Information relating to gas connections (ICPs) and gas consumption is routinely exchanged between gas market participants for a variety of reasons. Files are also sent to, and received from, central IT systems such as the gas registry and gas allocation system as part of the orderly functioning of the gas market.
Specifying and standardising the format for information exchange creates efficiencies and allows participants to automate the production, transmission and receipt of information.
Gas Industry Co previously appointed the Information Exchange File Formats Working Group (IEFFWG) to create file formats required under governance arrangements, propose changes to existing file formats and develop further protocols for exchanges of information between industry participants. Proposals for substantial changes to file formats, or newly developed file formats, will generally be subject to broader industry consultation.
Where the file formats are not mandated under any regulatory arrangements, Gas Industry Co will publish the information on its website as a guideline, in order to support improvement of industry practices. Gas Industry Co welcomes feedback on existing file formats and any suggestions for further file formats which would be of value to the gas industry.