The objective of the interconnection work programme is to ensure that arrangements for third party connections to gas transmission pipelines are reasonable. Interconnections involve facilities for injecting gas into, or extracting gas from, the transmission pipelines.
This work programme is among Gas Industry Co's activities aimed at fulfilling:
- an objective of the Gas Act 1992 (Gas Act) for the facilitation and promotion of the ongoing supply of gas to meet New Zealand's energy needs by providing access to essential infrastructure and competitive markets; and
- an outcome of the April 2008 Government Policy Statement of Gas Governance (GPS), that industry participants and new entrants are able to access transmission pipelines on reasonable terms and conditions.
However to date, Gas Industry Co has taken a non-regulated governance approach to interconnections via a set of Interconnection Guidelines (Guidelines), first issued in 2009.
The Current Arrangements section contains information on reports provided to update the Minister of Energy and Resources and Guidelines on Interconnection.
The Developing section will be where any future consultations on Interconnection arrangements will be found. There are no new consultations in this Work Programme.
The Background section contains information on how the Guidelines on Interconnection were developed and reviews of the Interconnection arrangements.