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
* The Gas (Applications for Licences & Extensions) (Amendment) Regulations (NI) 2013
Please note that being granted a licence does not mean that the Utility Regulator has given any endorsement to the applicant or any associated person, their financial status or their business plan or methods. The Utility Regulator does not give any guarantee or warranty that the licensee or any related person is ‘fit and proper’.
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.
Northern Ireland Gas Supply Companies
British Gas Trading (BGT), Premier Power and NIE each hold a license to supply gas within Ballylumford powerstation.
Coolkeeragh (ESB) hold a licence to supply natural gas within Coolkeeragh powerstation. Bord Gais Eireann Energy Supply hold a licence to supply gas within both Northern Ireland powerstations.
Airtricity Gas Supply (NI) Ltd, Viridian Energy Supply Ltd (Energia), firmus Energy and VAYU hold licences to supply gas within the Greater Belfast and Larne areas (where Airtricity Gas Supply (NI) Ltd) does not hold exclusivity).
firmus energy hold a licence to supply gas within the towns along the route of the North West and South North pipelines.
Current Gas Licence Holders
Airtricity Gas Supply NI Ltd
firmus energy (Supply) Ltd Greater Belfast Area
firmus energy (supply) Ltd - Ten Towns
British Gas Trading Ltd
ESBIE (Electric Ireland) Supply
Coolkeeragh ESB Ltd (formally ESBII Ltd)
NIE Energy Ltd (formally NIE plc)
ONI Gas Ltd
AES Ballylumford (formally Premier Power Ltd)
Energia (Viridian Energy Supply 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 () to arrange a suitable time to inspect the documentation.