The Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) has sought views/comments on the draft Access code for City or Local Natural Gas Distribution Networks Regulations, 2020. The last date for the submission of views/comments is October 27, 2020. Further, in order to finalise these regulations, PNGRB would conduct an open house meeting with the concerned entities and other stakeholders, including those who have submitted their comments, on November 2, 2020.

These regulations will apply to authorised entity in a geographic area (GA) on being declared as common carrier or contract carrier in terms of PNGRB (Guiding Principles for Declaring City or Local Natural Gas Distribution Networks as Common Carrier or Contract Carrier) Regulations, 2020 and PNGRB (Exclusivity for City or Local Natural Gas Distribution Network) Regulations, 2008. They will also be applicable for any shipper who intends to utilise the capacity in the city gas distribution network of such GA.

The authorised entity will allow access to shippers on non-discriminatory basis to a city or local natural gas distribution network in an authorised area. Further, the development of infrastructure will be governed by PNGRB (Authorising Entities to Lay, Build, Operate or Expand City or Local Natural Gas Distribution Networks) Regulations, 2008. The shippers will get their gas transported or delivered by the authorised entity up to the suraksha hose connecting to the burner of the domestic six connections; up to the metering point in case of commercial and industrial connections; and up to compressor exit point in case of compressed natural gas (CNG) stations. However, if the CNG compressor is installed by the shipper, then shipper will receive the gas at CNG compressor entry point.