Ventura Modernization Project Newsletter

Overview of the activities planned at the SoCalGas compressor station.

Newsletter 22 - October 27, 2022

Modernization Project Updates & Next Steps

On October 3, SoCalGas received direction from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) regarding the Ventura Compressor Modernization Project. 

The project had been submitted as part of SoCalGas’ General Rate Case (GRC). The GRC is the proceeding used to address the costs of operating and maintaining the SoCalGas system. As part of the direction, the CPUC requested SoCalGas submit a separate application to review the Ventura Compressor Modernization Project, rather than reviewing the project in its GRC proceeding. Subsequently, SoCalGas submitted a response to the CPUC on October 13 confirming the intent to submit an application. SoCalGas also requested an extension, from November 17 to December 15, to submit the separate application.   

Major work activities pertaining to the compressor modernization project are paused pending CPUC review. 

CURRENT WORK 

Soil Remediation Update

SoCalGas continues with lead paint removal and asbestos abatement on the existing office and warehouse buildings. These abatement activities are separate from the modernization project. Once the abatement activities are complete, SoCalGas will obtain demolition permits from the City of Ventura and then demolish some of the existing buildings on site to access the contaminated soil below that is associated with historical industrial uses.   

Fence-line Methane Monitoring Update 

The fence-line methane monitor installation will be completed within the next month. The goal is to establish a monitoring system to continuously detect levels of methane at the facility perimeter, which will provide additional transparency about operations at the facility. The construction work is taking place Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.    

After being installed, SoCalGas will calibrate, test, and evaluate the fence-line methane monitoring system. Operations staff will oversee the system and take action based on the circumstances. Wind speed and direction will also be tracked, and the information will be made available to the public on socalgas.com.

Routine Maintenance Work

Beginning October 31, SoCalGas will be conducting a routine pipeline maintenance inspection of one of its pipelines within the Ventura Compressor Station. The work will be contained within the station. It will take place between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. and is expected to finish on Friday, November 4, 2022. All personnel vehicles will be parked within the station and street parking will remain open to the public.

Commitment to Updates

We’ll continue our commitment to keep the community and local officials informed regarding the Ventura Compressor Station, the modernization project, and other activities at the facility. We look forward to continuing to work with policymakers and the community to help shape this important infrastructure upgrade.

We will continue to post information on socalgas.com/Ventura as the project progresses and provide project updates in our community newsletters.

You can contact us at projectinfo@socalgas.com or (805) 681-7937. You may also reach out directly to SoCalGas senior public affairs manager Maria Ventura at mventura@socalgas.com.