Connection to the gas distribution network
 

This section provides the following information:

  • General information as to the connection to the gas distribution network;
  • Information as to who can connect and who can offer the service;
  • Information regarding the connection procedure:
- Filing of an application for connection to the gas distribution network;
- Inspection for the connection and drafting of a written opinion as to the conditions for the connection of the site;
- Conclusion of connection agreement;
- Construction of the gas distribution facility;
- Supply of natural gas.

 

General information

The gas supply system is split into two networks and paragraph 1, points 8 and 9 of the Additional Provisions of the Energy Act (EA) provide definition thereto:

  • Gas transmission network - is a system of gas pipelines of high pressure and the facilities to them, with a unified technological regime of operation, for transmission of natural gas to the outlet of the gas measuring station or gas regulation station.
  • Gas distribution network - is a local or regional system of gas pipelines with high, medium or low pressure and the facilities to them for distribution of natural gas to the respective clients on a territory determined by a licence.

 

Who can connect and who can offer the service?

The owners and the persons to whom material right to construction or right to use a property is established may connect to the gas supply network. The gas supply service is provided by the respective network operators. Additional information on the gas distribution network is available on the website of the Energy and Water Regulatory Commission (EWRC).

 

What is the connection procedure?

Filing an application to connect to the gas distribution network

Filing an application to connect to the gas distribution network

Art. 32, para 2 of ORDINANCE No 4 of 5 November 2013 on the connection to the gas transmission and gas distribution networks provides information as to the set of documents that have to be attached to the application:

  • Certified copy of ownership document for limited material rights on the land plot or another right set by a special law for construction of the connected site on the land plot;
  • Certified copy of court certificate of current status of the trader or unified identification code (UIC);
  • Certified copy of a permit for design, plan or drawing to set the location and purpose of the connected site;
  • Declaration of consent for: the installation of the connection facility; allowing access to the connection facility to provide maintenance; establishing the right to construction in the name of the operator of the gas distribution network;
  • Description of the gas utilising devices to be installed;
  • Declaration that the person has not been declared bankrupt, is not in bankruptcy proceedings, is not undergoing liquidation, is not under ban to exercise commercial activities.

Inspection for the connection and drawing up of written opinion as to the terms and conditions for the connection of the site

Inspection for the connection and drawing up of written opinion as to the terms and conditions for the connection of the site

Once the application is filed, the gas distribution network performs inspection for the connection and draws up written opinion in respect to the terms and conditions for the connection of the site to the gas distribution network. The opinion sets out:

  • The terms and conditions, method and point (location) of the connection;
  • Proposed deadline for the connection by the gas distribution network operator;
  • Prove of the regulatory admissibility of the connected site;
  • The technical parameters and potential terms for the construction of the diversion and the connection facilities.

According to art. 34, para 2 of the Ordinance the gas distribution network operator carries out the inspection and notifies the applicant for the result thereof by providing consent to connect or well-grounded refusal within 20 working days as of the filing date of the connection application.

Art. 30, para 1 of the Ordinance provides information for the cases when the gas distribution network operator may refuse to connect an applicant, namely:

  • When there is no available network capacity at the respective entry and / or exit point of the gas distribution network;
  • When there is not connection to the gas distribution network and respectively, the required construction/reconstruction of the gas distribution network in relation to the connection is economically inappropriate and unjustified;
  • When it is technically impossible to connect a site for the production of natural gas from renewable sources or entities having extractive operations;
  • When the gas produced from renewable sources or entities having extractive operations does not meet the quality requirements set out in the provisions of art. 170,  para  3  of the EA.
Conclusion of connection agreement

Conclusion of connection agreement

The connection agreement is signed following submission to the specific operator of an application in a standard form.

In case of refusal to connect pronounced by the specific operator, the applicant has the right to appeal this decision.

The refusal may be appealed by virtue of an appeal addressed to the EWRC filed with the specific gas distribution operator refusing to connect the site .

Construction of the gas distribution facility

Construction of the gas distribution facility

 

Important to know
Important to know

The construction of the gas distribution facility is your obligation and will be at your expense, while you have the right to select the designer and the contractor that will build the gas installation. You can also assign these activities to your natural gas supplier.

 

Supply of natural gas

Supply of natural gas

The gas installation of the customer is fed with natural gas under the following conditions set out in art. 39, para 2 of the Ordinance:

  • Filed Written request by the customer to the gas distribution network operator for initial supply with natural gas;
  • Issued and submitted to the gas distribution operator Inspection book for the gas installation and permit for operation by the State Agency for Metrology and Technical Surveillance for facilities posing higher danger;
  • Issued Initial briefing certificate;
  • Signed Agreement for the sale of natural gas.

 

Fee

The fees for the various stages throughout the procedure for connection to the gas distribution network is specific for each company providing  the service.

 

Term

Many of the deadlines in the procedure for connection to the gas distribution networks are set in the connection agreement and by the specific operator.

 

For more information
For more information

More information is available on the website of the Energy and Water Regulatory Commission.

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