December 2015 Vol. 242, No. 12

TechNotes

Ultrasonic Cleaning Technology Helps SoCalGas Achieve Greater Efficiency

High-powered engines require high-powered cleaning to maintain operating efficiency and productivity. One natural gas facility is realizing significant time savings, seeing greater equipment efficiency and extending the life of its 100-year-old equipment, saving millions of dollars in the process. At Southern California Gas Company’s (SoCalGas®) storage facility in Valencia, CA, five 5,500 horsepower compressor engines move 250 MMcf/d of natural gas under 600-650 lbs. of pressure, from pipelines to storage fields 2 miles beneath the earth’s surface. The storage field holds 30 Bcf of gas. The engines required for this job are similar in size and capability to those used to

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