SoCalGas Moves up Return of California Gas Pipe

(Reuters) - SoCalGas moved up the estimated return of a natural gas pipeline to July 21 from July 29, according to a maintenance report.

Previously, SoCalGas, a unit of Sempra Energy, said it delayed the return of Line 235-2 to July 29 after finding some “non-hazardous” pipeline leaks in remote areas of the desert. Line 235-2 shut after it ruptured on Oct. 1, 2017.

After that rupture, SoCalGas took the adjacent Line 4000 out of service for inspection and maintenance.

The utility has since returned Line 4000 to service but kept it and another pipe, Line 3000, at reduced pressure until Line 235-2 returns. Once 235-2 returns, SoCalGas said it will upgrade Lines 3000 and 4000.

Gas supplies have been tight in Southern California for years because of pipeline limitations and reduced availability of the utility’s biggest storage field at Aliso Canyon in Los Angeles, following a leak at the storage facility between October 2015 and February 2016.

SoCalGas has said the reductions or outages on Lines 235-2, 3000 and 4000 reduced pipeline system capacity by about 0.7 bcfd.

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