Ethane Supplier to Richmond, Virginia Arc3 Gases produces ethane (C2H6) in addition to several other industrial and specialty gases to customers in Richmond, Virginia and the equipment you need to utilize the gas and the best local support. Ethane is a odorless, colorless, flammable gas. Generally speaking it's the second most abundant hydrocarbon, after methane, that is found in natural gas. Ethane has a higher heating value per unit volume than methane, but its application as a methane alternative is limited as a result 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 oftentimes included in the methane used for pipeline transmission. In this situation, nitrogen is added to control the heating value per cubic foot at about 1000 BTU. However, in the larger 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, in addition to 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 Arc3 Gases can supply ethane or other specialty gasses to your Richmond, Virginia company, give us a call at (804) 644-4521.