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Firstgas high pressure gas transmission pipelines

Firstgas owns and operates more than 2,500 kms of high pressure gas transmission pipelines and stations that supply natural gas from Taranaki to consumers throughout the North Island.

As we are the sole provider of this transmission infrastructure, we are regulated by the Commerce Commission under Part 4 of the Commerce Act 1986.

We are subject to:

  • Price-quality path regulation, which sets the prices we can charge and the level of service we must provide our customers; and
  • Information disclosure requirements, which requires us to publish information about our financial and non-financial performance.

The following documents demonstrate our compliance with the regulatory regime and are required to be disclosed annually:

  • Asset management plan
  • Gas transmission code
  • Pricing
  • Standard transmission contracts
  • Capital contribution policy
  • Peak flows and capacity
  • Information disclosure
  • Price-quality path compliance statements
  • Pricing methodology
  • Contract disclosure

Gas Transmission Code

Our gas transmission codes set out the terms and conditions for accessing and using the Firstgas transmission pipelines.

Capital Contribution Policy

Our Capital Contribution Policy sets out the costs for parties looking to connect to our gas transmission network.

Information disclosure

Firstgas is required to publish annual performance information on its transmission network, covering matters such as measures of quality, prices, financial information, and forecasts of future expenditure (including planned investment).

Price-quality path compliance statements

Firstgas is subject to a default price-quality path (DPP) under Part 4 of the Commerce Act. The DPP sets a revenue cap for our transmission business and determines the service quality standard we must meet across our network. The following documents show our compliance with this regulatory regime.

In January 2021, Firstgas discovered an immaterial error in the value of local body rates included in recoverable costs in the FY2020 Compliance Statement. The value of rates has been corrected in the Compliance Statement updated in February 2021 and the Wash-up Amount for FY2020 has reduced by $127,000 from that previously disclosed.

Stakeholder information sessions

View presentations and webinars that explore the role of natural gas in New Zealand’s energy transition.

Regulation of the gas market

For further information on regulation under Part 4 of the Commerce Act 1986, please visit the Commerce Commission website here.

Market and access arrangements in the gas industry are regulated by the Gas Industry Company (GIC).

More information on the GIC is available here.

Contact our Regulatory Team

For more information regarding regulation of our gas transmission business, please contact our regulatory team.