Introduction      Meter Access      Plumbing     Before You Dig   Natural Gas Safety

Reading Your Gas Meter     Carbon Monoxide     Equipment Information

Norgasco, Inc. is an industrial natural gas utility located in the Deadhorse, Alaska. Our main offices are located in Anchorage, Alaska and we maintain a staff for our distribution system in Deadhorse. We are happy to bring you, our customers, contact and safety information via this web page.

Norgasco, Inc., 4341 "C" Street, Suite 306, Anchorage, Alaska 99503   (907) 562-5520

Norgasco, Inc., P. O. Box 3400087, Deadhorse, Alaska 99734   (907) 659-2236

NORGASCO Access To Meters

NORGASCO reads all of the gas meters in Deadhorse on the 15th and last days of every month. Access to the gas meters located at your facilities must be maintained at all times. We periodically do leak tests, surveys, and regulator set changes that require access to the meter sets. If NORGASCO has to clear snow or other obstructions from the meter set, we will be required to charge according to our current labor rates.   (return to directory)

Customers Gas Plumbing

Customer understands that all plumbing downstream of the meter, being above ground or buried, is the sole responsibility of the buyer. If the customers buried pipe is not maintained, it may be subject to the potential hazards of corrosion and leakage. The buyers buried gas piping should periodically checked for leaks, periodically inspected for corrosion if metallic, and repaired if any unsafe conditions are identified. When the customer is excavating near any buried gas piping on buyer premises, the piping should be located ahead of time and excavated by hand. Norgasco will be available for no fee to locate Norgasco buried gas piping on the buyers property. Norgasco will locate the buyers buried gas piping for a fee from Norgascos attached rate sheet. .Buyer is responsible for installation and maintenance of gas appliances, heaters and gas operated devices downstream of the Company's meter. (return to directory)

Call Before You Dig !

Anytime you plan excavation, please call us for gas line location. Even if the excavation area is on your pad or downstream of the gas meter, we will be glad to assist you in locating your gas lines.

If working around natural gas pipelines or meter sets, please allow us to assist you with your projects. Call our Deadhorse office at 659-2236 for current rate information. We can provide labor, trenching equipment rentals or a combination of both.  (return to directory)

Natural Gas Safety !

Natural gas is odorless, colorless, tasteless, and less dense than air. For safety reasons odorant is added to the gas to make it noticeable and unpleasant.  The possible hazards associated with the release of Natural Gas are its explosive properties and subsequent fire danger.


How to recognize a natural gas leak:

·        Smells like rotten eggs

·        Look for discolored vegetation or bubbles in water

·        Listen for hissing or loud roar


What to do in case of a gas leak:

·        Leave the area immediately

·        Call NORGASCO at 907-659-2236

·        DO NOT – use a phone near a leak, light a match or turn a light switch on or off. Call Norgasco from a neighbor’s phone or away from the building!

·        Call emergency responders if property or life are in danger

·        Response from a NORGASCO technician will come quickly


Possible hazards associated with the unintended release of natural gas:

·        When mixed with air, the mixture can be ignited and burn freely.

·        When air and natural gas accumulate in enclosed spaces, ignition of the air/gas mixture can be explosive.

·        Digging through a buried natural gas line may cause a high pressure stream of natural gas to forcefully blow debris, dirt, gravel, and rocks which become projectiles that can cause injury.

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Reading Your Gas Meter

If you have a dial type index on your gas meter and have no experience with this type of index, get instruction from a Norgasco Operator on reading the index. We eventually hope to have direct-read (odometer type) indexes on all meters.  (return to directory)

Your meter index registers in hundred cubic feet. Click here for a detailed explanation .

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas that is very toxic because it combines with the body's blood and prevents it from absorbing oxygen. Carbon monoxide results from the incomplete combustion of a fuel.

A person exposed to carbon monoxide may complain of dizziness, headache, nausea, sleepiness, and similar symptoms. In extreme cases, carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal.

Vents, equipment, and chimneys that are not properly installed, used, or maintained are the primary cause of carbon monoxide problems associated with heating equipment and appliances that use fuel oil, kerosene, propane, or natural gas.

Internal combustion engines also produce carbon monoxide, even when operating properly. For this reason, a vehicle engine or other type of internal combustion engine should never be operated in an enclosed area without proper ventilation.

When natural gas is used in a properly adjusted burner with adequate air supply, its primary byproducts are carbon dioxide and water vapor, the same substances that are exhaled when we breathe. However, when there isn't enough air to support combustion, less carbon dioxide is produced and carbon monoxide is produced.

Carbon monoxide can be dangerous, but proper use and maintenance of appliances and equipment can ensure their continued safe operation.

Carbon monoxide detectors can be purchased in Anchorage at Costco, Fred Meyer, or a number of other stores. If you need assistance in obtaining carbon monoxide detectors, please call us in Anchorage at 562-5520.   (return to directory)

Equipment Information

Keep Your Vent Stacks Clear of Ice! As mentioned above, one of the combustion products of natural gas is water vapor which, in Deadhorse, means ice. Visually inspect exhaust vents from your natural gas equipment to make sure there is no ice buildup which could restrict the flow from the vent.

Adding equipment? Please notify us when you plan any equipment upgrades, addition of equipment, or change in gas piping so that we may insure correct meter and regulator sizing. Failure to do so can result in inefficient operation or damage to equipment. Please consult the "National Fuel Gas Code" (NFPA 54) and the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) when adding piping, ventilation, or equipment.  (return to directory)