Under the Gas Governance (Critical Contingency Management) Regulations 2008 (CCM Regulations), Gas Industry Co appoints a Critical Contingency Operator (CCO).
New Plymouth-based Plant and Platform Limited has been appointed Critical Contingency Operator under the Gas (Critical Contingency Management) Regulations 2008 (Regulations).
The appointment takes effect from 1 March 2022, following a hand-over from the current Critical Contingency Operator. The existing Critical Contingency Operator, Core Group, continues in the role until then.
- Determines and declares the onset of a Critical Contingency;
- Calls for load curtailment as required to balance the system;
- Continuously monitors the supply/demand balance and adjusts load curtailment directions as necessary, and
- Determines when it is safe to terminate a Critical Contingency.
- Declaring or terminating a critical contingency;
- Directing gas consumers to cease using gas (curtailment directions); and
- In cases of extended outages, informational notices concerning the status and expected duration of the critical contingency (where possible).
The CCO website also includes planning documents and reports under its Publications section, including:
- Critical contingency management plan, which sets out how the transmission system operator, First Gas, will respond during and after a critical contingency;
- Transmission system map; and
- Consultation documents.
Critical notices that pertain to the declaration or termination of a Critical Contingency as well as notices directing gas consumers to cease using gas (curtailment directions).
In June 2020 the CCO at the time was audited against the CCO Service Provider Agreement and the CCM Regulations. No areas of non-conformance were identified. A summary of this audit is found below.