Sempra Energy’s Southern California Gas Co. utility told state regulators Monday that it pulled in $31.3 million in the sale of 8 Bcf of added underground storage gas in its two-week open season that ended late last month (Nov. 26). The utility filed a terse “notice of sale” with the California Public Utilities Commission.

Supplies were eligible to be nominated for storage beginning last Thursday (Thanksgiving), and may be stored through March 31, 2003, according to the utility.

Eight equal packages were sold, consistent with a Nov. 7 decision by the CPUC, allowing SoCalGas to put an added 8.12 Bcf of storage gas in two of its underground facilities on the open market. In packets of 1.015 Bcf each, the winning bidders for the former cushion gas can draw from it throughout the winter.

Sealed bids were accepted through Tuesday for supplies from the SoCalGas underground storage facilities at Aliso Canyon north of Los Angeles and La Goleta field west of Santa Barbara, CA.

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