PG&E has joined with others to develop a robot prototype that will enhance the companies’ ability to visually inspect natural gas pipelines for signs of corrosion, while minimizing lengthy constructions digs.
PG&E’s primary focus is on improving the safety of its gas operations. Currents has covered PG&E’s progress since the website was launched in early 2011.
Using 2x4s, sand and dirt, a group of PG&E gas workers, in coordination with the company’s Grassroots Safety Team, built planter boxes that allow them to practice pipe squeezing, an important safety technique during a gas leak. And learning how to do this in a simulated situation better prepares the workers when a real leak occurs.
Using a new tool created just for this purpose, PG&E has begun the inline inspection of a natural gas pipeline that extends up the San Francisco Peninsula. A so-called “smart pig,” the device was launched from the Milpitas Terminal this morning.
Sacramento: PG&E Showcases Innovative Gas-Leak Detection Technologies in Briefing with U.S. Rep. Ami Bera
On Monday, PG&E brought technologies that identify natural gas leaks with more precision and speed together at its service center in Sacramento for a briefing and field visit with Sacramento County Congressman Ami Bera,
PG&E will begin work March 3 to de-activate an unused natural gas distribution pipe at Highway 99 and East Hazel Street in Gridley.
PG&E today announced the appointment of Sumeet Singh as vice president of Asset and Risk Management in Gas Operations. Previously, Singh served as senior director of Asset Knowledge Management and Integrity Management, where he led the effort to successfully close out critical NTSB recommendations.
PG&E is installing a new gas main along the Oroville-Chico Highway, work that will improve the safety and integrity of the natural gas system for customers.
PG&E is redoubling its efforts this year to reduce “dig-ins” after an increased number of third party construction excavation crews struck gas pipelines in 2013. This year, the utility is starting an ambassador program that encourages contractors to promote the free 811 telephone service, which arranges the marking of underground lines before any digging project.
In an effort to continue growing its stringent pipeline inspection program, PG&E recently assessed Line 186 in Dos Palos with an ultrasonic in-line inspection tool, a device which uses water, instead of natural gas, to move through the pipeline and identify any dents, gouges or scraps that may exist.
PG&E will host an open house on Thursday (Jan. 30) in Mountain View to talk to residents about an upcoming distribution pipeline replacement project.
PG&E began work this week to modernize 2,500 feet of natural gas distribution pipes in a south Chico neighborhood. The work is expected to continue through April.
PG&E will host open houses this week in Los Gatos and in Carmel to talk to residents about upcoming distribution pipeline replacement projects.
PG&E will host an open house on Wednesday (Jan. 8) to talk to residents about an upcoming distribution pipeline replacement project in Pacific Grove.
PG&E will host an open house Tuesday (Jan. 7) to update residents on a transmission pipeline replacement project in Gilroy.
In San Joaquin County and other locations, arborists and horticulture and soils experts from Fresno State University are working with PG&E to research how different types of tree species, types of soil and different types of irrigation can impact pipelines.