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Third party gas connections

This section contains information about Independent Connections Providers and Independent Gas Transporters.

Independent Connections Providers (ICP)

You may already be aware that the Gas Act 1986 (as amended 1995) gives the owner/ occupier of premises the right to provide and lay their own gas supply, to have that gas supply connected to Wales & West Utilities' network and, if fit for purpose, to offer ownership of the pipe(s) to a Gas Transporter (GT) such as Wales & West Utilities (WWU).

Although the statement above may appear straightforward, there are situations where the design specification, construction or safety criteria would prevent WWU from adopting the new pipe.

To help avoid this type of situation, a suite of procedures has been developed, which provide the criteria for adoption of the new pipe by WWU. However, the primary concern of all involved is one of safety. To achieve this WWU will need to review relevant records and verify the quality of installation, workmanship and pipework. In this regard it is essential that anyone wishing to follow this process should meet the following key requirements:

  • Advance notification is served on Wales & West Utilities.
  • The designer of the pipe or system must be able to provide evidence of competency.
  • Persons used in constructing the pipe or system must be competent and qualified in installing gas distribution systems and possess recent, relevant experience. CORGI registered persons are not normally included in this category unless they possess additional qualifications in this area.
  • The applicant must apply for planning permission for the pipe or system under the relevant planning legislation and provide WWU with the response giving authority to proceed obtained from the Planning Authority prior to commencement of works.
  • Where excavation is required in the public highway or street, the applicant must obtain a license from the appropriate Highway Authority in compliance with Section 50 of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (Section 109 in Scotland).
  • The applicant must enter into a contract with WWU for the connection of the pipe or system to WWU's network, and must comply with obligations and conditions set out in the contract.

The pipe or system will need to be designed and constructed in accordance with recognised industry standards. WWU will only connect, or allow to be connected, new pipes or systems that satisfy the relevant WWU procedures, are fit for purpose, meet the key requirements above, and meet the requirements of the contract with WWU for the connection of the pipe or system to WWU's network.

This framework has been supplemented by the introduction of an independent Registration Body that provides certification of UIP's under the Gas Industry Registration Scheme (GIRS), to operate within specified work activities across the industry.

In addition, WWU will allow suitably registered UIP's to carry out the final connection, service disconnection and service alteration activities on WWU's below 7 bar network, subject to contract, other conditions and compliance with the appropriate WWU procedures.

Registered UIPs also benefit from simplified GT interfaces for the adoption of gas infrastructure, consistency in validation across the industry and a strong marketing brand including a national register of UIPs available to consumers.

Please Contact:

Chris Magness
Wales & West Utilities
Wales & West House
Spooner Close
Celtic Springs
Coedkernew
Newport
NP10 8FZ

Tel: 02920 278567
Fax: 0870 1650051
Email: gtuip@wwutilities.co.uk

Independent Gas Transporters

Licensed Gas Transporters (GT) own and operate gas pipeline systems which convey gas to premises. Through their licence, which is granted for a specific geographic area, they can convey gas to premises in their licensed area or to the interface of other GT systems. This licensed area may typically be the network gas mains and service pipes installed as part of the infrastructure to new developments. A GT may provide you with a quotation for connecting a gas supply. However, a gas meter will only be installed as part of a request from a shipper. This area is still under development and for any further information please contact the relevant person in the Contacts List below:

Contacts

Recommendations on Transmission and Distribution Practise

The Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM)
Charnwood Wing
Holywell Park
Ashby Road
Loughborough
Leicestershire
LE11 3GH
TEL: 01509 282729
FAX: 01509 283110
e-mail:general@igem.org.uk

Gas Industry Guidance 2 (GIG/2) document and Gas Industry Registration Scheme (GIRS) information or to apply for registration UIP's

Ben Wright - Utilities Assistant Coordinator
Lloyd's Register of Shipping
Hiramford
Middlemarch Office Village
Siskin Drive
Coventry
CV3 4FJ
TEL: 02476 518616
FAX: 02476 305854
e-mail:utilities@lr.org

For access to the national register of GIRS accredited UIPs, Lloyd's Register information and related Internet sites a separate GIRS site is available at the following website: www.lloydsregister.co.uk/schemes/girs

Wales & West Utilities Network Policy (UIP/IGT Connection, Service Disconnection and Service Alteration Agreement application)

Richard Pomroy
Connections & Metering Regulation
Wales & West Utilities
Wales & West House
Spooner Close
Celtic Springs
Coedkernew
Newport
NP10 8FZ
TEL: 02920 278552
FAX: 02920 278914
e-mail: richard.pomroy@wwutilities.co.uk

Wales & West Utilities 3rd Party Connections Contact for General Enquiries

Chris Magness
Asset Support Manager
Wales & West Utilities
Wales & West House
Spooner Close
Celtic Springs
Coedkernew
Newport
NP10 8FZ
Tel: 02920 278567
Fax: 0870 1650051
Email: gtuip@wwutilities.co.uk

Wales & West Utilities Network Controller (AE/CP application process and SCO control)

Nicholas Andrew
Network Controller
Wales & West Utilities
Wales & West House
Spooner Close
Celtic Springs
Coedkernew
Newport
NP10 8FZ
Tel: 02920 278532
Fax: 08450 725562
Email:nicholasx.andrew@wwutilities.co.uk

Please note that the following Networks have been sold:

  • North of England
  • South of England
  • Scotland

The following networks are still managed by National Grid:

  • North West
  • West Midlands
  • East of England
  • London

Contact details for these Networks can be found through the following internet link - www.nationalgrid.com

Below is a list of external briefing notes, forms and some useful documents & guidelines

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