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History

Our history has shaped our direction and continues to guide what we do today.

Our history

SHV was founded in 1896. Since that time, we have established our expertise in the efficient and safe distribution of energy sources throughout the world.

In the latter half of the 20th century, we were able to leverage that expertise by investing in LPG, which is recognised as the cleanest available conventional fuel for consumers situated beyond the natural gas grid. Today, we are proud to have market-leading LPG companies in the Americas, Asia and Europe, and to be helping drive the energy transition with a range of alternative sources of sustainable and cleaner energy.

1896

The foundation of SHV

Eight Dutch coal wholesalers, some of whom had been entrepreneurs and traders since the 18th century, establish the Steenkolen Handels-Vereeniging (SHV) in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

1904

SHV becomes a key player in the Dutch coal market

SHV’s innovation and modernisation approaches alter its handling and loading equipment, which significantly increases the capacity of its coal supply. As a result, it opens a new head office in Utrecht.

1939

SHV starts trading in oil

As the shipping industry shifts its main source of energy to oil, SHV founds the first oil bunker station. It begins supplying oil to VEM, a large shipping and fishing company in which it has a controlling interest.

1945

SHV expands its oil activities

An increasing shift to oil leads to changes in transportation and escalating demand from the expansion of overseas trade. To meet the demand, SHV acquires oil interests in Europe.

1956

The PAM oil brand launches

SHV launches a new brand for its oil-related activities, called PAM. The brand appears on a chain of gasoline stations in the Netherlands, Austria and West Germany.

1980

Expanding further in energy and consumer goods

SHV increases its focus on trading in energy by expanding its LPG distribution.

1985

SHV acquires stake in Primagaz Group

SHV acquires a controlling stake in Primagaz Group, already active in France and Germany, by bringing in its LPG operations in the Benelux, Italy, Austria, Denmark and, later, Germany. Primagaz Group goes on to make significant acquisitions in Italy and in new countries such as Turkey.

1987

Calor is acquired

SHV acquires a large stake in Calor in Great Britain and Ireland.

1991

Gaspol is formed

SHV acquires state-owned assets in Central Europe and forms Gaspol in Poland.

1995-1997

SHV grows beyond Europe

SHV acquires companies in China and Brazil and begins new operations in India. In 1996, Primagaz Group launches activities in international supply and risk management, known today as SHV Gas Supply & Risk Management.

1999

SHV Energy name created

SHV pools together its LPG activities under the management of a central team, which is eventually renamed to SHV Energy.

SHV History India
2012

LNG distribution begins

SHV Energy begins distributing bulk and automotive LNG in Western Europe.

2016

Advancing Energy Together launches

SHV Energy launches strategic initiatives under its mission of Advancing Energy Together.

2017

Pinnacle is acquired

SHV Energy acquires the propane supply company, Pinnacle, with activity concentrated in the southwest of the United States.

2018

First supply generated of bioLPG

SHV Energy generates its first supply of bioLPG from the Neste plant in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The plant is a demonstration of the company’s commitment to provide its customers with alternative sources of sustainable and cleaner energy.

2019

First hydrogen station is opened

SHV Energy opens its first hydrogen refuelling station in Guangzhou, China. It marks a crucial step forward in energy innovation and highlights the exciting future for hydrogen energy development.

First hydrogen station
2020-2021

Renewable energy solutions are offered

A joint venture launches between SHV Energy and KEW Technology, called Circular Fuels Limited. The JV is focused on producing rDME renewable gas from the conversion of renewable and recycled carbon feedstock.

2021

Launch of Renewable Dimethyl Ether (rDME)

A joint venture launches between SHV Energy and KEW Technology, called Circular Fuels Limited. The JV is focused on producing rDME renewable gas from the conversion of renewable and recycled carbon feedstock.