PG&E completes natural gas expansion project

San Francisco-based Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has completed a $40 million expansion project that adds 14.1 miles of new 42-in. transmission pipeline to its existing Line 401 system.

Sep 4th, 2002

By OGJ editors

HOUSTON, Sept. 4 -- San Francisco-based Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has completed a $40 million expansion project that adds 14.1 miles of new 42-in. transmission pipeline to its existing Line 401 system. The expansion "significantly increases the capacity of natural gas available to California's residents, businesses, and power plants," PG&E said.

The added infrastructure—two new sections of pipeline added in Shasta and Modoc counties in Northern California—will increase the system's capacity by 180 MMcfd and also will increase firm pipeline capacity on PG&E's California Gas Transmission Redwood Path, which transports Canadian natural gas from Malin, Ore., to California.

Redwood Path, said PG&E, has been operating at more than 95% of its rated firm capacity, on average, since 1998. "This strong demand is driven by the path's access to Canadian gas supplies—California's preferred source of lower priced natural gas," PG&E said.

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