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What is natural gas?

Natural gas is an odourless and colourless fossil fuel, formed from the decomposed remains of plants and animals. Over millions of years, this decomposition creates natural gases (mainly consisting of methane) that become trapped in rock formations, deep underground.

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Benefits of natural gas

There are many benefits to using natural gas, including:

A natural source of fuel

Natural gas consists mainly of methane - a natural, non-toxic and non-carcinogenic by-product of animal digestion and vegetation decay.

Lower carbon emissions

The cleanest burning of all fossil fuels, natural gas produces the least amount of carbon dioxide - a major cause of the enhanced greenhouse effect.

High safety standards

Natural gas is lighter than air and disperses easily in the event of a gas leak, making it a safer alternative to other combustible fuels, like coal.

Cheaper to run

Natural gas can also help your pocket, with natural gas being one of the lowest cost options on the market.

 

Natural gas in Australia

Natural gas is Australia’s fasting growing energy source, making up 18% of of our primary energy use. This is estimated to increase to 24% by 2020. With many benefits compared to other fossil fuels, this marks an important shift for Australia’s future.

 

Bringing natural gas to you

Learn how we get natural gas from the ground to your home or business.

Extraction

Natural gas is extracted from natural underground reservoirs.

Transport

We work with your energy supplier to transport natural gas to your home or business, through a network of over 23,000km of underground pipelines.

Use

The gas reaches your home or business, ready for you to use.

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