Natural gas is a fossil fuel produced from decomposing plants and animals, pressed for millions of years under tons of rock and soil. It is composed of 95% methane, 4% ethane and 1% nitrogen, propane, butane and other gases. This raw gas is sent to a processing facility to become predominantly methane.
Natural gas is colourless, odourless and non-toxic. A smell like rotten eggs, is added to it for your safety. The smell is added so that even the smallest amount of escaped natural gas can be detected by smell.
Natural gas is transported through a network of gas pipelines that extends right to your home or building.
Natural gas is one of the world's safest sources of energy. One of the great properties of natural gas is that because it is lighter than air, it dissipates very quickly.
Natural gas also burns cleaner than fuel oil. Emissions produced by natural gas combustion are far less harmful than those produced by oil, coal and wood. No fuel tanks are required for delivery, reducing the risk of leaks polluting land and groundwater.
Despite the safe properties of natural gas, it is flammable and can produce carbon monoxide when trapped in a confined space and there is an inadequate supply of oxygen.
Enbridge Gas New Brunswick is backed by Enbridge Gas Distribution’s 160 years of experience of providing customers with safe and reliable delivery of natural gas to homes and businesses. Safety is a top priority.
We conduct regular inspections and tests to ensure that our pipeline system and equipment are working safely and efficiently.
Our service and operations people are trained to carry out procedures according to strict codes and standards that cover everything from the distribution of natural gas to the inspection of equipment in your building.
The transportation and distribution of natural gas and the manufacture and installation of equipment are governed by stringent technical and safety codes and standards, developed by the gas industry and the provincial and federal governments. As a result, we have an excellent safety record.
At work, be sure that your employer has a copy of Enbridge Gas New Brunswick’s natural gas Material Safety Data Sheet (pdf).
It’s our duty – and pleasure – to provide you with all the maintenance and safety information you need.
We provide free emergency service, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.