Examination of the current test for the regulation of gas pipelines

Publication date: Wednesday, 14th December 2016.

On 19 August 2016, the Energy Council (the Council) released a comprehensive Gas Market Reform Package responding to the findings and recommendations of the Australian Energy Market Commission’s (AEMC) Eastern Australian Wholesale Gas Market and Pipelines Framework Review: Stage 2 Final Report and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) Inquiry into the East Coast Gas Market.  

A key component of the reform package was examining, in consultation with stakeholders, whether a new test for determining if a gas transportation pipeline should be subject to economic regulation is needed. Dr Michael Vertigan AC was appointed to undertake the examination and was tasked to report back to Energy Ministers at the December 2016 Council meeting.

A consultation paper was released on 4 October 2016 seeking stakeholder feedback responding to the relevant findings of the ACCC Inquiry, the significance of the problems identified, the effectiveness of the existing regulatory test, the appropriateness of the ACCC’s proposed market power test and, if a change in regulatory arrangements is warranted, alternative means of achieving this.  Submissions closed 18 October 2016.

The final report of the Examination of the current test for the regulation of gas pipelines was released on 14 December 2016, and is available in the file list below.

The Energy Council response to the report can be found in the December meeting Communique.

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Submissions:

All stakeholder submissions received in response to this consultation process are available below, excluding where stakeholders clearly indicated that a submission should remain confidential, either in whole or in part.
Submissions were received on a confidential basis by the following stakeholders:

  • Blue Energy
  • EnergyAustralia
  • ERM Power
  • Senex Energy
  • Tas Gas Retail

Files

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PDF icon Examination of the current test for the regulation of gas pipelines - Final Report.pdf814.8 KB
File Examination of the current test for the regulation of gas pipelines - Final Report.docx502.88 KB
PDF icon Examination of the gas pipeline coverage test Consultation Paper - October 2016293.38 KB
File Examination of the gas pipeline coverage test Consultation Paper - October 201665.12 KB
PDF icon ACCC response to gas pipeline coverage test consultation1.04 MB
PDF icon AEC response to gas pipeline coverage test consultation153.94 KB
PDF icon AGL response to gas pipeline coverage test consultation113.82 KB
PDF icon AGNL response to gas pipeline coverage test consultation105.83 KB
PDF icon APA response to gas pipeline coverage test consultation - Letter82.8 KB
PDF icon APA response to gas pipeline coverage test consultation - Submission1.33 MB
PDF icon APA response to gas pipeline coverage test consultation - CEG Report 11.12 MB
PDF icon APA response to gas pipeline coverage test consultation - CEG Report 21.12 MB
PDF icon APA response to gas pipeline coverage test consultation - HoustonKemp Report419 KB
PDF icon APA response to gas pipeline coverage test consultation - Young and Dermody Opinion3.71 MB
PDF icon APA response to gas pipeline coverage test consultation - Brattle Report991.97 KB
PDF icon APGA response to gas pipeline coverage test consultation - Letter311.63 KB
PDF icon APGA response to gas pipeline coverage test consultation - Submission1.09 MB
PDF icon APGA response to gas pipeline coverage test consultation - Frontier Economics Report427.23 KB
PDF icon APLNG response to gas pipeline coverage test consultation444.01 KB
PDF icon APPEA response to gas pipeline coverage test consultation344.67 KB
PDF icon Central Petroleum response to gas pipeline coverage test consultation1.84 MB
PDF icon DBP response to gas pipeline coverage test consultation1.22 MB
PDF icon EnCana response to gas pipeline coverage test consultation647.92 KB
PDF icon Epic Energy response to gas pipeline coverage test consultation271.34 KB
PDF icon Herbert Smith Freehills response to gas pipeline coverage test consultation381.68 KB
PDF icon IPA response to gas pipeline coverage test consultation531.22 KB
PDF icon Jemena response to gas pipeline coverage test consultation1.38 MB
PDF icon MEU response to gas pipeline coverage test consultation3.5 MB
PDF icon NCC response to gas pipeline coverage test consultation407.56 KB
PDF icon Origin response to gas pipeline coverage test consultation198.37 KB
PDF icon PACIA response to gas pipeline coverage test consultation488.93 KB
PDF icon Public Interest Advocacy Centre response to gas pipeline coverage test consultation621.67 KB
PDF icon Santos response to gas pipeline coverage test consultation86.24 KB
PDF icon SEA Gas response to gas pipeline coverage test consultation348.47 KB
PDF icon Shell response to gas pipeline coverage test consultation2.9 MB
PDF icon TGP response to gas pipeline coverage test consultation485.48 KB
PDF icon Tri-Star Petroleum response to gas pipeline coverage test consultation3.57 MB

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