucent, non-corrosive and environmental friendly. Moreover, Generation IV cylinders have a longer lifecycle when compared to traditional steel cylinders.

For further information please visit our Product section.

What is the difference between composite and steel cylinders?

There are many differences between steel and composite LPG cylinders. The main variances are that composite cylinders are lightweight, non-explosive, translucent, non-corrosive and environmentally friendly, characteristics lacking from traditional steel cylinders. Moreover, composite cylinders have a longer lifecycle compared to traditional steel cylinders.

In our Product section you will be able to browse the features of our composite LPG cylinders. You can download a comparison between metal composites and steel cylinders by clicking here.

Are Aburi LPG Cylinders recyclable?

Yes, 100%.

What is the environmental impact of using composite LPG cylinders?

As a composite, the impact is very low.

Can any valve be used in an Aburi composite LPG cylinder?

Yes.

What is the required procedure for this?

We need the drawing of the valve is required.

Does the use of Aburi composite LPG cylinders require a specific type of filling station, or can they be adapted to existing facilities and equipment?

They can be adapted.

What is the minimum quantity of Aburi Cylinders per order?

We calculate the minimum number of cylinders per order based on the size of a 40 foot container.  Please contact us for more details

How many colours can I choose to customise my Aburi Cylinder?

You can choose different colours for the same size of cylinder or assign different colours to different sized cylinders. However, the only requirement is that it must be one colour per container, so the number of colours you can choose, depends upon the number of cylinders you purchase.

 

Can I send different kinds of cylinders in one container?

No, you can only send one type of cylinder per container.

 

How are cylinders packed?

All cylinders are carefully packaged to ensure you receive them in perfect condition. Cylinders are placed on wooden pallets (measuring 1200 x 1100cm) and sent in a sealed container.

 

What are the standard export documents delivered with any order?

The standard export documents delivered are:

  • Invoice
  • Packing list
  • Bill of lading
  • Test certificates
  • Manufacturer’s certificates

How long will it take to receive my order?

Our cylinders are shipped directly from the factory in India and usually our cylinders are dispatched  between eight and nine weeks after receiving a deposit. Shipping time is dependant upon the destination country. Please contact us for more details.

What is the delivery price to my nearest port?

Please contact us for a quote.

What do I do if I receive a damaged product?

Please contact us immediately. If you receive any product in bad condition we will exchange it.

Do you have extra insurances?

We don’t have insurances to offer. All our products are carefully packaged and if you get a product in bad condition we will change it.

What do I need to provide to get an accurate quotation?

To request a quotation we will need the following information:

• Company details.

• Size of the cylinders required

• Quantity required

• Details of the valve type required

• Destination port where the cylinders are to be delivered.

How can I become a Distributor?

Distributors are an important component of our route to market. By joining Aburi Composites’s network of distributors you gain more than just access to leading edge technology of composites cylinders, we invest in specific offers to provide value and solutions to you and your customers. As a Aburi Composites Distributor you can build your business on the global strength of the Aburi Composites brand name and capitalise on the brand loyalty and profitability this provides.

We have dedicated Distributor Business Managers who will help you to maximise your success. We also offer tools to develop your capabilities and improve your market knowledge to help you to accelerate growth. Our focus is on helping you to build long – term, valued relationships.

Please contact us to find out more about becoming a Aburi Composites distributor.

How can I contact you?

You can write to us at info@aburicomposites.com or call us on +44 (0) 207 735 5855. In addition,you can fill out a contact form by clicking here.

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