OverviewBackground & Project Need
Anticipated Project Schedule
Aliso Canyon Safety Plan
SoCalGas’ Commitment to Safety
Helpful Web Resources
Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas®) delivers safe, reliable natural gas to 20.9 million consumers throughout Central and Southern California. To help keep prices low, protect customers from price spikes, and meet higher customer demand for natural gas in the winter, we buy gas throughout the year and store it at our storage facilities like Aliso Canyon. Natural gas from the storage field also helps supply the energy needed for electric generation.
SoCalGas operates and maintains the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility, the largest of four such facilities. At the Aliso Canyon storage facility, we store natural gas thousands of feet below the earth’s surface in depleted underground oil fields. Above the stored natural gas are impermeable layers of rock and geological formations. Currently, three natural gas turbine-driven compressors are used to inject the gas deep into the ground. This equipment, installed in the 1970s, must be replaced after years of careful maintenance. To inject the natural gas as needed, we are installing new, efficient electric compressors. In order to operate the electric compressors, Southern California Edison Co. (SCE) will install new and modified electrical sub-transmission facilities.
The Aliso Canyon storage facility, located north of Porter Ranch and Northridge, sits on approximately 3600 acres of land. The project area is about three-quarters of a mile beyond the Sesnon Boulevard entrance and will be located within a valley on the property. This project is anticipated to result in a significant reduction of air pollutants and greenhouse gases at this site.
- Construct a new compressor building and install new equipment including three 22,000-horsepower (HP) motors, compressors, piping, coolers, and other additional equipment required for the storage operations.
- Relocate existing office facilities and relocate the facility’s guard house to help improve traffic flow on Sesnon Boulevard.
- SoCalGas will construct a new 12-kilovolt (kV) power line that will provide dedicated electric service to the upgraded Aliso Canyon storage facility from SCE’s new substation.
- SCE will construct a customer-dedicated substation at the Aliso Canyon storage facility and will modify an existing 66-kV subtransmission line from SCE’s Newhall Substation in Santa Clarita to the new substation at Aliso Canyon to supply power to the facility.
- SCE will make minor modifications to three existing SCE substations (Newhall, Chatsworth, and San Fernando Substations) to accommodate the 66-kV service to the Aliso Canyon storage facility.
To help keep the public and our neighbors updated on project construction and informed of activities that may affect the community, SoCalGas will hold quarterly and annual meetings.
- Quarterly Meetings
In 2014, quarterly meetings will be held to update the community on the project. The meetings will be held on the following dates:
July 8, 2014
October 8, 2014
January 7, 2015
- Annual Meetings
An annual meeting is held to inform the community on the operations of Aliso Canyon Gas Storage Facility. In 2014, the meeting will be held: December 2014
- February 2014 – Construction begins on guardhouse relocation.
- 2nd Quarter 2014 – Construction begins on office relocation.
- 3rd Quarter 2014 – Construction begins on Central Compressor Station and Southern California Edison Subtransmission Modifications
- Late 2016 -- Project is expected to be operational
*Each project phase is subject to issuance of final Notice to Proceed by CPUC.
SoCalGas is committed to being a good steward of our environment and improving fire safety around its facilities. In addition to safety training for our employees, emergency response plans, agency inspections, and well-safety systems, we have implemented the following measures to help ensure safety of our storage facility.
- Aliso Canyon Safety Plan - (Under development)
- Safety Audit Reports (PDF)
- Brush Clearing Schedule and completion dates (PDF)
- Notices of Overhead Electrical Distribution Facility Shut-downs due to current vegetation and weather information (PDF)
- Vegetation and weather criteria used in evaluating shut-down of SoCalGas’ electric overhead distribution facility (PDF)
- Current vegetation and weather conditions applicable to Aliso Canyon overhead electric facility shutdown procedures (PDF)
- Safety audits and inspection status conducted by Public Agencies or Management Personnel within 30 days of inspection - (Reports will be posted within 30 days of issuance)
The safety of our customers, the communities we serve and our employees is the top priority for all of us at SoCalGas. To help ensure safe operations of our facilities and to help inform the public of our safety record, we have implemented the following:
- SoCalGas Safety Website
- Pipeline Safety (Includes maps of transmission and high-pressure pipelines)
- SoCalGas’ Safety Plan
- Copies of SoCalGas’ annual General Order (GO) 95 and GO 165 reports submitted to CPUC (PDF)
- SCE's Information Page on Electric Magnetic Fields *
- California Public Utilities Commission Homepage *
- CPUC Step-by-Step Guide to Regulatory Process (PDF)
For More Information
If you have questions, comments or suggestions about the project or would like to be added to the project mailing list, please contact:
Public Affairs Manager - Southern California Gas Company