“ The organic origin of Natural Gas explains why it is made of hydrocarbons (compounds of hydrogen and carbon). The principle ingredient of Natural Gas is the hydrocarbon compound called methane. In many Natural Gas deposits, methane makes more than 70% of the gas composition. ”
Natural Gas also contain other small hydrocarbon molecules such as ethane, propane, butane, pentane, and hexane. Besides these hydrocarbons, it may also comprise such inorganic compounds as nitrogen, carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulphide.
As Good As It Gets
Natural Gas is as close as you can get to an ideal fuel. It requires minimal processing before use and it has high calorific value. Due to its gaseous state, it mixes with oxygen easily for more efficient combustion.
By producing relatively few pollutants, it also helps to reduce emissions that can contribute to the greenhouse effect.