Jacobs Engineering Group was selected Tuesday by
Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) to provide project management services for the
company's pipeline safety enhancement program.
Officials did not disclose the contract value, but noted
that it is a five-year contract with a provision for five
Phase 1A of the program consists of pressure testing
approximately 360 miles of existing pipelines; replacing
approximately 246 miles of the 3,750 mile pipeline system; and
upgrading or replacing 173 mainline valves.
SoCalGas is awaiting approval of the program from the
California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), which is
expected in mid-2013. The scope of the pipeline testing and
replacement plan is subject to change by the CPUC.
In alignment with SoCalGas ongoing focus on safety,
the pipelien safety program was developed to comply with state
regulations that require natural gas transmission pipeline
operators to submit plans for replacing or pressure testing all
natural gas transmission pipelines that have not been pressure
We are pleased to bring Jacobs on board as we embark
on the largest natural gas testing and replacement program in
SoCalGas history, said Rick Morrow, SoCalGas
vice president of engineering and operations staff.
"We are pleased to be selected by SoCalGas to manage this
important program in southern California," added Jacobs
executive vice president Gary Mandel.
"With our corporate headquarters located in Pasadena, many
Jacobs employees are SoCalGas customers, and we are committed
to leveraging our capabilities to support SoCalGas in their
mission to deliver safe and reliable natural gas.