Rule Change: Open

Overview

On 22 October 2020 the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) published a consultation paper on a rule change request that seeks to clarify the Australian Energy Market Operator’s (AEMO’s) existing maintenance coordination function and eliminate inconsistencies between the National Gas Law (NGL) and Part 19 of the National Gas Rules (NGR).
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On 22 October 2020 the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) published a consultation paper on a rule change request that seeks to clarify the Australian Energy Market Operator’s (AEMO’s) existing maintenance coordination function and eliminate inconsistencies between the National Gas Law (NGL) and Part 19 of the National Gas Rules (NGR). Part 19 of the NGR covers the Victorian Declared Wholesale Gas Market (DWGM) only. 

The amendments seek to address: 

  1. The inconsistent system security standard required for maintenance operations. 
  2. The creation of extra maintenance directions that must be issued by AEMO to Producers. 
  3. Differences between the definitions of ‘Producer’ and ‘Storage Provider’ in the NGR and the NGL. 

The AEMC proposes to expedite this rule change on the basis that the rule is non-controversial.

Background

On 30 June 2020 the AEMC received a rule change request from AEMO to amend Part 19 of the NGR, which covers the Victorian DWGM. 

The rule change request also included a proposed rule, available below. 

Consultation process

Submissions are invited from stakeholders on the matters identified in the consultation paper, and any other relevant issue by 19 November 2020. 

Written requests objecting to use of the expedited process need to be received by 5 November 2020. 

A final determination is expected to be published by 17 December 2020. 

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