Ventura Compressor Modernization Project


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    Project Overview
    The Ventura compressor station has been in operation for decades and supplies natural gas for heat and hot water to over a quarter of a million customers in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, north of the compressor site.

    The planned Ventura Compressor Station Modernization Project will replace three existing compressor units installed in the 1980s with four new state-of-the-art units. These enhancements are necessary to enhance system reliability and provide greater resiliency as energy demand and systems transition over time.

Soil Clean-up

Before the compressor modernization project begins, SoCalGas will safely remove historical pollution in parts of the soil associated with prior industrial uses on the property, dating back more than 100 years. This clean-up work will be done safely under a Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)-approved plan, and in compliance with all applicable environmental and public health laws.

SoCalGas has been taking steps to enhance communication protocols, and safety at the facility to prepare for the upcoming construction.  This includes providing the Ventura Unified School District an air quality monitoring plan related to the upcoming soil remediation project at the station. The data from the monitors will be made available to the public, including the City.

The new and modern compressors will include the latest pollution control technology and will comply with the rigorous regulations set forth by the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District, as well as all state and federal requirements

Additional Background on Safety Systems

The Ventura compressor station has been operating safely and reliably since 1923. The facility is equipped with a series of safety systems that protect the station. All these systems are frequently checked and verified for proper operations. Safety systems include:

  • Emergency shutdown system that is designed to depressurize (within three minutes) and isolate the station from all energy sources if fire or methane leaks are detected inside the compressor station. 
  • Pressure safety valves (relief valves) are installed on all gas carrying pipes to prevent any over pressurization.
  • Methane detection sensors and fire detection systems are installed in the compressor building to closely monitor for methane leaks and sparks.
  • The compressor units are also equipped with vibration sensors that will trigger unit shutdown if excessive vibration is detected in order to prevent mechanical damage.
  • The station is staffed by onsite employees who maintain the station, and the station is monitored 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

For more information, contact: PROJECTINFO@SOCALGAS.COM OR 805-681-7937.