WY Explosion Crimps California’s Gas Supply

By Published On: April 24, 2014

Gas flows from Opal, Wyoming, to California were “suspended” after an explosion and ensuing fire shut down a Williams gas processing plant April 23. “The company is evaluating alternatives so that natural gas production can resume as soon as possible,” noted Williams. According to Bentek Energy, gas deliveries from Opal—a major distribution hub—were cut on the Kern River pipeline by 205 MMMcf/day and on the Ruby Pipeline by 130 MMMcf/day in the wake of the accident. Both pipelines supply California. The supply crimp comes during the shoulder season when demand for gas is low due to temperate spring temperatures. Williams’ Opal facility processes gas gathered from wells in the area for interstate pipeline transport. The plant has an inlet capacity of 1.5 Bcf/day. Recent daily processing volumes have been approximately 1 Bcf/day, according to Williams.

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