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What do we add in natural gas to smell it during leakage as natural gas is odorless and tasteless?
As Natural Gas is colourless, odourless, and tasteless, the natural gas companies add mercaptan to natural gas to give it a distinct and unpleasant odour to help detect leaks in natural gas pipelines.
Mercaptan is a harmless chemical that smells like rotten eggs.
[Extra information: Natural gas is formed below the earth’s surface. It is formed above petroleum.
A diagrammatic representation of petroleum and natural gas deposits is shown below:
Natural gas has been found in Tripura, Rajasthan, Maharashtra and in the Krishna Godavari delta.
Uses: It can be used as a fuel in homes and factories. It is also used as a starting material for the manufacture of a number of chemicals and fertilizers.
Advantage over other fuels:
CNG is known as clean burning fuel because it produces 45% less hydrocarbons than petrol. The great advantage of CNG is that it can be used as fuel in homes and factories where it can be supplied through pipes.
Natural gas is very important fossil fuel because it is easy to transport through pipes.]
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