From time to time the Minister requests advice from Gas Industry Co on important issues in the gas industry. In February 2010, the Minister requested advice on the suitability of applying Gas Industry Co's Guidelines on Interconnection with Transmission Pipelines to Private Transmission Pipelines. Our advice and the Minister's response can be found under the 'Advice' tab.
Date Published: Fri, 21/05/2010 - 12:02 Author: Melanie Strokes
In February 2010, the Associate Minister of Energy and Resources (the Associate Minister) requested advice on the desirability of applying some of the best practice arrangements outlined in Gas Industry Co's Guidelines on Interconnection with Transmission Pipelines (the Guidelines) to private pipelines in the Taranaki region.
Gas Industry Co's advice to the Associate Minister is that the application of the voluntary Guidelines to private pipelines is unlikely to improve access to private pipelines. In particular:
• the Guidelines were designed for open access pipelines and only relate to interconnection arrangements; and
• to improve access to private pipelines, the Guidelines would need to address the issues arising from the carriage of non-specification gas.
Gas Industry Co does, however, find merit in formalising a protocol for the collection and assessment of information regarding access disputes and related matters between the Ministry of Economic Development (MED) and Gas Industry Co. This protocol will assist Gas Industry Co and MED in monitoring access disputes and ultimately forming a judgement on whether further investigation or regulatory reform is warranted.