EDITORS: Please do not use
"Pacific Gas and Electric" or "PG&E" when
referring to PG&E Corporation or its National Energy Group.
The PG&E National Energy Group is not the same company as Pacific
Gas and Electric Company, the utility, and is not regulated by the
California Public Utilities Commission. Customers of Pacific Gas
and Electric Company do not have to buy products or services from
the National Energy Group in order to continue to receive quality
regulated services from Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
WILL MEET GROWING DEMAND FOR NATURAL GAS DELIVERIES
(SAN FRANCISCO) - Meeting
California's growing demand for natural gas deliveries is paramount
to the state's economic vitality. In an ongoing effort to meet the
increased needs of both homes and businesses, Pacific Gas and Electric
Company has begun a major gas expansion project in Northern California.
The project will increase the firm capacity of the Company's Redwood
Path by 200,000 Decatherms per day (Dth/day). That is enough gas
to warm 1.2 million homes in our service area each year. With more
natural gas powered plants coming on line, the increase could supply
enough gas to run a 1200-megawatt power plant generating enough
electricity to light 1.2 million homes.
Line 401 brings natural
gas into California from Canada--stretching 425 miles from Malin,
Oregon (California/Oregon border) to Panoche Station in San Benito
County. The new expansion will add two sections of pipeline, a total
of 14.1 miles in Shasta and Modoc counties in Northern California.
Since 1998, the Redwood Path has, on average, been operating at
more than 95 percent of its rated firm capacity. This strong demand
is driven by the path's access to Canadian gas supplies-California's
preferred source of lower priced natural gas.
The court adopted bankruptcy
review process for capital expenditures has approved the $39.5 million
Construction began in late
October 2001, and the expected completion date is September 2002.