The spot price of natural gas at the SoCalGas Citygate trading hub jumped to more than $2.40, a 25-cent increase in a single day, according to the US Energy Information Administration. The price jump is due to summer weather, which increases demand, and a planned two-month maintenance that will reduce gas flow between Arizona and California.
SoCal Gas began maintenance on Line 235-2, which is approximately 50 miles long and runs from Victorville to just east of Barstow. The maintenance reduced flow on the line by 40%.
This is not the first time there has been work done on the line. Line 235-2 initially ruptured in October of 2017. The repairs on the line were not completed until February 2020.