Ethane Supplier to Beaumont Coastal Welding Supply sells ethane (C2H6) as well as numerous other industrial and specialty gases to customers in Beaumont and the equipment you need to use the gas and the best local support. Ethane is a colorless, odorless, 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 utility as a methane alternative is limited due to its high vapor pressure, making it unsuitable for storage and transportation in the lower pressure cylinders you would typically find with “low pressure” (LP) gases like propane. In stripping plants, depending on ethane demand elsewhere, it is often just 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. Thanks to the ease in converting ethane to ethylene, cylinder quantities of High Purity Ethane are utilizied 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 learn more about how Coastal Welding Supply can supply ethane or other specialty gasses to your Beaumont company, give us a call at 800-852-4177.