Autogas fuel quality standard

Summary table

The Autogas Standard is detailed in the following table. The legal instrument for the Autogas Standard is:

Autogas standard
Parameter Standard Date of effect Testing Method
Motor octane number (MON) 90.5 minimum 1 March 2004 Composition by ISO 7941 Calculation by EN 589 Annex B
Vapour pressure (gauge) at 40°C 800 kPa minimum
1530 kPa maximum
1 March 2004 ISO 8973
Volatile residues (C5s and higher) 2.0% (molar) maximum 1 March 2004 ISO 7941
Residue on evaporation 100 mg/kg maximum 1 March 2004 JLPGA-S-03 by mass method at 105°C
60 mg/kg maximum 1 December 2013
Copper strip corrosion Class 1 1 March 2004 EN ISO 6251
Hydrogen sulfide Negative 1 March 2004 EN ISO 8819
Sulfur (after stenching) 100 mg/kg maximum 1 March 2004 ASTM D2784
50 mg/kg maximum 1 December 2013 ASTM D6667
(effective from 13 July 2013)
Dienes 0.3% (molar) maximum 1 March 2004 ISO 7941
Water No free water at 0°C 1 March 2004 EN 589
EN 589:2004
(effective from 13 July 2013)
Odour Detectable in air at 20% lower flammability limit 1 March 2004 EN 589 Annex A
Annex A of EN 589:2008
(effective from 13 July 2013)

Review of the Autogas Standard

The Fuel Standard (Autogas) Determination 2003 (Autogas Standard) commenced on 1 March 2004 to regulate the quality of autogas (liquefied petroleum gas or LPG) supplied in Australia for use in motor vehicles. A technical discussion paper considering a review of the Autogas Standard was released for public comment in 2010. The paper considered amending the Autogas Standard to harmonise with the updated European standard for autogas (EN 589:2008) and to address potential operability and emissions performance issues with existing limits of some parameters.

Following feedback received on the paper, and further consultation with the Fuel Standards Consultative Committee, fuel suppliers, vehicle manufacturers and the LPG industry, the following amendments to the original Autogas Standard have now been made:

  • reduction in the maximum sulfur limit from 100 mg/kg to 50 mg/kg, effective from 1 December 2013
  • reduction in the maximum residue on evaporation limit from 100 mg/kg to 60 mg/kg, effective from 1 December 2013
  • updated testing methods for water, sulfur and odour parameters to harmonise with the testing methods in the European standard for autogas and/or for safety reasons associated with conducting the testing method.

Further information on the amendments may be found in the Explanatory Statement to the Fuel Standard (Autogas) Amendment Determination 2013 

Additional reading

Disclaimer

The information contained on this page is of a general nature only and should be read in conjunction with the Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000, Fuel Quality Standards Regulations 2001, the Fuel Standard (Autogas) Determination 2003 and the Fuel Standard (Autogas) Amendment Determination 2013. Fuel suppliers may wish to seek legal advice about their obligations under this legislation.