Ethane Supplier to St. Louis Cee Kay Supply, Inc. provides ethane (C2H6) as well as many other industrial and specialty gases to customers in St. Louis and the equipment needed to use 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 present 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 often associated with “low pressure” (LP) gases like propane. In stripping plants, depending on ethane demand elsewhere, it is usually just included in the methane used for pipeline transmission. In this case, 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. Thanks to 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 know more about how Cee Kay Supply, Inc. can provide ethane or other specialty gasses to your St. Louis company, give us a call at 314.644.3500.