Gas to the West Initative
Gas to the west - answers to clarification questions
The Utility Regulator today publishes its response to a number of clarification questions which interested parties have asked about the licence application process for the gas to the west project.
As part of the application process, interested parties have been provided with an opportunity to seek clarification on any issues related to the process and the licences to be granted. So as to provide all potential applicants with the same information these clarification questions and the Utility Regulator’s response are to be published on the Gas to the West webpage in annonomised form.
UR launches gas to the west licence application process
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.
• 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:
Today we also publish the conclusions paper explaining our decisions on the conduct of the process.
All applications and correspondence relating to the gas to the west project should be sent to: mailto:email@example.com
or Gas to the west project team
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Gas Network Extensions in NI: Approach to comparing high pressure licence applications
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
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Copies of the document will be made available in large print, Braille, audio cassette and a variety of minority languages if required.
Network design information
14/01/2013 - The Utility Regulator is pursuing extending natural gas to the west of Northern Ireland. The Energy Minister welcomes this move.