PG&E owes it to our communities – the places where our customers and employees call home – to work every day toward becoming the safest, most reliable gas system in the nation. Here’s how this is happening, writes Nick Stavropoulos, PG&E’s executive vice president of Gas Operations.
PG&E’s principal objective is the safety of its natural gas pipelines. The public deserves to have confidence in the safety and integrity of gas lines. The company is working with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) as it investigates the cause of the San Bruno accident. The company is working with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to validate the operating pressures of its gas transmission lines and to improve its record-keeping. PG&E supports efforts to improve national pipeline safety laws. PG&E is already making pipeline safety changes and is not waiting for mandates from legislators or regulators. PG&E’s Pipeline 2020 program will further strengthen the company’s gas system operations as well as boosting pipeline operations nationwide thanks to research funds and other investments.
PG&E will host open houses this week to talk to residents about upcoming pipeline replacement projects in San Jose and Fresno.
PG&E will host open houses today in Vacaville and Martinez to talk to residents about upcoming hydrostatic pressure testing.
SNL Energy, an energy-industry news website, wrote about PG&E’s pipeline-safety progress and the construction of its $35 million gas control center in San Ramon. Mel Christopher, PG&E’s senior director of gas system operations, and Jesus Soto Jr., the company’s senior vice president of gas transmission operations, were quoted.
PG&E will host open houses this week in Madera and in Walnut Creek to talk to residents about upcoming hydrostatic pressure testing.
PG&E Chairman and CEO Tony Earley said today that “the penalties proposed by the Commission staff and others far exceed anything that I have seen in my 30 years in the industry and fail to appropriately account for the actions taken by the company.”
PG&E will host open houses this week in Modesto and Yuba City to talk to residents about upcoming hydrostatic pressure testing.
San Jose and King City: Open Houses to Answer Questions about Pipeline Replacement, Hydrostatic Testing
PG&E will host open houses this week to talk to residents about an upcoming pipeline replacement project in San Jose and hydrostatic pressure testing in King City.
PG&E has satisfied seven of the National Transportation Safety Board recommendations that came as a result of its investigation into the 2010 pipeline accident in San Bruno, the NTSB said in a letter.
The NTSB, in a recent letter to the company
PG&E will host open houses this week in Vallejo and Soledad to talk to residents about upcoming hydrostatic pressure testing.
What do a work truck, an SUV and a 38-foot bus have in common? For PG&E, these vehicles are helping the utility ensure safe, reliable gas operations. PG&E recently brought the vehicles together at its service center in Sacramento for a kind of mini auto show.
Over the next few months, PG&E and contract crews will be doing a high-tech mapping survey of all of its 6,750-mile gas transmission pipeline system. Using highly precise GPS mapping tools, the crews will survey areas above transmission pipelines, called utility rights-of-way, which are located along residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural properties.
In Sacramento today, PG&E hosted a Gas Safety Fleet Expo to showcase the utility’s newest vehicles that are helping crews determine where improvements can be made to the gas pipeline system. “This modern technology is going to put us in a whole new league in terms of our ability to safeguard our system,” said PG&E executive Kevin Knapp about the three vehicles on exhibit..
As PG&E works hard to improve the safety of its gas pipeline operations, support is coming from what once would have been an unlikely resource — fellow utilities. Last week in Houston, PG&E shared the results of its benchmarking study that looks at the best training ideas from North America’s biggest utilities.
At a PG&E-sponsored industry conference in Houston, Nick Stavropoulos talked about the importance of training and sharing best practices. PG&E’s head of gas operations was the keynote speaker at the two-day event.