Gas Processing Facilities Information Disclosure


Overview

This section contains information on the Gas (Processing Facilities Information Disclosure) Rules 2008 (the Rules), which required gas processing facility owners to make annual disclosures to Gas Industy Co.

The Rules expire on 27 June 2014, as provided for in the Rules. However, the minister of Energy and Resources accepted a recommendation from Gas Industry Co that they not be extended, following consultation with the industry. The recommendation and related consultation documents can be viewed here.

All disclosures required under the Rules have been made. The Rules are accordingly inactive.

The regulatory objective of the Rules was 'to provide a process to settle the issue of whether it is necessary to recommend the rules or regulations setting reasonable terms and conditions for access to, and use of, gas processing facilities…'

Access to key infrastructure is an essential part of effective open access. This work stream sought to determine whether there were issues that prevented open access to processing plants, and thus hindering the effectiveness of the open access regime.

Details of the Rules, Market Administrator and gas processing facility owners' disclosures can be found under the Market Administrator tab.

Issues, Options and Discussion Papers

Previously Consulted On

Proposed Recommendation on the Gas (Processing Facilities Information Disclosure) Rules 2008

Date Published: 14 January 2013

The Gas (Processing Facilities Information Disclosure) Rules 2008 ('the Rules') expire on 27 June 2014. By 27 June 2013, Gas Industry Co had to provide a recommendation to the Minister of Energy and Resources on the need for rules or regulations setting reasonable terms and conditions for access to, and use of, gas processing facilities.

The paper below provided the industry with an opportunity to comment on Gas Industry Co's intended recommendation.

Submissions received

Discussion Paper - Access to Gas Processing Facilities

Date Published: 15 August 2008

The 2004 Government Policy Statement on Gas Governance invites Gas Industry Co to recommend protocols for access to gas processing facilities. This discussion paper reviews the market for gas processing in New Zealand, looks at the economic issues involved and anecdotal evidence supporting intervention in this area.

Submissions received

Statement of Proposal - Information Disclosure by Owners of Gas Processing Facilities

Previously Consulted On

Statement of Proposal - Information Disclosure by Owners of Gas Processing Facilities

Date Published: 16 August 2008

Date Published: September 2007

Author: Ian Dempster & Nicole MacFarlane

Gas Industry Co released a statement of proposal in respect of information disclosure by owners of gas processing facilities. This proposal followed on from the December 2006 recommendation to the Minister of Energy relating to protocols for access to gas processing facilities. That recommendation, subsequently approved by the Minister, suggested pursuing an industry arrangement for information disclosure, with a fall-back to a regulated option if the industry arrangement proved infeasible.

Submissions received

Market Administration

Market Administrator

This tab covers the following:

  • The Rules
  • Current Disclosures
  • Past Disclosures
  • Disclosure Forms

Gas (Processing Facilities Information Disclosure) Rules 2008

The Gas (Processing Facilities Information Disclosure) Rules 2008 (the 'Rules') were gazetted by the Minister of Energy on 29 May 2008. The Rules came into effect on 27 June 2008 and will expire after six years (27 June 2014) as the Minister of Energy accepted a recommendation from Gas Industry Company that they not be extended.

Gas (Processing Facilities Information Disclosure) Rules 2008


The purpose of the Rules was to provide a process to settle the issue of whether it was necessary to recommend rules or regulations setting reasonable terms and conditions for access to, and use of, gas processing facilities by:

  • making information publicly available on the capability of, and availability of capacity at, gas processing facilities;
  • monitoring responses to requests for third party access to gas processing facilities; and
  • using that information to report to the Minister of Energy on the need for rules or regulations setting reasonable terms and conditions for access to, and use of, gas processing facilities under section 43F(2)(b) of the Gas Act.

Past Information Disclosures

In accordance with the Gas (Processing Facilities Information Disclosure) Rules 2008, information submitted by facility owners has been published for viewing below. Changes to this information will be updated within 10 working days of additional or amended information being received by Gas Industry Co.

2012

Kahili Production Station

Kaimiro Production Station

Kapuni Production Station

Kowhai A Wellsite

Kupe Production Station

Maui Production Station

McKee-Mangahewa Production Station

Pohokura Production Station

Rimu Production Station

Sidewinder Production Station

Turangi A Wellsite

Waihapa Production Station

2011

Kahili Production Station

Kaimiro Production Station

Kapuni Production Station

Kowhai A Wellsite

Kupe Production Station

Maui Production Station

McKee-Mangahewa Production Station

Pohokura Production Station

Rimu Production Station

Turangi A Wellsite

Waihapa Production Station

2010

Kahili Separation Facility

Kamiro Production Station

Kapuni Gas Treatment Plant

Kowhai A Wellsite

Kupe Production Station

Maui Production Station

McKee-Mangahewa Production Station

Pohokura Production Station

Rimu Production Station

Turangi A Wellsite

Waihapa Production Station

2009

Kahili Separation Facility

Kaimiro Production Station

Kapuni Gas Treatment Plant

Maui Production Station

McKee-Mangahewa Production Station

Petrochem Limited

Pohokura Production Station

Rimu Production Station

Turangi A Wellsite Production Station

Waihapa Production Station

2008

Kahili Separation Facility
Kaimiro Production Station
Kapuni Gas Treatment Plant
Maui Production Station
Mckee-Mangahewa Production Station
Pohukura Production Station
Rimu Production Station
Turangi A Wellsite Production Station
Waihapa Production Station

Information Disclosure Requirements

Part 2 of the Rules: Disclosing public information

Owners of gas processing facilities must disclose the following information to Gas Industry Co (as the industry body) for each of the gas processing facilities wholly or partly owned by the facility owner no later than 30 business days after commissioning of the facility, on the annual anniversary of that date, and whenever there is a material change in the information provided:

  • the ownership share and contact details of all of the facility owners;
  • forecasts of spare gas processing capacity; and
  • such other technical information on the capacity of their gas processing facilities as the industry body may require facility owners to disclose from time to time.

For facility owners that submit information for each 12 month period ended on the anniversary date of the Rules coming into effect the next disclosure of this information (covering the period from 2 August 2012 to 1 August 2013) is due to be submitted by 5pm Friday 9 August 2013. Facility owners must also give a notice disclosing information whenever there is material change in the information. The information must be disclosed in accordance with the disclosure form published by Gas Industry Co.

Facility owners must ensure that all information disclosed under Part 2 of the Rules is certified as correct by a director or principal office of the facility owner.

Gas Industry Co will publish all information provided by facility owners in accordance with Part 2 of the Rules on its website within 10 days of receiving it.

Gas Processing Facility Information Disclosure Form- Public Information

Part 3 of the Rules: Monitoring requests for access to gas processing facilities

For each 12 month period ended on the anniversary date of the Rules coming into effect, owners of gas processing facilities must disclose to Gas Industry Co (as the industry body) the following information on approaches by third parties investigating the possibility of access to their gas processing facilities in accordance with the Rules:

  • number of bona fide approaches for access;
  • summaries of the nature of approaches for access; and
  • summaries of the outcome of approaches for access.

The disclosure of this information (covering the period from 27 June 2012 to 26 June 2013) is due to be submitted by 5pm Friday 28 June 2013.

When providing information about the nature and outcome of approaches for access, facility owners are not required to disclose any information that a reasonable person would consider was commercially sensitive at the time the disclosure was made. The information provided by the facility owner must be correct and provide a fair representation of the nature of the approach.

Any third party that has sought access to a gas processing facility may provide the information set out above directly to Gas Industry Co, however, such disclosure does not relieve the obligation of the facility owner to provide that same information.

Gas Industry Co must treat information received on third party access requests as confidential unless otherwise agreed with the owner of the relevant gas processing facility. Gas Industry Co may use this information only for the purposes of monitoring market efficiency and reporting to the Associate Minister of Energy and Resources on the need for regulation in accordance with the Rules.

Gas Processing Facility Information Disclosure Form- Third Party Access (Confidential) 2013

Ian Wilson, Principal Adviser Infrastructure Access Group, is responsible for the implementation of these rules and should be contacted for further information.