The Albury gas 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 368km of pipeline delivering gas to around 20 000 customers.
The Albury gas 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).
In enacting the National Gas Law and Rules, the National Gas (Victoria) Act 2008 specifies that access arrangements cannot be consolidated for any of the covered pipelines in Victoria (s. 35). In addition, 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), Multinet and Envestra (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 Envestra (Albury) gas network is subject to full regulation by the AER under the NGR.