Natural gas is a naturally occurring hydrocarbon gas mixture consisting primarily of methane. It is colourless, odourless and flammable in its naturally occurring state and is the cleanest fossil fuel. Its combustion does not produce ash residues, sulphur oxides, negligible nitrogen and the lowest CO2 emissions that are harmful to the environment. Humans have been using natural gas for cooking and heating for hundreds of years. Additionally, today natural gas as a fuel in power generation and vehicles and as a chemical feedstock in the manufacture of plastics and other commercially important chemicals.


Natural gas is found in rock formations deep below the surface of the earth, often together with oil. It is created naturally over the course of hundreds of millions of years when layers of decomposing plants and animals are subject to intense heat and pressure. Methane – the main component of natural gas, can also be produced from the decomposition of organic matter and through chemical synthesis.


Natural gas is a flexible and efficient fuel that is suitable for a diverse range of applications as natural gas. Natural gas is the cleanest-burning hydrocarbon, thus is good for the environment. It offers solutions to the world’s economic and environmental challenges in a secure and sustainable way. Thanks to its sophisticated, versatile and low-cost technology, it can easily replace CO2-heavy alternatives and unlock carbon reduction potential across a wide variety of applications.


About 40 percent of Malaysia’s energy needs today is being met by natural gas. Natural gas is abundant in Malaysia with deposits having been discovered in all three regions comprising Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak. The country’s total natural gas reserves is 87.8 Tscf. At current production rates, the reserves should last for at least another 36 years.


The International Gas Union (IGU) is the leading global gas advocacy body, which MGA is a member of. It has a more detailed explanation on the origins of natural gas and how its further processed and used in our daily lives. Click here to go to the page on the IGU website.


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