FE CMA Annex 6 - FE Licence

Published date29 March 2018
Energy SectorGas
FE Licence
Last Modified: 15 January 2018
Firmus Energy (Distribution) Limited
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LICENCE FOR THE CONVEYANCE
OF GAS IN NORTHERN IRELAND
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Licence granted to Bord Gais Eireann on 24 March 2005 and assigned to BGE (NI) Distribution Ltd from
20 June 2005. BGE (NI) Distribution Ltd changed name to Firmus Energy (Distribution) Limited from 4
May 2006.
FE Licence
CONTENTS
Page
GRANT AND TERMS OF LICENCE ...................................................................................... 1
PART 1 GENERAL CONDITIONS APPLICABLE TO THE LICENCE HOLDER .............. 3
Condition 1.1: Interpretation and Construction ......................................................................... 3
Condition 1.2: Separate Accounts for Separate Businesses ..................................................... 12
Condition 1.3: Provision of Information to the Authority ....................................................... 17
Condition 1.4: Consultation with the General Consumer Council .......................................... 19
Condition 1.5: Restriction on Use of Certain Information ...................................................... 20
Condition 1.6: Powers of Entry ............................................................................................... 23
Condition 1.7: Authorisation of Persons .................................................................................. 25
Condition 1.8: Exercise of Powers of Entry ............................................................................ 27
Condition 1.9: Modifications ................................................................................................... 28
Condition 1.10: Assignment of Licences ................................................................................. 29
Condition 1.11: Transfer of Business ...................................................................................... 30
Condition 1.12: Disposal of Relevant Assets .......................................................................... 31
Condition 1.13: Payment of Fees to the Authority .................................................................. 34
Condition 1.14: Notices ........................................................................................................... 37
Condition 1.15: Not Used ........................................................................................................ 39
Condition 1.16: Independence of the Licensed Business ........................................................ 40
Condition 1.17: Business Separation Compliance Plan ........................................................... 46
Condition 1.18: Not Used ........................................................................................................ 51
Condition 1.19: Not Used ........................................................................................................ 51
Condition 1.20: Not Used ........................................................................................................ 51
Condition 1.21: Not Used ........................................................................................................ 51
Condition 1.22: Not Used ........................................................................................................ 51
Condition 1.23: Systems to Facilitate Change of Supplier ...................................................... 52
Condition 1.24: Prohibition of Discrimination in provision of services .................................. 54
Condition 1.25: Provision of Information to Gas Suppliers .................................................... 55
Condition 1.26: Regulatory Instructions and Guidance ........................................................... 56
PART 2 CONDITIONS APPLICABLE TO THE CONVEYANCE OF GAS BY THE
LICENCE HOLDER ............................................................................................................... 61
Condition 2.1 Not Used ....................................................................................................... 61
FE Licence
Condition 2.2: Conveyance Charges, Other Terms for the Conveyance of Gas and the
provision of Conveyance services ........................................................................................... 62
Condition 2.2A: Terms and Conditions of Gas Contracts with Domestic Consumers ............ 67
Condition 2.3: Connection Charges and Obligation to permit a Connection .......................... 70
Condition 2.4: Network Code .................................................................................................. 77
Condition 2.4A Compliance with System Operator Agreements ............................................ 84
Condition 2.5: Provision and Return of Meters ....................................................................... 85
Condition 2.6: Conduct of Transportation Business ............................................................... 90
Condition 2.6A: Provision of information to a relevant gas licence holder ............................ 92
Condition 2.7: Emergency Services and Obligations .............................................................. 94
Condition 2.7A: Distribution Marketing Code ........................................................................ 98
Condition 2.8: Standards of Performance .............................................................................. 101
Condition 2.8A: Complaints Handling Procedure ................................................................. 103
Condition 2.9: Maintenance of Records ................................................................................ 105
Condition 2.9A: Consumer Information Code....................................................................... 106
Condition 2.9B: Preparation, Revision Of and Compliance with Codes of Practice ............ 108
Condition 2.11: Network Forecasts ....................................................................................... 112
Condition 2.11A: Forecasting Party Agreement .................................................................... 114
Condition 2.12: Exit Capacity Booking ................................................................................. 117
Condition 2.13 Not Used ...................................................................................................... 119
Condition 2.14: System Operator Designation ..................................................................... 120
Condition 2.15: Not Used ..................................................................................................... 121
Condition 2.16: Common Branding ....................................................................................... 122
Condition 2.17: Common Network Tariff ............................................................................. 123
Condition 2.18: Reasonable and Prudent Operator................................................................ 124
Condition 2.19: Trading with Associated Businesses ............................................................ 125
PART 3: DEVELOPMENT PLAN ....................................................................................... 127
Condition 3.1 Definitions................................................................................................... 127
Condition 3.2 Development Plan ....................................................................................... 130
Condition 3.3: Not Used ....................................................................................................... 136
Condition 3.4 Provision of Information Concerning Market Development .......................... 137
Condition 3.5 Provision of Information ............................................................................. 138
Condition 3.6 Notification of opening of supply market ................................................... 139
Condition 3.7 Prohibition on conveyance by means of transmission pipe-lines ............... 140
Condition 3.8 Undertaking from holding company ............................................................ 141

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