Butane is a colorless gas which is highly flammable and easily liquefies. It can be identified as either n-butane (normal) or isobutene. This organic compound is identified by its formula as C4H10. In an oxygen rich environment, butane will burn to produce CO2 and water vapor. In an oxygen deficient environment, it burns to produce carbon soot or carbon monoxide.

In the commercial world, butane fuel can be found on the market in forms of either n-butane (68.6%), isobutene (29.4%), propane (1.5%) or nitrogen (0.5%). Commercially, butane has cornered the market of transportable household heating agents due to its ability to be easily canned and transported, as well as reaching maximum heat output immediately.

Butane’s Applications

  • Energy & Chemicals
    • Normal butane can be used in gasoline blending.
    • Isobutane is used in refineries to increase the octane number of motor gasoline.
    • Can be blended with propane and other hydrocarbons to create LPG (liquefied petroleum gas).
  • Food, Beverage & Retail
    • Pure forms of butane can be used as refrigerants in household appliances such as refrigerators and freezers to replace environmentally harmful halomethanes.
  • Gaseous Products
    • It can be used as lighter fuel in both common lighters and butane torches.
    • It can be used in bottled forms for cooking, barbequing and camping stoves.
    • Used as propellant in aerosol sprays for items such as deodorant.
  • Plastics and Rubbers
    • Butane can be used in production of ethylene and butadiene for the purposes of creating synthetic rubbers

Galveston County is home to a vast network of above-ground and underground pipelines providing chemical and gaseous product transportation and delivery service throughout the county. These pipelines reach to our industrial areas, both of our local ports, offshore, and outside the county, and provide our industry with a wide range of useful chemical products.

With our industrial land, direct access to two ports, as well as some of the longest stretches of Interstate 45 access running down its length, Galveston County is primed to offer some of the best opportunities for your butane intensive project. Contact our office today to learn how we can help your venture take the next steps towards success.