Thursday, November 7, 2013
PG Will Present Plan To CPUC For Review Of Quality Assurance Process
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today said that it will present a plan to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for a review of quality assurance processes associated with the inspection of new girth welds on PG&E gas transmission pipelines.
"We're committed to becoming the safest and most reliable gas system in the country. We want to ensure that each and every step in our quality control processes is the best it can possibly be, and we want the public to have confidence that is the case. Anywhere there are problems, we want to find them and fix them," said Nick Stavropoulos, executive vice president of PG&E gas operations.
In March 2013, a PG&E inspector conducted an unannounced inspection of a job site where a third-party contractor was performing a radiographic assessment – a technique similar to an X-ray – of a girth weld on a PG&E gas transmission line in Brentwood, Calif. The PG&E inspector determined that the contractor was not performing the assessment in compliance with standard procedures for radiographic assessment of welds. Read more.