eth·​ane | \ˈe-ˌthān, British usually ˈē-\

Definition of ethane 

: a colorless odorless gaseous alkane C2H6 found in natural gas and used as a fuel

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The Pennsylvania chemical complex, which converts ethane extracted from the nearby Marcellus and Utica shales into polyethylene, a component of plastics, is ahead of schedule and within budget, Mr. van Beurden said. Inyoung Hwang, WSJ, "Shell CEO Considers New Natural-Gas Bet," 24 Sep. 2018 The Houston company Permico Midstream Partners' Texas NGL Project includes a natural gas liquids fractionator that can process around 300,000 barrels of liquids a day and separate them into their component parts, such as ethane, propane and butane. Rye Druzin, Houston Chronicle, "$550 million Texas natural gas project gets tax abatements from Nueces County," 13 July 2018 Previously, Cassini detected lighter, gassy molecules such as methane and ethane, which contain one or two carbon atoms and a smattering of hydrogens; these molecules weigh in at around 15 atomic mass units. National Geographic, "Right Stuff for Life Found on Small Saturn Moon," 27 June 2018 The Orla facility, which is scheduled to open its first processing units in the spring, is designed to separate and process natural gas and a variety of NGLs, such as ethane and butane. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Enterprise Products expanding NGL facilities in Houston and Permian," 9 Jan. 2018 On Earth, life makes more methane and less of the gas ethane than non-living reactions do. National Geographic, "Building Blocks of Life Found on Mars," 7 June 2018 To capture that profit-margin advantage, DowDuPont's Dow unit has invested billions of dollars on new and expanded factories in the U.S. that convert ethane into ethylene and polyethylene plastics. Bloomberg, Houston Chronicle, "DowDupont earnings jump," 3 May 2018 The Mariner East 1 pipeline, which went into service in 1931 to carry motor fuel, was reconditioned in 2014 and now carries up to 70,000 barrels a day of volatile natural gas liquids such as propane and ethane to Marcus Hook. Andrew Maykuth,, "With sinkholes patched and PUC approval, Sunoco Pipeline restarts Mariner East 1," 3 May 2018 The surge in production there has created a cheap supply of ethane and other natural gas liquids to be converted into feedstocks for plastics, building materials and consumer goods. Katherine Blunt, Houston Chronicle, "Exxon Mobil considers building new Gulf Coast plastics plant," 20 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of ethane

1866, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ethane

International Scientific Vocabulary, from ethyl

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The first known use of ethane was in 1866

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eth·​ane | \ˈeth-ˌān, British ˈē-ˌthān\

Medical Definition of ethane 

: a colorless odorless gaseous alkane C2H6 found in natural gas and used especially as a fuel

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