"PSEP is a multi-year program that will enhance the safety and reliability of our natural gas transmission pipelines in communities throughout our service area. It will help us to assess our pipeline system and improve the delivery of safe, reliable and affordable natural gas to our customers," said Jesus Soto Jr., senior vice president of Gas Transmission Operations for PG&E.This year, in addition to validating the safe operating pressure of 194 miles of pipeline, PG&E has made significant progress in improving transmission pipeline safety and reliability including:
- Installing more than 34 miles of new transmission pipeline in urban areas.
- Installing 37 automated valves in urban or active seismic fault crossing areas to allow for remote or automated shut-off in the event of a rupture. Fifty valves have been completed since the program commenced in 2011.
- Retrofitting 78 miles of pipeline to accommodate state-of-the-art in-line inspection tools known as "smart pigs."