Natural gas, obtained by ENSTAR from Cook Inlet producers, is an abundant, versatile energy source used mainly in homes and businesses for heating and cooking. It is also has multiple commercial uses such as food processing and producing fertilizer.

Origin

Found deep beneath the Earth’s surface in pockets inside porous rock, natural gas is called a fossil fuel because scientists believe it was created by the gradual decomposition of ancient organic fossil matter such as plants and tiny sea animals.  Layers of the organic matter built up over time until the pressure and heat from the earth “cooked” the mixture into natural gas.

When people use the term “gas” it can get confusing. You might be talking about the fuel you put in your car (gasoline, which is a refined liquid), the gas you take camping (propane, another liquid), or the kind of gas ENSTAR provides, which is called natural gas — “natural” because it is a naturally occurring hydrocarbon. The majority of natural gas is made up of methane, the simplest hydrocarbon, and it also can contain propane, butane, isobutane, pentane and heptane.

Characteristics of Natural Gas

When working properly, natural gas burns as a blue flame. It is nontoxic, colorless, lighter than air and odorless. Natural gas will only ignite when specific gas-to-air ratios are present. The flammability range lies between the Lower Explosive Limit (LEL) of 5% and the Upper Explosive Limit (UEL) of 15%. If the presence of gas is below or above these levels, it will not burn.

Because natural gas can be compressed, it can be transported long distances through high-pressure pipes. It can even be liquefied for transport by ship, once it has been cooled to a super-cold 260 degrees below zero.

Natural gas is capable of producing a lot of heat — 1 million BTUs per 1,000 cubic feet. Think of a BTU (British Thermal Unit, a longtime heat measurement) this way: take a gallon of 60-degree water on your stove, and turn on the gas burner. It will take about 1,200 BTUs to boil the water.

Learn more about common natural gas terms.


 

ENSTAR Customer Service Locations


Anchorage:
3000 Spenard Road
Anchorage, AK 99503
907-334-7600


Mat-Su Valley:
3351 Palmer Wasilla Hwy
Wasilla AK, 99654
907-376-7979


Kenai Peninsula:
36225 Kenai Spur Hwy
Soldotna, AK 99669
907-262-9334


ENSTAR is closed on the following Holidays



ENSTAR Marketing Representatives


Email: marketing@enstarnaturalgas.com

Kevin Campbell (907) 334-7792
kevin.campbell@enstarnaturalgas.com

Fouad Habib (907) 334-7796
fouad.habib@enstarnaturalgas.com

Joseph Dickerson (907) 352-7403
joseph.dickerson@enstarnaturalgas.com

ENSTAR 24-Hour Emergency Line

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For any gas related emergencies, including damaged pipelines,

call:
1-844-SMELL GAS

(1-844-763-5542).

ENSTAR Distribution Department


Anchorage: 907-334-7725
401 E. International Airport Road
Anchorage, AK 99518


Mat-Su Valley: 907-376-7979
3351 Palmer Wasilla Hwy
Wasilla, AK 99654


Kenai Peninsula: 907-262-9334
36225 Kenai Spur Hwy
Soldotna, AK 99669

ENSTAR Engineering Department


Anchorage: 907-334-7740
401 E. International Airport Road
Anchorage, AK 99518


Mat-Su Valley: 907-376-7979
3351 Palmer Wasilla Hwy
Wasilla, AK 99654


Kenai Peninsula: 907-262-9334
36225 Kenai Spur Hwy
Soldotna, AK 99669

ENSTAR Marketing Department


email: marketing@enstarnaturalgas.com


Anchorage: 907-334-7770
401 E. International Airport Road
Anchorage, AK 99518


Mat-Su Valley: 907-376-7979
3351 Palmer Wasilla Hwy
Wasilla AK, 99654


Kenai Peninsula: 907-262-9334
36225 Kenai Spur Hwy
Soldotna, AK 99669


ENSTAR Customer Service


email: cs@enstarnaturalgas.com


Anchorage: 907-334-7600
3000 Spenard Road
Anchorage, AK 99503


Mat-Su Valley: 907-376-7979
3351 Palmer Wasilla Hwy
Wasilla, AK 99654


Kenai Peninsula: 907-262-9334
36225 Kenai Spur Hwy
Soldotna, AK 99669


Whittier: 877-907-6767


Report a Potential Gas Leak

If you smell natural gas or suspect a potential gas leak, leave the area immediately and call ENSTAR’s 24-Hour Emergency line at:

1-844-SMELL GAS
(1-844-763-5542).


If life or property are in danger, call 911 immediately.

Report a Potential Gas Leak

If you smell natural gas or suspect a potential gas leak, leave the area immediately and call ENSTAR’s 24-Hour Emergency line at:

1-844-SMELL GAS
(1-844-763-5542).


If life or property are in danger, call 911 immediately.