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  • Source: Southwestern Wyoming
  • Destination: The San Joaquin Valley near Bakersfield, California
  • Ownership: Kern River
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  • Length: kilometres (1,680 miles miles)
  • Capacity: 1.9 billion cubic feet per day
  • Status Operating


  • 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, California.
  • 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 company is currently expanding its network, with the Apex project.
  • The Apex Expansion Project increased the amount of natural gas transported on the Kern River system by 266,000 dekatherms or approximately 266 million cubic feet per day. When the Apex expansion is completed in November 2011, the Kern River system will be able to transport more than 2.14 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day.


  • Gulf Interstate Engineering: Detailed engineering services on the compression facilities associated with the Apex Expansion Project


  • 2001 - System Expansion completed
  • 2002 - FERC approves major expansion project completed
  • 2002 - Mainline System Expansion, Kramer Junction Interconnect, High Desert Lateral & Moapa Lateral completed
  • 2003 - System Expansion project completed
  • 2010 - Further System Expansion completed
  • 2011 - Apex Expansion Project completed
  • 2012 - Mountain Pass Lateral completed


  1. The Apex Project
  2. EIA Natural Gas Pipeline Projects 2010-2014
  3. Major Expansion Project by Kern River Gas Transmission Company
  4. Commission Approves Natural Gas Pipeline Expansion Under Pre-Filing Process; Increased Infrastructure Will Meet Demand In West

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