Ethane Supplier to Riverside

Elite Air provides ethane (C2H6) as well as many other industrial and specialty gases to customers in Riverside and the equipment needed to make use of the gas and top of the line local support.

Ethane is a odorless, colorless, flammable gas. In general it is the second most abundant hydrocarbon, after methane, that exists in natural gas. Ethane has a higher heating value per unit volume than methane, but its application as a methane alternative is limited because of its high vapor pressure, making it unsuitable for storage and transportation in the lower pressure cylinders often associated with “low pressure” (LP) gases like propane.

In stripping plants, depending on ethane demand elsewhere, it is oftentimes 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 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.

Because of the ease in converting ethane to ethylene, cylinder quantities of High Purity Ethane are made use of in many aspects polymer synthesis, especially to quantify reaction rates and yields, and 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 learn more about how Elite Air can provide ethane or other specialty gasses to your Riverside company, give us a call at (951) 686-7822.