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Cathodic Protection System News from Algonquin Gas Transmission

Pipeline corrosion management and cathodic protection systems will be on the radar screen for Algonquin Gas Transmission.  Due to rapid growth in natural gas demand, the major pipeline is proposing expansion and replacement in the Northeast. This pipeline activity will be followed closely with cathodic protection systems, specifically MMO linear anodes and additional asset protection.

The project spans across Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York. Specifically, a 9 mile stretch near Norwich will be replaced with a larger capacity pipeline. The current pipeline begins in the northern part of New London County and continues southeast to the Rhode Island border.

Algonquin Gas Transmission is also laying a new 2.4-mile section of pipeline to connect two sections near Montville, CT west of the Thames River.

The company is adding three pipeline sections throughout Connecticut. The new pipeline will connect existing lines across the state near Kensington, Oxford and Chaplin. This includes a brand new 9.1-mile stretch between Willimantic and Greeneville.

Documents for the project were submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in mid-June. FERC approved the filing on June 27. The approval is a step forward for Algonquin Gas Transmission. Upon approval, a FERC review of the project begins before the formal application is submitted. This process helps to proactively identify and correct any potential issues in the project.

The completed pipeline project allows Algonquin Gas Transmission to dramatically increase its service in the Northeast. A number of gas service companies will be affected. They include Yankee Gas, NSTAR Gas Co., Connecticut Natural Gas and Southern Connecticut Gas. The pipeline project references the new Comprehensive Energy Strategy advocated by Connecticut lawmakers. The strategy calls to expand Connecticut natural gas pipelines to accommodate almost half a million additional customers. The project impacts just fewer than 500 landowners. Algonquin has already reached out to the land owners, according to filed documents.

Algonquin anticipates conducting property field surveys in September 2013. The company will be hosting informational meetings throughout the summer for landowners.

Documents on the pipeline indicate dozens of federal, state and local officials have been contacted about the pipeline’s environmental impact and protection measures.

MATCOR’s Insight That Works

The Algonquin Gas Transmission pipeline is needed for Connecticut and the Northeastern region. The project is quite complex and requires expert coordination in all facets. Harsh weather conditions make Pipeline Corrosion a concern for this pipeline. Technology such as MATCOR’s SPL linear anodes will manage the Cathodic Protection needs for Algonquin Gas Transmission.

PG&E Names New Executive to Gas Pipeline Team

PG&E added another executive to its gas operations team to help rebuild the company following the 2010 pipeline explosion in San Bruno.

Jesus Soto Jr., who is currently the vice president of operation services for El Paso Corp.’s pipeline group, will now become PG&E’s senior vice president of gas transmission, operations, engineering and pipeline integrity.

In his new role, Soto Jr. will be responsible for four areas for the company:

  • public safety and integrity management;
  • project engineering, design and management;
  • gas transmission; and
  • gas system operations.

“PG&E and our customers are fortunate to have someone with such a strong background working to make our system the best in the country,” said Nick Stavropoulos, PG&E’s executive vice president of gas operations, who was recently hired himself to help chart a new path for the utility following the San Bruno disaster. “We have already made excellent progress in turning our operations around, and there is still more to do. I have every confidence Jesus will play a major role in meeting this challenge.”

PG&E has been steadily making strides to revamp its pipeline operations by bringing in Stavropoulos and new CEO Anthony Earley and following through on the pipeline safety recommendations the National Transportation Safety Board issued following the explosion.

The utility also is trying to get a $2.2 billion plan approved by the California Public Utilities Commission to modernize its pipeline system throughout the state.

Meanwhile, PG&E has still been beset with problems stemming from its pipeline operations.

The CPUC recently fined PG&E $3 million for failing to comply with the commission’s orders to provide records for its gas transmission pipelines following the explosion. The company has set aside another $200 million for pending fines that are expected for the explosion.

More than 250 people have filed lawsuits against PG&E for the explosion, and the jury trial starts in July. The lawsuits are expected to be costly.

PG&E also just reached a settlement with the city for $70 million as restitution for the fire.

Soto said he hopes to help turn the company’s operations around.

“I look forward to quickly integrating myself into the PG&E Gas Operations organization and reinforcing a team and a culture that are driven to operational excellence anchored in public, employee and contractor safety, facility integrity, regulatory compliance and system reliability,” he said in a statement.

SOURCE: http://sanbruno.patch.com/articles/pg-e-names-new-executive-to-gas-pipeline-team