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LPG cylinders

There are two types of freestanding LPG cylinders available:

1. Traditional cylinders owned and filled by the gas supplier e.g. Calor or Flogas.

These cylinders are filled by weight at specialist filling facilities.

As these cylinders are owned by the gas supplier it is not permitted for them to be filled by others.

Should a customer attempt to fill a cylinder of this type at an Autogas installation there is the likelihood of the cylinder being overfilled leading to a significant escape of gas.


2. Customer owned refillable cylinders.

These cylinders are increasingly common and are specifically designed to be owned and refilled by customers. These cylinders incorporate an overfill protection device.

The refilling of any type of cylinder on a forecourt places additional responsibilities on the forecourt operator to ensure their safe filling.

To ensure safety the refilling of any type of freestanding cylinder on a Shell forecourt is not permitted. This is clearly displayed on the dispenser.




UKLPG is the trade association representing companies that operate in the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) industry in the UK. UKLPG provides guidance on the Private Ownership and Filling of ‘Freestanding’ Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Cylinders and Guidance for Operators of Public Refuelling Facilities.

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October 2018 Guidance for Private Ownership and Filling of ‘Freestanding’ Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Cylinders

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Revised: October 2018 Guidance for Operators of Public Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Refuelling Facilities on the Filling of ‘Freestanding’ LPG Cylinders.

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