Ethane Supplier to Fresno

Fresno Oxygen & Welding Supplies/Barnes Welding Supply sells ethane (C2H6) along with numerous other industrial and specialty gases to customers in Fresno and the equipment you need to use the gas and outstanding local support.

Ethane is a colorless, odorless, flammable gas. It is generally 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 as a result of 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 usually included in the methane supplied for pipeline transmission. In this example, 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.

Because 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, 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 Fresno Oxygen & Welding Supplies/Barnes Welding Supply can deliver ethane or other specialty gasses to your Fresno company, give us a call at 559-341-4456.