LPG in Syria

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Although into the 1980s most natural gas in Syria was flared, the country began exporting small quantities of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) in late 1981.[1]

As of 2011, Syria was heavily dependent on LPG imports for domestic use and home cooking, in the form of bottled butane gas. It had a LPG Fuel Dependency Ratio at the time of 80%.[2]

Exemption from 2011 Sanctions

The international sanctions imposed on the Syrian regime in 2011-12 did not apply to LPG. Naftomar director J. Heard said in a statement that this is believed to be for humanitarian reasons as "it is unfair to deny such a basic commodity as LPG to consumers as part of a political statement."[3]


  1. Syria: IndustryUS Library of Congress, retrieved 15 February 2012.
  2. Assessment of Syrian Energy SanctionsSyrian National Council, 23 November 2011.
  3. The firm that keeps heating oil flowing to Assad's SyriaReuters, 12 March 2012.

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