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OTS Code Panel

23/10/2019
MarketWholesale Meetings

 

The Operational Transportation Service Code Panel (the Panel) supports the Pipeline Capacity Trading market by consulting on and proposing changes to the Operational Transportation Service Code (the Code). The Code is a regulatory framework which enables a standard set of terms and conditions for the transportation of secondary gas capacity.

Panel meetings

The OTS Code Panel meets biannually to discuss Code amendment proposals. The next meeting is to be held on Monday 16 March 2020. 

Participants who want to identify a prospective change to the OTS Code should submit an amendment proposal to otscodepanel@aemo.com.au using the template below. 

Membership

As outlined in NGR 606 and the Procedures, the OTS Code Panel will consist of:

  • two persons nominated and elected as members by transportation service providers who are registered with AEMO as facility operators to represent transportation service providers;
  • two persons nominated and elected as members by transportation facility users who are also Registered participants or gas trading exchange members, one of whom must be appointed to represent transportation facility users generally and one of whom must be appointed to represent large users of natural gas;
  • one person appointed as a member by AEMO to represent AEMO

In this case, "transportation service providers" and "transportation facility users" refer to those registered as such in the Pipeline Capacity Trading market. 

Nominees and Members must represent Registered Participants. Members must meet the criteria outlined in NGR 607 (4) and 608. AEMO has defined a "large user" as one with a daily throughput of more than 10 TJ.

Panel members

Nominations for the above roles were opened on Thursday 24th October 2019. An election was held for the Transportation Service Provider Member roles and Origin was appointed to role of Transportation Facility User (Large) Member. The Transportation Facility User (General) role remains unfilled. The term of a member is 24 months from the date of appointment. The details of members are as follows:

Transportation Service Provider: Australian Pipeline Ltd, appointed 31 December 2019
Transportation Service Provider: Jemena Eastern Gas Pipeline (1) Pty Ltd, appointed 31 December 2019
Transportation Facility User (Large): Origin Energy Retail Limited, appointed 15 November 2019

As outlined in the Procedures, nominations for the role of Transportation Facility User (General) must be made using the nomination form and submitted to otscodepanel@aemo.com.au

Nominated representatives

As outlined in the Procedures, Market Participants may nominate an individual to represent their organisation. Nominated Representatives will act as a point of contact between AEMO and their company as an authorised delegate. Only Nominated Representatives can be nominated to be Members of the Panel and vote to elect Members within their Voter Category.

Election procedures and operating manual

The Operational Transportation Service Code Election Procedures and Operating Manual (the Procedures) describes the activities that Panel members are required to perform to assess and consult on Code amendment proposals in accordance with Rule 600 of the National Gas Rules. In addition, the Procedures also outline the processes by which AEMO must use to call for preliminary and ongoing nominations for Panel members, the process by which votes will be counted, and administrative requirements of the Panel.

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