Third party access exemptions

Open and non-discriminatory access to the networks by those who do not own the physical network infrastructure, known as third party access (TPA), is fundamental in facilitating greater competition and making energy markets work effectively.

Owners and operators of the electricity networks, the transmission system operator (SO) and the distribution system operators (DSOs), and the owners/ operators of interconnectors, are obliged by European legislation and related licence conditions to provide non-discriminatory access to their lines, pipes and other facilities to third parties.

Under EU legislation, interconnectors, storage facilities and LNG import terminals may apply for an exemption from being required to offer access to third parties. This route is intended to promote the development of such facilities within GB.

Ofgem considers each request for exemption on a case by case basis to see if certain criteria set out in legislation  are met. We have already taken a number of decisions to provide exemptions.

As part of the granting of an exemption we may, and in some circumstances are  required to, impose certain conditions on the operation of the facility (for example, the exemption may be limited to a certain time period).    

The GB Markets team oversees the process for considering applications for exemption from the Directive Regulated Third Party Access (RTPA) requirements. This largely covers the following types of infrastructure development:

  • gas and electricity interconnectors to other countries
  • gas storage facilities
  • Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) importation facilities.

 

Publications and updates

  • Published: 19th Nov 2007
  • Other
  • 1 Associated documents
Amendment to the exemption order issued to BritNed Development Ltd ("BritNed") under condition 12 of the electricity interconnector licence granted to BritNed in respect of the BritNed interconnector

  • Published: 25th Oct 2007
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
Final Decision and exemption order for SSE Hornsea Ltd's application for an exemption from section 19B of the Gas Act 1986 for their share of the proposed medium-range storage facility at Aldbrough

  • Published: 25th Oct 2007
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
Final Decision and exemption order for Statoil UK Ltd's application for an exemption from Section 19B of the Gas Act 1986 for their share in the proposed medium-range storage facility at Aldbrough

  • Published: 10th Oct 2007
  • Closed: 19th Oct 2007
  • Consultations and responses
  • 1 Associated documents
Draft Decision letter on SSE Hornsea Ltd’s application for an exemption from section 19B of the Gas Act 1986 for their share of the proposed medium-range storage facility at Aldbrough

  • Published: 10th Oct 2007
  • Closed: 19th Oct 2007
  • Consultations and responses
  • 1 Associated documents
Draft Decision letter on Statoil UK Ltd’s application for an exemption from section 19B of the Gas Act 1986 for their share of the proposed medium-range storage facility at Aldbrough

  • Published: 19th Sep 2007
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
The letter sets out our role in monitoring the effectiveness of anti-hoarding arrangements at IOG and how we will respond to any potential concerns regarding the use of the terminal.

  • Published: 12th Jul 2007
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
This decision sets out Ofgem's reasons for granting an exemption to BritNed from the requirements to offer third party access to a proposed new electricity interconnector between the GB and Dutch markets.

  • Published: 6th Jul 2007
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
This document sets out Ofgem's minded to decision on UNC MOD 104 which relates to access to stock information at LNG storage facilities.

  • Published: 18th May 2007
  • Closed: 1st Jun 2007
  • Consultations and responses
  • 9 Associated documents
Consultation on UNC Modification Proposal 0104 seeking the daily publication of aggregate physical LNG in store at LNG importation facilities.

  • Published: 16th May 2007
  • Closed: 27th Jun 2007
  • Consultations and responses
  • 8 Associated documents
This is a consultation document on SSE Hornsea Limited’s application for an exemption from offering terms for third party access.

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