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: 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.
Corrosion Control: 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).
Locating & Mapping: 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.
Pressure & Service: 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.
Operations & Compliance: 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.
Gas Distribution & Construction Administrator
Lucio Garcia, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from New Mexico State University (NMSU) in 1990 and has completed graduate course work in Mechanical Engineering and Public Utility Regulation at NMSU’s Center for Public Utilities. In addition, he has over 25 years’ experience as a project manager, mechanical engineer, plant engineer, design engineer, and in utilities operations and maintenance. Mr. Garcia is licensed as a Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the State of New Mexico and is an energy professional, certified by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) as a Certified Energy Manager (CEM).