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Where does our natural gas come from

January 5, 2022 7:19 am

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Natural gas is used in many different ways, but the most common is in heating our homes. Modern-day heating systems use gas as an energy source to then heat the water that flows through the pipes into our radiators. There are many different types of heating systems that a Boiler installation Gloucester company such as HPR  can install but they will more often than not use gas at some point.

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But where does natural gas come from?

It is found deep within the depths of the earth and actually comes from tiny holes that are found in rocks metres below the surface of the earth. The rocks have a sponge-like consistency due to the holes that hold the gas. The gas is made up of natural matter such as insects and plants and dinosaur remains that have been buried underneath layers of rock. Over millions of years, these particles break down and release gas.

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In order for us to get access to the gas, large holes have to be dug into the earth and are channelled right down to the rocks and the gas can then be passed back up through the pipes where it is processed and contained for use. Natural gas is odourless and so a smell is added to it to ensure that we can detect it if a leak is present. The gas is then piped to central locations and into smaller pipes that bring the gas into our streets and then into our homes and individual buildings.

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