Following consideration of submissions on the CRN, the next step of the new VTC amendment process is the issuing of a Draft Change Request. As with the CRN, GIC or any other stakeholders may make a submission on a VTC Draft Change Request.
In relation to Congestion Management, Vector issued a Draft Change Request on 8 June 2015. Submissions on the Draft Change Request closed on 29 June 2015 and are available from: https://www.oatis.co.nz/Ngc.Oatis.UI.Web.Internet/Common/Publications.aspx.
On 1 July 2015 Vector advised stakeholders as follows:
‘On behalf of the Gas Industry Transmission Access Working Group (GITAWG), on 1 May 2015 Vector proposed a change request introducing congestion management arrangements on the Vector transmission system.
Submissions on the initial notification closed on 22 May 2015 and a draft change request was issued on 8 June 2015. Submissions on this second round of consultation closed on Monday 29 June and have now been published on www.oatis.co.nz on the Vector publications page.
The submissions received suggest there is some misunderstanding of the proposal within the wider industry. The GIC's submission indicates that responses provided to the substantive issues set out in their initial submission did not adequately address their concerns.
Vector and its Shippers want to ensure that any proposal adopted into the VTC is properly framed and well-communicated to the wider industry. To that end, they want to take more time to further engage with the GIC on the issues it has raised.
For the reasons set out above, Vector proposes to withdraw this change request by not issuing a final change request for voting within the prescribed time period.
Vector and its Shippers will seek to meet with the GIC in the near future to discuss the next steps on progressing these arrangements.’