Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)

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