Aliso Canyon Turbine Replacement

An Investment in Our Energy Infrastructure

An Investment in Our Energy Infrastructure

The Aliso Canyon Turbine Replacement project (ACTR) was approved by the California Public Utilities Commission in November 2013. The ACTR project replaces natural gas turbine-driven compressors installed in the 1970s with more efficient electric motor-driven compressors. When completed later this year, the state-of-the-art upgrade will reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the facility by about 70,000 metric tons, or 90 percent, each year. In addition to making the operation of the storage facility more environmentally friendly, the turbine replacement project will enhance the reliability of the region’s natural gas service, and protect customers against service interruptions or price spikes during periods of high demand.

Project Construction Update

Of the five project components, commissioning of the compressor station is all that remains. Construction of the compressor station and associated piping and process equipment is complete. Testing and commissioning of the new compressor equipment will be finished in the next few months.

In addition, Southern California Edison has completed the new substation and subtransmission modifications that will ensure a reliable supply of electricity for the new equipment.SoCalGas has completed its connections to the new substation. Work is completed on new offices for the staff who manage the Aliso Canyon storage facility.

Construction of the new guard house and enhanced facility entrance were completed in 2015 and have significantly improved traffic flow and safety for vehicles and pedestrians in the neighborhood.

Once completed, the new compressors will allow SoCalGas to replenish the storage field more quickly, ensuring a reliable supply of natural gas for more than 21 million residents, businesses, and other critical facilities across Southern California. While the new compressors will allow for SoCalGas to achieve the desired natural gas inventory more quickly, they will not place additional pressure on wells or other infrastructure. In addition, the project will not increase the total capacity of the storage field.

The illustration below shows the flow of electricity (figures 1 and 2) to our natural gas storage facility (figures 3 and 4) where the gas is stored deep underground. When needed, natural gas is withdrawn from the storage field and delivered through our pipelines (figure 5) to homes and businesses (figure 6).

Project Description

1. 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.

2. Relocate existing office facilities and relocate the facility’s guardhouse to help improve traffic flow on Sesnon Boulevard.

3. 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.

4. 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. It will supply power to the facility.

5. 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.

Aliso Canyon Safety Plan

We're committed to being a good steward of our environment and improving fire safety around our 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.

Safety Audits and Inspections

Date

Title

March 2015 Semi-annual inspection (PDF)
September 2014 Semi-annual inspection (PDF)
March 2014 Semi-annual inspection (PDF)
July 2013 Safety Audit Reports (PDF)
 
 

SoCalGas’ Commitment to Safety

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: