SAN FRANCISCO, June 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Building on its efforts to enhance pipeline safety throughout Northern and Central California, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today announced that it will add a new, customized in-line inspection device to its growing suite of technology used in the field. Working from inside of natural gas pipelines, this cutting-edge "smart pig" provides a highly efficient and accurate way to determine the condition of PG&E's natural gas transmission system – the arteries of the system that heats and powers customers' homes and businesses.
Built by 3P Services, the custom "smart pig" is unique and unlike standard inspection tools, navigates tight bends and turns in pipelines ranging from 30" to 36" in diameter. Designed and produced especially for PG&E's system, the "smart pig" will provide highly sophisticated data about the pipeline's condition. The tool is currently in development at 3P Services in Lingen, Germany.
"Ensuring that our pipelines are in safe operating condition is our most important job. 'Smart pig' technology tremendously enhances our ability to perform routine inspection and maintenance system-wide faster, more efficiently and with greater confidence," said Nick Stavropoulos, executive vice president, PG&E Gas Operations.
The flexible, multi-diameter "smart pig" travels through the pipeline, using a combination of sensor technologies to collect information that is then analyzed to assess the condition of the pipe. It can identify dents, corrosion, and other defects that could compromise the safety of the pipeline. If any defects are found on a segment of pipe, PG&E will excavate to repair or replace the segments. "Smart pigs" are just one of many tools PG&E is using to monitor for potential leaks and safeguard its natural gas system in Northern and Central California.
Select the service that is right for you!COMPARE ALL SERVICES
- $2.5+ million portfolio
- Large-cap and dividend focus
- Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
- Weekly roundups
Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.
- Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
- Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
- A custom stock screener
- Upgrade/downgrade alerts
- Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
- Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
- Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
- Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
- Intraday commentary & news
- Ultra-actionable trading ideas
- 100+ monthly options trading ideas
- Actionable options commentary & news
- Real-time trading community
- Options TV