We are an independent non-ministerial government department set up to ensure the effective regulation of the Electricity, Gas and Water and Sewerage industries in Northern Ireland.


Applying for a Gas Licence
Details of how to apply for a gas supply licence, gas conveyance or gas storage licence can be accessed here.  An application for a gas licence will now be assessed against DETI licence criteria.

Additional information is available from:

Gas (Applications for Licences and Extensions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996 No 447
Gas (Applications for Licences & Extensions) (Amendment) Regulations (NI) 2010 No. 326
The Gas (Applications for Licences & Extensions) (Amendment) Regulations (NI) 2013 No 24
The Gas (Applications for Licences & Extensions) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations (NI) 2013 No. 281

Please note that being granted a licence does not mean that we have given any endorsement to the applicant or any associated person, their financial status or their business plan or methods. We do not give any guarantee or warranty that the licensee or any related person is ‘fit and proper’. By applying to us for a licence you agree that the applicant and any related persons agree not to make any representations to the contrary.

Designated Pipeline Operators
Premier Transmission Limited (PTL) operate the Scotland to Northern Ireland (SNIP) pipeline.

Belfast Gas Transmission Limited (BGTL) are licensed to convey gas from Ballylumford Powerstation to the Greater Belfast and Larne areas.

BGE Northern Ireland (BGE (NI)) are licensed to convey gas in the North West Pipeline and the South North Pipeline.

Northern Ireland Gas Distribution Companies
Phoenix Natural Gas Limited (PNG) operate the distribution network in the Greater Belfast and Larne areas.

firmus energy are licensed for the conveyance of gas within the towns along the route of North West and South North Pipelines. firmus Energy is committed to the construction of distribution networks in the towns of: Ballymena, Ballymoney, Coleraine, Londonderry, Limavady, Antrim, Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon and Newry.

SGN Natural Gas are licensed to conveyance gas within the West distribution licensed area.

Northern Ireland Gas Supply Companies
A number of companies hold gas supply licences to supply gas to consumers within the gas distribution network areas in Northern Ireland. These suppliers are listed below, however some of the companies holding gas supply licences are not active within the gas markets. 

In addition British Gas Trading Ltd, AES Ballylumford Ltd and Power NI Energy Ltd (formally NIE Plc) each hold a licence to supply gas within Ballylumford powerstation, and Coolkeeragh ESB Ltd hold a licence to supply natural gas within Coolkeeragh powerstation.

Current Gas Licence Holders

Conveyance Licences
Belfast Gas Transmission Limited (BGTL)
Premier Transmission Limited (PTL)
Northern Ireland Energy Holdings Limited (NIEH)

Phoenix Natural Gas Limited - Distribution
firmus Energy Ltd - Distribution
SGN Natural Gas Limited - Distribution

Supply Licences
SSE Airtricity Gas Supply (NI) Ltd
firmus energy (Supply) Ltd - Ten Towns
firmus energy (Supply) Ltd - Greater Belfast Area
Vayu Limited
Electric Ireland
Go Power
Flogas Natural Gas Limited

Power NI Energy Limited
SSE Airtricity Energy Supply (NI) Ltd
ONI Gas Limited

SSE Energy Supply Limited
Viridian Energy Limited

AES Ballylumford Limited
British Gas Trading Limited
Coolkeeragh ESB Limited
Power NI Energy Limited (formally NIE plc)

Storage Licence
Islandmagee Storage Ltd

Access to register of gas licences
The register of all gas licensees are available for inspection at the offices of the Utility Regulator, Queens House, 14 Queens Street, Belfast, BT1 6ED.  Additionally, where a map or maps form part of the documents provided in support of the application these are also available for inspection. Documents can be inspected between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).

You should contact Karen McConnell, 028 9031 6342 (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) to arrange a suitable time to inspect the documentation.