About Natural Gas

What is Natural Gas?

Natural Gas consists mostly of methane, which is the simplest hydrocarbon. Methane molecules contain one carbon and four hydrogen atoms.
Natural gas has a good safety record. Methane is lighter than air and easily disperses in the event of a gas leak. Another reason Natural Gas has such a good safety record is that its use in Australia is governed by rigorous industry technical standards.

Did you Know?

  • Natural gas accounts for 18.1% of primary energy use and is expected to be Australia's fastest growing energy source.
  • Australia's Natural Gas reserves are linked to major markets by over 17,000 km of high pressure transmission pipelines.
  • Proven and probable reserves of Natural Gas are equal to about 91 years supply at current production levels.
  • Australian Natural Gas prices are among the lowest of the OECD countries.
  • Australia exports Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to the Asia-Pacific region earning over $1.6 billion in export income.
  • Natural Gas liquifies at a temperature of minus 161 degrees Celsius.

Where Natural Gas Comes From?

Natural gas is distributed to residential, commercial and industrial customers around Australia through a network of underground pipelines. Responsibility for transmission and distribution of Natural Gas rests with companies such as Envestra Ltd, while gas sales are handled by a number of retail energy companies. Natural Gas delivers a unique combination of efficiency, reliability and responsiveness for your Home or Business.

Helping the Environment

Natural Gas is the cleanest burning fossil fuel. When you use Natural Gas for hot water, space heating and cooking, less carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere than when other fossil fuels are used. Carbon dioxide is a major cause of the Greenhouse Effect. By using Natural Gas instead of electricity or other fossil fuels you can significantly reduce the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere.

Want to Know More?

The following valuable links will provide further information on Natural Gas:

Energy Networks Association
Australian Institute of Petroleum