Nearly 100 people gathered at Central Valley Gas Storage on Oct 3 to celebrate the opening of California’s newest natural gas storage facility. The Colusa County Chamber of Commerce marked the occasion with a symbolic ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Jerry Crow, district representative for Assemblyman Jim Nielsen, presented Steve Cittadine, president of Central Valley, with a California Legislature Assembly certificate of recognition on behalf of Nielsen, who was unable to attend. Attendees were also invited on guided tours to view inside the facility.
“We have received a tremendous amount of support from the community throughout this project and appreciate the efforts of everyone who helped make it a reality,” said Cittadine. “This new facility plays an important role in expanding the existing natural gas supply infrastructure and increasing the total amount of natural gas storage capacity in northern California.”
Central Valley is a subsidiary of AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS), a publicly traded corporation with extensive natural gas storage and distribution operations. Located in a rural agricultural area near the unincorporated town of Princeton in Colusa County, Central Valley sits on a 10-acre site that has historic and ongoing gas storage and delivery operations. The facility began offering firm and interruptible services to wholesale natural gas shippers in April and is now fully operational.
“Colusa County strives to protect our agricultural heritage while encouraging economic development,” said Denise Carter, Colusa County Supervisor. “This project does just that. It will provide the county new, significant, ongoing revenue and new jobs while maintaining our prime farmland.
Central Valley Gas Storage has become an active member, employer and contributor of our County. We look forward to continuing our relationship.” Central Valley obtained certification from the California Public Utilities Commission in 2010 to convert the depleted Princeton Gas Field into a high-deliverability, multicycle storage field. The facility, which is interconnected with the gas transmission system of Pacific Gas and Electric, now provides up to 11 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of working gas capacity with a maximum withdrawal and injection capability of up to 300 million standard cubic feet per day. ■