Natural Gas Operations & Maintenance
The Gas Section provides a safe, reliable supply of natural gas to the citizens of Las Cruces. The Gas Section operates and manages a gas system consisting of more than 1,000 miles of gas mains and service lines, while providing service to approximately 40,000 combined residential, commercial and industrial meter connections.
Gas is divided into five sub-sections.
- Construction & Maintenance
- Corrosion Control
- Locating & Mapping
- Operations & Compliance
- Pressure & Service
Responsible for maintaining the integrity of the system through rehabilitation programs and new construction projects. This sub-section installs gas lines, builds regulator stations, and performs gas line repairs.
Carries out a corrosion control program to protect our metallic pipelines from external, internal and atmospheric corrosion; in addition, they replace and repair corroded sections of pipe as necessary.
This sub-section also monitors underground and above ground gas lines and components by conducting leak surveys (the method used to detect the slightest presence of natural gas).
Provides locating services for the City’s gas system in order to protect it from excavation damage. This sub-section also develops and maintains the gas system maps by GPSing gas infrastructure and entering data into the City’s GIS mapping system.
Responsible for keeping the Gas Section in compliance with all regulatory requirements by providing training and certification for Gas Section employees, and overseeing gas system utilities inspections.
Manages and controls the pressures in the system which range from 837 psig in the transmission lines to 0.25 psig at the residential meter. This sub-section also installs gas meters, monitors and controls gas odorant levels, and responds to gas leak and carbon monoxide calls.