What is Mercaptan?

Mercaptan meaning An organic chemical compound that has a sulfur like odor that is added to natural gas before distribution to the consumer, to give it a distinct, unpleasant odor (smells like rotten eggs). This serves as a safety device by allowing it to be detected in the atmosphere, in cases where leaks occur.


reference: Glossary – U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

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