May 23, 2017

SoCalGas to Use Innovative Methane Capture During Pipeline Enhancement Work in San Luis Obispo County


Project will capture approximately 62,890 cubic feet of methane, the equivalent of what 850 homes use in a day, on average




WHAT: SoCalGas will begin a natural gas pipeline enhancement project on Ontario Road near Bob Jones Trails and will end south of San Luis Bay Drive in an unincorporated area of San Luis Obispo County.


The company will use an innovative system to capture methane during the pipeline replacement project. The gas emptied from the pipeline will be saved for later use, instead of being released into the atmosphere, which will eliminate noise and emissions that occur in the traditional venting process. SoCalGas expects to capture approximately 62,890 cubic feet of natural gas, which is roughly the equivalent of what 850 homes use in a day, on average. The methane capture will occur at the end of this project.


WHEN: Work begins May 24 and is expected to take about 16 weeks to complete. Work hours are Monday through Friday, between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.


WHERE: Northbound and southbound traffic on Ontario Road will be reduced to one lane in and around the construction area and flaggers and traffic signs will direct commuters as they pass the site. Visitors traveling to the Bob Jones hiking trails’ parking lot will be advised to use Avila Beach Drive during construction.


OTHER: This effort is part of SoCalGas’ Pipeline Safety Enhancement Plan (PSEP), a multi-billion-dollar program that tests and updates the natural gas pipeline infrastructure in Southern California. SoCalGas’ five-year capital plan includes $6 billion in infrastructure investments, including approximately $1.2 billion this year for improvements to distribution, transmission and storage systems and for pipeline safety.  Customer service interruptions are not anticipated.


PUBLIC CONTACT: Customers with questions or concerns about the construction work may call SoCalGas’ Customer Contact Center 24-hours a day, seven-days a week at 800-427-2200. Our top priorities are to work safely and to provide the communities we serve safe and reliable natural gas service.


MEDIA CONTACT:           

Rosa María Santana | SoCalGas | 213-244-3356

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