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: 24th Mar 2005
  • Closed: 6th May 2005
  • Consultations and responses
  • 5 Associated documents
Consultation on an application by Scottish Power Energy Management Limited on behalf of Holford Gas Storage Ltd for an exemption.

  • Published: 15th Mar 2005
  • Closed: 29th Apr 2005
  • Consultations and responses
  • 4 Associated documents
Consultation on an application by Caythorpe Gas Storage Limited for an exemption under section 19(A) of the Gas Act 1986 from section 19B of the Gas Act 1986.

  • Published: 21st Feb 2005
  • Agendas, minutes and presentations
  • 1 Associated documents

  • Published: 11th Feb 2005
  • Open letters and correspondence
  • 1 Associated documents
European Commission decision on Ofgem’s decision to grant South Hook LNG Terminal Company Ltd (SHTCL) and Grain LNG Ltd (GLNG) an exemption.

  • Published: 8th Feb 2005
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
Decision on Energy Merchants Gas Storage (UK) Limited for an exemption under section 19A of the Gas Act 1986 from section 19B of the Gas Act 1986.

  • Published: 14th Dec 2004
  • Closed: 21st Jan 2005
  • Consultations and responses
  • 8 Associated documents
278/04 - Application by BBL Company for an interconnector licence to participate in the operation of the Balgzand Bacton Line - Ofgem Initial views.

  • Published: 13th Dec 2004
  • Closed: 13th Dec 2004
  • Consultations and responses
  • 4 Associated documents
This document provides details of an application by Energy Merchants Gas Storage (UK) Limited (EMGS) for an exemption under section 19A(2).

  • Published: 29th Nov 2004
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
Application by South Hook LNG Terminal Company Ltd (SHTCL) under section 19C of the Gas Act 1986 for an exemption from section 19D of the Gas Act 1986.

  • Published: 26th Nov 2004
  • Closed: 10th Dec 2004
  • Consultations and responses
  • 4 Associated documents
Application by Dragon LNG Limited under section 19C of the Gas Act 1986 for an exemption from section 19D of the Gas Act 1986 - Ofgem Initial views.

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