Ethane Supplier to Western Michigan GTW provides ethane (C2H6) as well as several other industrial and specialty gases to customers in Western Michigan and the equipment required to use the gas and the best local support. Ethane is a odorless, colorless, flammable gas. It is generally the second most abundant hydrocarbon, after methane, that is present in natural gas. Ethane has a higher heating value per unit volume than methane, but its utility as a methane alternative is limited because of its high vapor pressure, making it unsuitable for storage and transportation in the lower pressure cylinders typically associated with “low pressure” (LP) gases like propane. In stripping plants, depending on ethane demand elsewhere, it is often simply included in the methane supplied for pipeline transmission. In this case, nitrogen is added to maintain the heating value per cubic foot at about 1000 BTU. However, in the major petrochemical manufacturing markets, ethane may be separated from the natural gas stream and made available via a separate pipeline network as a feedstock for ethylene production. As a result of the ease in converting ethane to ethylene, cylinder quantities of High Purity Ethane are used in many aspects polymer synthesis, especially to quantify reaction rates and yields, as well as relative activation energies and heats of reaction. Ethane is also [[applied as a specialty refrigerant, although its use is restricted to refineries and environments that can tolerate a flammable gas at medium-high pressure. If you'd like to find out more about how GTW can deliver ethane or other specialty gasses to your Western Michigan company, give us a call at 616-754-6120.