What Makes Natural Gas Smell?


Mercaptan is an acrid chemical that is usually put into natural gas to give it a pungent smell. This is done due to the fact that natural gas does not have its own unique scent hence the smell is added for safety reasons. A natural gas is a gas consisting primarily of methane which typically has 0-20% higher hydrocarbons hence it is highly flammable.
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Natural gas has no odor on its own. The rotten egg smell that one gets from a natural gas leak is made by an odorant, called thiophane.
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