Uses of gas
Gas is widely used in electricity generation. Because gas-fired generation is reliable and can be quickly started and stopped, it can be used for both baseload and peaking power. It can also be used to fill gaps in renewable power generation when wind or sunshine are not available.
Gas is also used for cooking, heating houses and buildings, and heating water.
It is also important for fuelling many industrial operations, including glass and steel foundries, and aluminium and nickel smelters.
Gas can also be used in the form of compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a transportation fuel.
Gas is used in producing a wide range of industrial products, including plastics and polymers, textiles and paints and dyes.
Gas is also very important in the production of fertilisers.