Natural Gas – Origin, Extraction and Usage

The Changing Energy Paradigm and the Media

Natural Gas is one of the three elements of fossil fuel / energy. With 86.4% share for fossil fuels in primary energy consumption in the world, natural gas has an amount of 22,5% (in 2009). As a non-renewal energy-ressource, projections predict that natural gas reserves (under the actual consumption-circumstances) will suffice for the next 60 years.

Natural gas, like all fossil fuels, has developed over millions of years underground. It can be found in  gas-fields, but also in coal- or oil-fields, where gas is but a byproduct of the extraction of the ressources.

Natural gas has to be cleansed from impurities before it can be used by the market, cannot be stored easily and needs an own infrastructure for transportations (pipelines). This not only leads to high costs (relatively to coal) but also to enviromental problems: byproducts of cleaning, extraction, pipeline-building, etc.

Natural Gas is mainly used for generating power…

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