LPG is produced from on and off-shore gas fields in Taranaki.
Maui used to be the biggest domestic producer, but this field has now been superseded by Kupe, which produces around 90,000 tonnes of LPG per annum, some 56% of New Zealand’s current annual LPG demand (view full production statistics at Energy in New Zealand). Other current LPG fields are Kapuni, Waihapa and Mangehewa.
LPG can also be imported as necessary from Australia, which exports some two million tonnes each year.
In addition, the exploration industry is actively drilling for more gas. Click here for a map of LPG-producing gasfields.
LPG is available and used widely in both the North and South Island. Kiwis use almost 170,000 tonnes of it a year and demand is growing at over 5% annually.
LPG is primarily used for heating, water heating and cooking, in homes and businesses. Its use in these applications now displaces approximately 1,945GWh of electricity generation each year, which makes it an increasingly valuable energy asset.
LPG is used as a ‘process fuel’ in industrial applications where it displaces less environmentally-friendly fuels like coal and fuel oil, and as a cleaner-burning vehicle fuel. It also powers the traditional barbecue and provides a heating and cooking source in boats and caravans.