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.
To date, Gas Industry Co has taken a non-regulated approach to managing this work. In particular, in 2009, we issued a set of Interconnection Guidelines setting out our view on the features of good interconnection processes. Since becoming sole owner of the transmission pipelines, First Gas has reviewed and unified and transmission pipeline interconnection arrangements as part of the GTAC development. This includes developing an Interconnection Policy explaining how First Gas will facilitate new interconnections and setting out key terms of interconnection. In this work programme’s related pages:
The Current Arrangements section refers to the most recent review of the current arrangements which are expected to remain unchanged until the new Gas Transmission Access Code (GTAC) is introduced.
The Developing section contains our review of how First Gas’ new interconnection arrangements, that will come into effect with the new Gas Transmission Access Code (GTAC), compare to the Interconnection Guidelines.
The Background section contains information on how the Guidelines on Interconnection were developed and reviews of the Interconnection arrangements.