Natural gas, primarily methane, is a naturally-occurring simple hydrocarbon that is relatively efficient at heating and relatively low in emissions when burned. It is normally found in sandstone, coal seams and shales, and Australia has considerable proven reserves although not all this quantity is recoverable in practice. About a quarter of Australia’s electricity generation is produced by burning natural gas.
Many metropolitan areas in Australia have natural gas mains available as an option to be connected to. Once supplied to the street, households and businesses can request a specialised team to complete the connection from the street into the dwelling or business premises. A gas meter will also be installed which is used to safely regulate gas flow and to accurately measure the volume of gas that is consumed.
Domestic and small business gas meters are replaced roughly every ten years (depending on the meter type). This work will generally be completed by Australian Gas Network operators (such as APA Group or one of their sub-contractors). In some Australian states testing for gas leaks is also required.
Once a connection is fitted a natural gas energy retailer will be chosen.
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Experts working in this field are essential in cases regarding accident investigation to assess liability, damage and costs.
Experts may also be required to comment on whether correct control measures, the appropriate standard of care, and proper safety features were implemented within the installation and supply of a gas network. These experts can comment on whether gas lines, meters, safety valves and other gas infrastructure can be considered in line with industry standards.
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