Kern River Gas Transmission Company, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, operates an interstate natural gas pipeline extending from the oil and gas producing fields of southwestern Wyoming through Utah and Nevada to the San Joaquin Valley near Bakersfield, Calif.
Kern River’s system totals 1,717 miles of 36- and 42-inch diameter steel pipe buried at least three feet underground. Kern River utilizes 12 automated compressor stations spread across four states. The compressor units at these stations have a total system compression of approximately 384,220 horsepower. The pipeline currently has a design capacity of 2.17 billion cubic feet per day.
Kern River utilizes one of the most sophisticated computer networks in the natural gas transportation industry. The fully automated real-time pipeline is controlled from the gas control center in Salt Lake City. Kern River's gas controllers can monitor what is flowing through the pipeline at the exact time it is flowing.
Kern River is a subsidiary of MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company.