icon-gas Gas distribution access arrangement 2006-2011

  • Project Released: 23 Aug 2004
  • Project Closes: 30 Sep 2007
  • Contact: Nathan Petrus

Overview

The Envestra access arrangement sets out terms and conditions of access to the SA gas distribution system.

Pursuant to the Gas Pipelines Access (South Australia) Act 1997 (GPA Act), Envestra submitted to the Commission proposed revisions to the access arrangement to take effect from 1 July 2006.

In October 2006, the Commission finalised its review of the SA Gas distribution access arrangement. In accordance with the requirements of the National Third Party Access Code for Natural Gas Pipeline Systems (the Code), a revised access arrangement was approved by the Commission to take effect from 13 November 2006 to 30 June 2011.

On 10 November 2006, Envestra lodged an application for review of certain aspects of the Commission's decision pursuant to section 39(1) of Schedule 1 to the GPA Act. On 27 August 2007, the District Court gave judgment on Envestra's review application. The outcome of this judgment is reflected in an amended access arrangement and access arrangement explanatory information, released in September 2007.

Status

Current status is Final

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Further final decision

In accordance with the requirements of the National Third Party Access Code for Natural Gas Pipeline Systems (the Code), the Commission has issued its further final decision on the revisions proposed by Envestra Ltd to the access arrangement for its gas distribution system in South Australia.

In its final decision on this matter, issued on 30 June 2006, the Commission determined that it did not approve all of Envestra's proposed revisions on the basis that they did not meet the requirements of the Code. In accordance with the Code, it required Envestra to submit amended revisions to the Access Arrangement (and to the accompanying access arrangement Information ) in satisfaction of the Commission's final decision.

The further final decision details the Commission's consideration of the amended revisions to the access arrangement (and the amended Access Arrangement Information) submitted by Envestra following the Commission's final decision.

In accordance with section 2.41 of the Code, the Commission has not approved the amended revisions to the access arrangement on the basis that they do not incorporate or substantially incorporate the amendments specified in the final decision or otherwise address to the Commission's satisfaction the reasons for the amendments specified in the final decision. The Commission has therefore, in accordance with section 2.42 of the Code, drafted and approved its own amended revisions to the access arrangement. The revised access arrangement will have effect for the period 13 November 2006 - 30 June 2011.

As set out in the further final decision, the Commission is also not satisfied that the amended access arrangement information meets the requirements of the Code. Consequently, the Commission has drafted and approved an explanatory document, the access arrangement explanatory information, which provides an explanation of the key aspects of the approved revised access arrangement.

The Commission's decision allows for haulage reference tariff increases of 0.2% above CPI per year from 1 July 2007.

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Appeal

On 10 November 2006, Envestra lodged an application for review of certain aspects of the Commission's decision pursuant to section 39(1) of Schedule 1 to the GPA Act. On 27 August 2007, the District Court gave judgment on Envestra's review application.

The access arrangement and access arrangement explanatory information documents reflect the decisions and orders of the District Court of South Australia in respect of the review application.

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