Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (Determining Capacity of Petroleum, Petroleum Products and Natural Gas Pipeline) Amendment Regulations, 2022

PETROLEUM AND NATURAL GAS REGULATORY BOARD 

NOTIFICATION

New Delhi, the 18th November, 2022

F. No. PNGRB/Tech/10-Cap/NGPL&PPPL/(2)/2022(P-3745).—In exercise of the powers conferred by Section 61 of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board Act, 2006 (19 of 2006), the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board hereby makes the following regulations further to amend the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (Determining Capacity of Petroleum, Petroleum Products and Natural Gas Pipeline) Regulations, 2010, namely: -
Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board
1. Short title and commencement:

(1) These regulations may be called the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (Determining Capacity of Petroleum, Petroleum Products and Natural Gas Pipeline) Amendment Regulations, 2022.

(2) They shall come into force on the date of their publication in the official gazette.

2. In  the  Petroleum  and  Natural  Gas  Regulatory  Board  (Determining  Capacity  of  Petroleum,  Petroleum Products and Natural Gas Pipeline) Regulations, 2010, -

(i) in Regulation 2, in sub-clause (l), the words “(million tones per annum)” shall be substituted by the words, “(Million Metric Tonne Per Annum)”.

(ii) in Regulation 4, –
  • (a) in sub-clause (1), after the words, “for the purpose of…..” and before the words “…..declaration of capacity”, the words “determination or” shall be inserted.

  • (b) the sub-clause (2) and sub-clause (3) shall be omitted.
(iii) in sub-regulation 3 of Regulation 5, –
  • (a) in sub-clause (vi) of clause (a) , under the heading ‘Velocity’, the words “2 m/sec” shall be substituted by the words “3 m/sec”.

  • (b) for sub-clause (vii) of clause (a), the words starting with “The pipeline capacity…..” and ending with “……Pressure and Temperature:”, shall be deleted.

  • (c) after sub-clause (vii), the following sub-clause shall be inserted, namely: - “(viii) Maximum Allowable Operating Pressure (MAOP) - The pipeline capacity shall be determined at the designed MAOP or de-rated MAOP due to any condition, for the petroleum, petroleum products or natural gas pipelines.”

  • (d) in sub-clause (ix) of clause (b), the number “2009” shall be substituted by “2008” and at the end, the following shall be inserted, namely:-
“In case of natural gas pipeline, the gas quality at exit point shall be as per the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (Access Code for common or contract carrier Natural Gas Pipelines) Regulations, 2008.”
  • (e) for sub-clause (x) of clause (b), , the words starting with “In case of natural gas pipeline…..” and ending with “…..Regulations, 2008.”, shall be deleted.
(iv) in sub-regulation (4) of Regulation 5, –
  • (a) for sub-clause (i) of clause (4), the words “and first working day of October of every year”, shall be substituted by the words “every year for next financial year”.

  • (b) in sub-clause (4), in paragraph beginning from the words “The entities shall also...” and ending with the words “...for the pipeline.”, the following shall be substituted, namely: -
“The entities shall also provide on first working day of April every year (for next financial year) the hydraulic gradient and system flow diagram for the pipeline.”
(v) in sub-regulation (5) of Regulation 5, –
  • (a) in sub-clause (x) of clause (a), the word “or” shall be substituted by the word “and”.

  • (b) in sub-clause (viii) of clause (b), the word “or” shall be substituted by the word “and”.

  • (c) after clause (d), the following clauses shall be inserted, namely: -

  • “(e)   The capacity of integrated or interconnected pipeline network shall be determined in line with methodology as specified above.

  • (f) Reduction of pipeline capacity shall not be permitted except in case of de-rating with prior approval from Board.

  • (g) Wherever there is any change in the capacity of natural gas pipeline in the past or in future due to reason(s) as approved by the PNGRB’s Board, in such cases entity shall submit the revised capacity of the natural gas pipeline, separately due to each such reasons, to PNGRB in terms of these regulations for capacity determination and approval of the Board.”
(vi) in Regulation 7 –

(a) in clause (i), -
  • i. after the words “…April every year” and before the words “or whenever-”, the words “for next financial year” shall be inserted.

  • ii. after the words “or whenever” and before the symbol “-”, the words “there is an aggregate change of plus or minus 10% in capacity due to the following factors” shall be inserted.
(b) in sub-clause (c) of clause (i), the words “as and when notified” shall be omitted.

(c) in clause (ii), after the words “…of the pipeline” and before the words “to the Board…”, the words “(as per regulation 5)” shall be inserted.

(vii) in Schedule A –

(a) below the words “Format for furnishing information regarding determining capacity of Natural Gas Pipeline” and above the table, the words “Financial Year: 20…. - 20….” shall be inserted.

(b) for the table, in row 12 and 13, the word “section” shall be substituted by the word “regulation”.

(c) in Note, the following clauses shall be substituted, namely: -
  • “(i) Submit the system flow diagram,  hydraulic gradient and simulation files of software package used for capacity determination.

  • (ii) Above information shall be approved by person authorized by the board of entity.”
(viii) in Schedule B –

(a) below the words “Format for furnishing information regarding determining capacity of Petroleum and Petroleum Products Pipeline” and above the table, the words “Financial Year: 20…. - 20….” shall be inserted.

(b) in Note, the following clauses shall be substituted, namely: -
  • “(i) Submit the  system flow diagram,  hydraulic  gradient and  simulation  files of software package used for capacity determination.

  • (ii) Above information shall be approved by person authorized by the board of entity.”
(c) for the table, in row 13 and 14, the word “section” shall be substituted by the word “regulation”.

(d) for the table, the row below row 14 shall be numbered as “15”.

ANIL KUMAR GARG, Jt. Adviser (Admin)
[ADVT.-III/4/Exty./418/2022-23]

Footnote : The Principal regulations were notified in the official gazette vide G.S.R. 476(E), dated 7th June, 2010 and subsequently amended vide F. No. L-MISC/VI/I/2007, dated 1st January, 2015.


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