PG&E conducts pipeline tests

Pacific Gas and Electric Company announced this week that crews are conducting strength tests on 30 miles of natural gas transmission pipeline in Ridgecrest this month. PG&E crews are scheduled to work through December, weather permitting.

According to a spokesperson, during a strength test the pipe is pressurized to a much higher level than the pipe will ever normally experience then the pipe is monitored for more than eight hours.

The work will take place weekdays during regular business hours after Wednesday, Sept. 26. During that time Trona Road between Highway 395 and Highway 178 will be closed as well as Searles Station Road and Randsburg Wash Road. Residents can access the city of Trona from Highway 178 only.

Customers will see PG&E trucks, water tanks and heavy equipment in the area. Gas service is expected to continue without interruption.

At times, residents may smell gas and hear a loud, steady noise as we vent natural gas from the pipeline using safe and common techniques.

Although this is normal when crews are working, we encourage anyone who has concerns about the smell of gas to call 1-800-743-5000 at any time.

Story First Published: 2018-09-21