In July 2003 the CER directed Bord Gáis Eireann to implement an Entry/Exit regime to replace the then point to point regime in Ireland.
An Entry/Exit regime requires the separation of entry and exit capacity in terms of definition, booking, allocation and charging. This also changes the way in which capacity is offered for sale and then allocated.
Following extensive industry consultation the CER approved a Code of Operations and directed Bord Gáis Eireann to publish the Code to bring into effect the Entry/Exit regime, which occurred on 1 April 2005.
The intention of the Code is to outline the rights and responsibilities of each party involved in the transportation of natural gas through the Transportation System, which includes both the transmission and distribution systems. It sets out the working principles that govern the activities of Bord Gáis Eireann, as the natural gas Transporter, and Shippers including; capacity, balancing, allocations, nominations, measurement and maintenance.
In recognition of the changing environment, modifications to the Code are provided for via the Code Modification Forum. A monthly meeting of this Forum permits Shippers and the Transporter to propose, discuss and implement, with the approval of the Commission, modifications to the current operational rules. Further information may be accessed from the Bord Gáis Networks.
Links to the various documents relating to the Code are available alongside this article (See Also)