DOGGR: SoCal Gas Line Back in Service

Published On: October 18, 2019

SoCal Gas this week (10/15) returned line 235-2 into service. While the line returned at a reduced rate for now, it marks the first time the line has been in service since it ruptured on October 1, 2017.

The 1957 vintage pipeline, which runs approximately 50 miles between Victorville to east of Barstow, was initially planned to reopen in April, but additional leaks were found delaying the reopening of the pipeline.

Last month, SoCal Gas started worked on Line 4000 which extends from East of Barstow to Cajon. The company plans for the line to be out of commission for at least two months as it makes repairs.

A third aging pipeline, Line 3000, has been out of commission or working at reduced pressure since July 2016. Line 3000, which extends about 125 miles Needles on the California-Nevada border to East of Barstow, does not increase system capacity due to the bottleneck created by the outages on lines 235-2 and 4000.

About the Author: Matt Ross

Matt Ross is a Senior Consultant in the energy industry and has more than a dozen years of experience in state government. He can be reached at matt at govreport.org