Natural gas plant

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The massive natural gas leak at Aliso Canyon shined a light on California’s aging natural gas infrastructure. And five years of extreme drought also exacted its toll on transmission pipelines. Now researchers at Berkeley Lab’s Earth & Environmental Sciences Area have been awarded $4.6 million by the California Energy Commission for two projects aimed at improving the safety and reliability of the state’s natural gas system.

The first project, led by Yingqi Zhang, will receive $3 million to develop a more comprehensive approach toward risk management, based on integration of real-time data and scientific models. The second project, led by Jonny Rutqvist, will receive $1.6 million to develop a new 3-D methodology to identify and monitor areas at high risk of ground deformation caused by sinking land.

Read the rest of this press release at the Berkeley Lab News Center site here.

See an earlier post describing the natural gas risk management project here.