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Although it is related to natural gas, propane is a separate chemical compound. Part of the family of gases known as hydrocarbons, propane is a component of naturally occurring petroleum and natural gas deposits found deep under the Earth’s crust. To find out how propane is separated from other hydrocarbons such as butane and methane, read the guide below.
Step One: Piping Gas Out of the Ground
Energy companies access underground deposits of oil by drilling oil wells. The wells pump fluid up to the surface, where a gas trap separates it into heavy crude oil, and a lighter “wet gas” mixture composed of liquefied petroleum gases (LPGs), gasoline, and natural gas. Though some propane can be extracted from the crude oil, the majority of propane is extracted from the wet gas.
Step Two: Refining the Gas
At a gasoline absorption plant, the wet gas is separated into liquid gasoline, dry natural gas, and LPGs through the use of an absorption oil. Once the wet gas has been pumped into the absorption oil, hydrocarbons are boiled off and the resulting “wild gasoline” mixture is further separated into liquid gasoline and LPGs. The LPG mixture contains butane, isobutene, and propane, which can be further separated for commercial distribution.
Step Three: Distribution and Delivery
Propane, like all LPGs, can be compressed into a very small volume at relatively low temperatures and pressures. For ease of delivery, propane is almost always transported in compressed form as a liquid, because it takes up 270 times less space than uncompressed propane gas. Once it reaches the utility company, the gas is pumped into large tanker trucks for distribution, and the truck fills customers’ on-site tanks with propane that is ready for use.
Florida Public Utilities Company delivers propane to customers around the state. If you have never considered using this hydrocarbon as an energy source for your home or business, call us at (561) 832-0872 to learn about the diverse uses of propane, natural gas, and electricity.
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Recently, green home builders have begun to use propane more extensively in new developments. A 500-gallon tank can hold more than enough propane to meet the energy use needs of a large single-family home, and using propane can qualify new construction for Federal EnergyStar ratings.
Propane is a very versatile fuel with a wide range of applications. For example, propane-fired clothes dryers and tankless water heaters can replace electric models. Watch this video to learn more about the advantages propane offers homeowners, builders, and small business owners.
Florida Public Utilities Company delivers propane to customers throughout the state, and we also provide natural gas and electricity. If you have any questions about propane or the other energy sources we provide, feel free to call us today at (561) 832-0872.
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Although propane is a clean-burning, domestically produced fuel, many people are wary about using it in their homes or offices because of misconceptions they have about propane’s safety. While it is flammable, propane is just as safe as natural gas. Below you can find facts that will dispel many of the myths that circulate about this clean energy source.
Propane Fires Are Rare
Because propane is a flammable gas, and it is delivered in compressed liquid form in sturdy tanks, people sometimes think that it is dangerously volatile and prone to explode or start fires. But in reality, your house is more likely to catch fire because of an unwatched burner on your stove or an unattended candle than it is from a propane leak. Conscientious home and business owners who follow proper safety procedures need not worry excessively about propane causing a fire in their building.
Propane Leaks Are Easy to Detect
Though propane has no color or odor in its natural state, we add a compound to our propane that gives it the distinctive odor of rotten eggs, which helps customers detect any leaks that may occur. This smell is strong and very distinctive, so it is very unlikely that you could be exposed to a propane leak for a prolonged period of time without noticing.
Propane Is Not a Major Pollutant
Sometimes, customers may confuse propane with fuel oil. Both can be stored in large tanks above or below ground, but these two energy sources are very dissimilar. In Florida, virtually no one uses fuel oil because the warm climate allows most homeowners to get by without heating systems. While a fuel oil tank leak can severely pollute the soil and groundwater, a propane gas leak poses almost no threat of contamination to your local ecosystem.
Although propane is safe to use for fuel, you should still treat any potential propane leak as a hazard, just as you would a natural gas leak or a downed live electrical line. Call Florida Public Utilities Company at (561) 832-0872 immediately if you think you detect a propane leak on your property.
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Florida Public Utilities (FPU) was a platinum sponsor at a fundraiser benefitting public media on Saturday, February 9th at the West Palm Beach Marriott.
In an effort to propel the mission of public media forward, this benefit presented one of the most popular and respected personalities, Diane Rehm. For more than thirty years, “The Diane Rehm Show” has offered listeners thoughtful and lively conversations on an array of topics with many of the most distinguished people of our time. Each week, listeners across the country and around the world tune in for a lively mix of current events and public affairs programming that ranges from hard news analysis of politics and international affairs to in-depth examinations of religious, health and medical news, education and parenting. Her guests include the nation’s top newsmakers, journalists and authors. “Newsweek” magazine terms her program one of the most interesting talk shows in the country, while DC’s “The National Journal” calls Diane “the class act of the talk radio world”.
Those attending, as representatives and friends of FPU, were Jaene Miranda, CEO Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce; Joanie DuPont, MTN’s Projects & Strategies Director; Aleida Socarras, Director, Marketing and Sales; Sharon Fitzgerald, Marketing & Channel Coordinator; Kira Lake, Energy Conservation Manager; Danielle Mulligan, South Florida Conservation Representative; Betty Cressman, FPU corporate secretary to the President, retired and Bonnie Erdek, Community and Contracts Administrator.
Diane spoke, with passion and sincerity, about her childhood and other personal issues and relationships in her life. A captivating speaker, those attending considered it a privilege to be in her company. FPU hopes that through its support, and the support of others in the community, national public radio can endure and flourish.
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Whether you use electricity, natural gas, or propane, Florida Public Utilities Company can provide you with all the energy you need to power the appliances in your home or at your place of business. If you are considering switching to propane, or if you just want more information about cutting down your energy usage, call us today at (561) 832-0872 and visit the websites below for more information.
Read this pamphlet from the National Propane Gas Association to learn more facts about propane use in the United States.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center provides more information on how propane is produced at this page.
Learn more about liquefied petroleum gases such as propane in this article from HowStuffWorks.
Domestic production of propane in the United States reached an all-time high in 2012, as you can read in this abstract from the CME Group.
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