What is propane gas and how it is extracted?

Propane gas is a widely used fuel in various applications, but many are still unfamiliar with exactly what it is and how it is extracted. Propane gas is a hydrocarbon gas (C3H8) from natural gas processing and petroleum refining. It is extracted by separating and processing raw natural gas and petroleum, where propane is separated, purified and stored as a liquid.
Propane gas in a tank in remote area.

What is propane gas?

Propane gas is a hydrocarbon gas composed of three carbon atoms and eight hydrogen atoms (C3H8). It is a byproduct of natural gas processing and petroleum refining. It is colorless, odorless and is often mixed with an odorant to detect possible leaks. Propane gas is stored as a pressurized liquid and evaporates when released for use.

How is propane gas extracted?

Propane gas is extracted from natural gas and petroleum. The process begins by extracting raw natural gas and petroleum from the ground. Then these raw materials are separated and processed in a refinery. Here, various components such as propane, butane and ethane are separated. The propane gas is then purified, compressed and stored as a liquid in pressure tanks.

Practical uses of propane gas?

Propane gas is used in a wide range of applications, including:
  • Residential and commercial heating
  • Cooking on propane gas stoves
  • Hot water supply
  • Propulsion of vehicles and machinery
  • Industrial processes such as metalworking and crop drying
Tank truck from OK GAs supplying a house with Propane gas

At OK GAS, we understand that every situation is unique and are happy to advise you on the best propane gas solutions for your specific needs. Contact us for a personal consultation and find out how we can help you make the best use of propane gas.