Ethane production and application

Ethane (C2H6) is primarily extracted from natural gas in cryogenic gas process plants. In 2016, the global ethane consumption was 66 million tons.

Nearly all of the ethane (99%) is used as feedstock to produce ethylene.

Niche applications of ethane are as fuel, refrigerant and for enhanced oil recovery.

Ethane characteristics

At ambient temperature and atmospheric pressure, Ethane is a colorless, odorless gas. Moreover, it is flammable and explosive in gas and air mixtures of 3,0-12,5%. Hence, Ethane is classified as a dangerous good. The compound has UN hazard class 2.1 with identification number UN1035. At temperatures below −89 °C (−127 °F), Ethane becomes liquid.

Please refer to the material safety data sheet (MSDS) of Ethane for more details.

Ethane container transport

Our 40ft cryogenic tank containers are suitable for Ethane container transport.


Please contact us for further details.