Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)

Liquefied Petroleum Gas is instant, effective and reliable energy.

What is LPG?

LPG is prepared by refining petroleum or "wet" natural gas, and is almost entirely derived from fossil fuel sources, being manufactured during the refining of petroleum (crude oil), or extracted from petroleum or natural gas streams as they emerge from the ground. It was first produced in 1910 by Dr. Walter Snelling, and the first commercial products appeared in 1912. It currently provides about 3% of all energy consumed, and burns relatively cleanly with no soot and very few sulfur emissions. This clean energy protects our environment, as it does not pose ground or water pollution hazards.

LPG cylinders have been developed over time and are constantly changing to suit the needs of consumers and provide safety to all who use them.

The first generation of cylinders were introduced 1870-1880 to store liquid carbon dioxide for industrial gas businesses. They were long steel tubes without handles and very hard to handle. Later on, the second generation was introduced to bridge some gaps in the first one. They were also made from steel, but with a handle, shorter but wider and the shape has been refined. This generation of cylinder is the most populous and known as the “traditional” cylinder. Third generation cylinders improved upon type II, using plastic for coating the metal exterior allowing the exterior to be customised. 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 advance in technology, that otherwise has effectively remained unchanged over 75 years.

As Zuva, we offer LPG products to commercial, household, agriculture, heavy industries and healthcare customers. Our supply and distribution channels include on-site installations or bulk direct deliveries to consumers, our service stations and designated retail sellers.

The ability to provide effective energy to such a broad range of applications is made possible by the wide range of cylinders and storage vessels in which we are able to supply the customer.

Our product and storage facilities (the biggest in the country) adhere to the most stringent international standards putting our product and service quality at par with the best anywhere in the world.

Uses of LPG

LPG has a very wide variety of uses, mainly used for cylinders across many different markets as an efficient fuel container in the agricultural, recreation, hospitality, construction and fishing sectors. It can serve as fuel for cooking, central heating and to water heating and is a particularly cost-effective and efficient way to heat homes.


LPG is used for cooking in many Zimbabwean households for economic reasons, for convenience or because it is the preferred fuel source. The rise in the use of LPG began with the challenges of constant power supply to many households. When the power situation normalized, many individuals were comfortable with the use and cost effective nature of gas that they continued using it in cooking. It is also commonly used for outdoor grilling by affluent members of society.

Gas is supplied to homes in pressurised cylinders which we encourage our customers to have serviced at least once a year to avoid leakages.

“Our goal as Zuva is to deliver high quality Liquid Petroleum Gas at a competitive price to enable our customers to power their businesses and homes without fail. We pride ourselves in the care we take with our cylinders to ensure that the product the customer purchases at the end of the production line, is of utmost quality and safety.” - Godfrey Madanha, Business Manager LPG

Zuva Petroleum markets aviation fuel and related services to commercial, private, corporate and government aircrafts within Zimbabwe. We operate service hubs in seven different locations around the country to ensure ease of accessibility and timeous service delivery to all our customers.

Our product line comes in two derivatives:

Jet A-1, suitable for gas turbine aircraft engines and supplied from our locations meets standardized international specification, The Aviation Fuel Quality Requirements for Jointly Operated Systems (AFQRJOS) for Jet A-1 embodies the requirements of the following two specifications:

  • British Ministry of Defence Standard DEF STAN 91-91/Issue 7 Amendment 2, 1 December, 2012 for Turbine Fuel, Kerosene Type, Jet A-1, NATO Code F-35, Joint Service Designation: AVTUR.
  • ASTM Standard Specification D 1655-12 for Aviation Turbine Fuels “Jet A-1”

Avgas 100LL for piston engine aircraft which meets the ASTM D910 and DEF STAN 91-90 international aviation standards.

Below is a list of our service hubs and product availability per location:

Airport Code Jet A1 Avgas 100LL
Harare FVHA Yes Yes
Victoria Falls FVFA Yes Yes
Bulawayo FVBU Yes Yes
Charles Prince FVCP No Yes
Thornhill FVTL Yes Yes
Kariba FVKB Yes Yes
Buffalo Range FVCZ Yes Yes

Zuva has partnered with leading lubricant manufacturers to bring our customers the best oils and greases to the automotive, industrial, agriculture, mining and aviation sectors.


150 years ago Dr. John Ellis developed a petroleum-based lubricant for steam engines, and ever since, the company he started has worked to repeatedly innovate and bring only the highest quality motor oils, lubricants and cleaners to market. It’s because of this legacy and dedication to innovation that people have trusted Valvoline products in their vehicles, from the Model T to today’s newest models. Since its founding, Valvoline and its scientists have been innovating, creating and reinventing formulas for racing, high-mileage, synthetic and recycled motor oils. It is this commitment to innovation that shows in our products that help keep vehicles safely rolling down roads all over the world.

There are various uses of lubricants of which some are:

Keep moving parts apart

Lubricants are typically used to separate moving parts in a system. This has the benefit of reducing friction and surface fatigue, together with reduced heat generation, operating noise and vibrations.

Reduce friction

The use of a lubricant reduces the overall system friction. Reduced friction has the benefit of reducing heat generation and reduced formation of wear particles as well as improved efficiency.

Protect against wear

Lubricants prevent wear by keeping the moving parts apart. Lubricants may also contain anti-wear or extreme pressure additives to boost their performance against wear and fatigue.

Prevent corrosion

Good quality lubricants are typically formulated with additives that form chemical bonds with surfaces, or exclude moisture, to prevent corrosion and rust. It reduces corrosion between two metallic surfaces and avoids contact between these surfaces to avoid immersed corrosion.

“At Zuva, we aim to give our customers the best products and this applies to our lubricants as well. We encourage our customers that each time they fuel their car, they get their oil checked to ensure that the quantities are right. The main function of lubricants is to reduce wear, to clean, inhibit corrosion, improve sealing, and cool the engine by carrying heat away from moving parts, which is crucial in increasing longevity of your engine.” -  Kozanai Munerenyu, National Key Account Manager

The quest for lower combustive fuel emissions is a critical element of environmental preservation by the elimination of greenhouse gases. Zuva is committed to playing a significant role in this noble endeavour and is focused on bringing cleaner fuel products into the market that work more proficiently with new vehicle engines designed to burn fuel more efficiently in a manner that enables lesser polluting emissions in line with modern world standards. Our Low Sulphur Diesel (LSD) products are refined to meet the world’s most stringent requirements on combustive fuel emissions.

The diesel we deliver daily to our customers daily through our extensive network is of the highest quality and is consistent with the best world production standards.

Our Diesel products are offered in two grades to optimise use and purpose compatibility. These are:

Diesel 500ppm (parts per million) which is used primarily for industrial applications and mobility by major mining, power and transport companies.

Diesel 50 ppm
(parts per million) which is suited for all types of medium and high speed diesel engines found in mobile, portable and stationary equipment engines. It is eminently suitable for modern high speed automobile diesel engines including modern common rail high speed direct injection technology (HSDI) designed to run on fuels of this type where continuous high performance, power, cleaner combustion and improved economy are required.

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The quest for cleaner petroleum fuel extends to all other forms of fuels, including petrol, in an effort to reduce Carbon Dioxide emissions.

Zuva has invested significantly in Petrol blending and can realistically stake a claim as the industry leader in Zimbabwe in that respect. Besides the obvious environmental benefits of this investment, our blending plants are set to significantly contribute to sustainable job creation as the envisaged growth in production volumes take effect.

At retail level, Zuva offers a range of petrol grades to suit all customers’ cars. This comes in two derivatives; our high performance fuel which enables cleaner engines and fuel economy among other benefits as well as standard performance fuel for normal economy run.

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