The Albury gas distribution network is owned by Australian Gas Networks (AGN – formerly known as Envestra Limited) who outsources the operation of the network to the APA Group. The network covers Albury and its surrounds extending to Jindera in the north. It consists of approximately 421km of pipeline delivering gas to over 28,000 customers.
The Albury gas distribution network was initially subject to regulation as a covered pipeline under the Gas Code by IPART. In 2002, regulation of the network was transferred to the Essential Services Commission of Victoria (ESC).
Under the National Gas (Victoria) Act 2008, the Victorian Minister has by order published in the Victorian Government Gazette (S222, 30 June 2009) declared that the four distribution pipelines and the transmission pipeline that had been covered under the Gas Code are classified as ‘designated pipelines’. These are the SP AusNet, Envestra (Vic) (now AGN Vic), Multinet and Envestra (Albury) (now AGN Albury) gas distribution networks and the Victorian Transmission System. As a result, these pipelines remain under full regulation and cannot be the subject of a light regulation determination (under ss. 109 and 111 of the NGL).
The Albury gas distribution network is subject to full regulation by the AER under the NGR. On 23 March 2016, the AER issued a direction to AGN to consolidate the two access arrangements for its Victorian and Albury gas distribution networks with effect from the access arrangement period commencing, 1 January 2018.