Ethane Supplier to Southern California

WestAir Specialty Gases and Equipment provides ethane (C2H6) as well as numerous other industrial and specialty gases to customers in Southern California and the equipment needed to make use of the gas and outstanding 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 use as a methane alternative is limited due to 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 often just included in the methane supplied for pipeline transmission. In this situation, nitrogen is added to sustain the heating value per cubic foot at about 1000 BTU.

However, in the bigger 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 learn more about how WestAir Specialty Gases and Equipment can deliver ethane or other specialty gasses to your Southern California company, give us a call at 866-WESTAIR.