PG&E upgrades gas pipeline in southwest Bakersfield

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said Thursday that it has completed a natural gas pipeline upgrade in a growing section of southwest Bakersfield.

PG&E crews replaced 2,500 feet of existing 2-inch plastic pipe with 4-inch plastic pipe to increase capacity in the area of Pin Oak Park, starting from White Lane and ending at Laurel Oak Way.

"PG&E is working to ensure that this growing community has a pipeline system that can continue to adapt to system wide safety enhancements and meet the increased demand for natural gas for many years to come," Chris Ederer, gas distribution engineer for PG&E's Kern County division, said in a news release. "We appreciate the patience that area residents and businesses have shown while we conducted this important gas infrastructure work."

The utility said it plans more gas pipeline upgrades this year in Kern County.