The purpose of the Gas Governance (Critical Contingency Management) Regulations 2008 (CCM Regulations) is to achieve the effective management of critical gas outages and other security of supply contingencies without compromising long-term security of supply.
The CCM Regulations underwent extensive review and were amended after the October 2011 Maui pipeline outage. Since then, there have been additional critical contingencies, test exercises and market changes. This more recent experience has identified further areas where the CCM Regulations could be amended to improve their operation.
Gas Industry Company released its consultation paper Statement of Proposal for amending the Critical Contingency Management Regulations in May 2020. In July 2020, at the end of our consultation period, we received eleven submissions. There was broad agreement on many of the proposals, however, the submissions did raise areas that we considered warranted further analysis.
We have since carried out this analysis, engaged external consultants where required, and have now released a Summary of Submissions and Next Steps for Amending the Critical Contingency Management Regulations. Although we are not requesting formal submissions on this paper, we encourage anyone with a view to get in touch.
Gas Industry Company is now working towards publishing a final Statement of Proposal which will provide a further opportunity for stakeholders to make submissions. Once we have considered these final submissions, we intend to make a Recommendation to the Minister to change the CCM Regulations.