An industry group was established in 2013 to progress the recommendations of a Panel of Expert Advisers (PEA) in respect of the Gas Transmission Investment Programme (GTIP). The group was originally known as the Gas Industry Experts Working Group (GIEWG) and latterly as the Gas Industry Transmission Access Working Group (GITAWG). The GIEWG developed a work programme that included a set of VTC changes one of which was to change the code change process itself. The aim was to consolidate the lessons learned from past code changes, and to introduce a more ‘collaborative approach’.
Since the VTC was introduced in 2007, parties could (and often did) change the code without Gas Industry Co’s involvement. Gas Industry Co only became involved when one of the parties appealed a decision to make (or not to make) a proposed code change. However, recognising the special nature of the proposed change to the VTC’s amendment process, the GIEWG decided to seek Gas Industry Co’s views on the proposal, as well as the views of other stakeholders. On 19 November 2014 the GIEWG sent Gas Industry Co an early copy of the proposed change, still subject to final drafting comments from Shippers.
Gas Industry Co provided favourable comments to the GIEWG on 18 December 2014. That letter and the proposed change to the change request can be found below in Related Documents, which also includes the 1 April 2015 VTC which incorporates the new process and GITAWGs Quarterly Report to 31 December 2014 which discusses the group's progress.