PG&E’s high-tech Gas Control Center, where employees monitor and manage tens of thousands of miles of pipeline and other system components 24 hours a day, was unveiled publicly today. Tony Earley, PG&E’s chairman and CEO, and Nick Stavropoulos, the executive vice president of Gas Operations, hosted the event that attracted members of the media and local and national officials, including U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell.
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.
The cold weather affecting most of PG&E’s service area this week included some record-setting low temperatures. But that wasn’t the only record: On Thursday (Dec. 5), PG&E customers used more gas than in any single day in the company’s 108-year history.
The National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) notified PG&E that the utility has fulfilled two additional safety recommendations in response to the 2010 pipeline accident in San Bruno. PG&E has now fulfilled nine of the 12 total actions recommended by the NTSB.
The Safety and Enforcement Division of the California Public Utilities Commission provided concurrence in a Nov. 14 report that gas transmission line 147, located in the city of San Carlos, can safely operate at a Maximum Operating Pressure (MOP) of 330 pounds per square inch (psig).
PG&E began work this week to upgrade more than 1,200 feet of natural gas distribution pipes in north Marysville.
PG&E has automated its 100th valve through the company’s Pipeline Safety Enhancement Plan (PSEP). The valve automation program, which began in August 2011, improves PG&E’s ability to quickly shut off the flow of gas in the event of a significant change in pressure.
PG&E will host an open house tonight (Nov. 12) to update residents on an ongoing transmission pipeline replacement project in West Sacramento.
PG&E today said that it will present a plan to the CPUC for a review of quality assurance processes associated with the inspection of new girth welds on PG&E gas transmission pipelines. “We’re committed to becoming the safest and most reliable gas system in the country,” said Nick Stavropoulos, PG&E’s executive vice president of gas operations
PG&E will host an open house this week to talk to residents about an upcoming distribution pipeline replacement project in San Jose.
PG&E has begun daily helicopter patrols over the San Francisco Peninsula as an additional measure to prevent construction accidents on gas transmission pipelines and to continue providing reliable service to customers.
At a hearing to discuss how communication between PG&E and cities on public-safety issues could be improved, numerous elected leaders said PG&E is doing a good job. “We have great communication with PG&E,” said Mayor Alicia Aguirre of Redwood City. As this Currents video shows, PG&E’s Sumeet Singh and Papia Gambelin testified at the hearing of the state Senate Subcommittee.
A construction crew working at a community college notices a sudden, loud whooshing sound. PG&E is notified, then firefighters and police. If this had been an actual emergency — here a large natural gas leak caused by a construction dig-in — the response ideally would look a lot like this.
When planning a project that involves any type of dig, PG&E asks contractors and homeowners to call 811 two business days before the work begins. Someone will come to your site and mark all gas and electric lines. In this video, Currents talks to a contractor and a PG&E manager about importance of calling 811.
PG&E today (Oct. 8) said it welcomes the opportunity to continue its work with the California Public Utilities Commission and San Mateo County communities to validate that the company has completed, as represented, safety-related work on transmission Line 147.
VIDEO: Nick Stavropoulos Talks About Hydro Testing, PG&E’s Safety Culture and Pipeline Safety Progress
In this Currents video interview, PG&E’s Nick Stavropoulos talks about how the company has been improving its gas system — from digitizing records to conducting pressure tests on pipelines. Great companies, says Stavropoulos, who is PG&E’s executive vice president of gas operations, have open communication that fosters a safety culture.