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Petroleum & Gas Inspectorate | Bulletin | No.15 V 1.0 | 23 September 2021

Filling of hot air balloon LPG cylinders from automotive LPG dispensers at service stations

What happened?

The Inspectorate has received multiple queries regarding the ability of hot air balloon operators to fill their LPG cylinders from automotive LPG dispensers at service stations in Queensland.

Key issues

  • Filling of LPG cylinders for hot air balloons using automotive LPG dispensers at service stations, in Queensland, is not allowed by the Australian Standard; AS/NZS1596:2014
  • AS/NZS1596:2014 is called up as a safety requirement by the Petroleum and Gas (Safety) Regulation 2018
  • The safety requirement does not permit the filling of LPG tanks or cylinders that are not permanently mounted on a vehicle

Recommendations

Balloon operators should seek alternate arrangements such as

  • Engaging a gas supplier/ suitably qualified gas installer to install cylinder filling equipment at the hot air balloon gas operators premises, or
  • Make suitable arrangements with an LPG supplier to fill cylinders at their LPG terminal/ depot

References and further information

  • AS/NZS1596:2014 the Storage and Handling of LP Gas
  • Petroleum and Gas (Safety) Regulation 2018

Authorised by Bill Date - Chief Inspector – Petroleum & Gas

Contact: Tony O'Connor, Principal Inspector- Fuel Gas Delivery & Biogas , 0417 756 257

Issued by Resources Safety & Health Queensland

Safety: This information is a guide only and is issued to promote safety through experience. It is not to be taken as a statement of law and must not be construed to waive or modify any legal obligation.