Gas to the West Initative

Gas to the west evaluation committee

16/04/14

The Utility Regulator today publishes the members of the Gas to the West Evaluation Committee.

The Gas to the West applications will be evaluated against the DETI Published Criteria by a three member Committee acting on behalf of the Authority.  Two of the members of the Committee will be members of the Authority and the third a Director.  The members of the Committee will be Jenny Pyper, Harry McCracken and Brian McHugh.  The members of the Committee will take the decision regarding the choice of the preferred applicant.


UR launches gas to the west licence application process

06/02/14

The Utility Regulator today announces the launch of the competitive licence application process to extend the gas network in Northern Ireland to the towns of Strabane, Omagh, Enniskillen, Derrylin, Dungannon, Coalisland, Cookstown and Magherafelt. To view a press release announcing the launch, please click here.

Two exclusive gas conveyance licences will be awarded, one for high pressure assets and another for low pressure assets.  In addition to the network design data we have already published in October 2013, we are publishing the applicant information pack and associated annexes.  The deadline for receipt of applications for these licences is Tuesday 6 May at 12.00 noon.  It is intended that the two licences will be granted in October 2014.

Gas Network Extensions in Northern Ireland: Gas to the West: Applicant Information Pack.

Accompanying annexes:

Annex 1 - Disclaimer and notices
Annex 2 - on the DETI Grant Funding– Likely requirements in respect of social clauses
Annex 3 - Form of application reproduced from the Regulations
Annex 4 - Standard licence conditions
Annex 5 - High pressure operational business plan template
Annex 6 - Low pressure operational business plan template
Annex 7 - High pressure workbook notes
Annex 8 - Low pressure workbook notes
Annex 9 - High pressure data input workbook
Annex 10 - Low pressure data input workbook

The development of the competitive licence application process follows extensive consultation with industry.  In April 2013 we published a consultation paper seeking the views of interested parties on how the competitive process to award the necessary licences should be conducted.  We received 8 responses.  Two of the responses were confidential and the other six are published below:

Bord Gais Networks
The Consumer Council
Federation of Small Business
Firmus Energy
Phoenix Natural Gas
United Dairy Farmers

Today we also publish the conclusions paper explaining our decisions on the conduct of the process.

Gas network extensions in Northern Ireland: A conclusions paper

All applications and correspondence relating to the gas to the west project should be sent to:  mailto:gastothewest@uregni.gov.uk

or Gas to the west project team
Utility Regulator
Queens House
14 Queen Street
Belfast
BT1 6ED

 

Gas Network Extensions in NI: Approach to comparing high pressure licence applications

06/02/14

The Utility Regulator today publishes a consultation paper seeking views on our approach to comparing applications for the high pressure gas conveyance licence in the Gas to the West area. 

In our conclusions paper setting out our decisions on the Gas to the West licence application process we concluded that, those applicants seeking the high pressure gas conveyance licence had the option of making their application on either a ‘revenue cap’ or ‘cost pass through’ treatment of operating expenditure. We recognised that in order to effectively compare applications made on either basis an adjustment would be required to reflect the different level of risk borne by investors under each option. This consultation paper discusses a proposed methodology for calculating the necessary adjustment and a range of values within which the final adjustment figure is likely to fall

Any responses to the consultation should be received no later than 5pm Thursday 20 March 2014, preferably in electronic format to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or alternatively sent to the address below:

Graham Craig
Utility Regulator
Queens House
14 Queen Street
Belfast
BT1 6ED

Copies of the document will be made available in large print, Braille, audio cassette and a variety of minority languages if required.


Related documents:

Application process

Gas to the West update - October 2013

Network design information

Appendix B - distribution system designs

Appendix D - transmission network design

Appendix E - environmental constraints maps

Consultation process

 Gas to the West consultation paper

Gas to the West consultation data input spreadsheets

Gas to the West consultation appendix a1

Gas to the West consultation appendix b1 design

Gas to the West consultation appendix b1distribution maps

Gas to the West consultation appendix d

Gas to the West consultation appendix e

Gas network extension discussion paper

Extending gas network in Northern Ireland - DETI presentation

Extending gas network in Northern Ireland presentation June 2012

Summary of gas network extension discussions

Additional Information

14/01/2013 - The Utility Regulator is pursuing extending natural gas to the west of Northern Ireland.  The Energy Minister welcomes this move.

External Links

DETI energy

http://www.detini.gov.uk/deti-energy-index.htm