The Nigerian Gas Transportation Network Code (NGTNC) or Network Code for short, is a set of rules guiding the use of a gas transportation system; a contractual framework between the Network Operator and the Shippers that provides open and competitive access to gas transportation infrastructure. It was inaugurated by the Honourable Minister of State, Petroleum Resources; His Excellency Timipre Sylva on 10th February 2020 with actual “Go-Live” occurring on 10th August 2020. It enumerates the roles of the Agent, the Shipper among others.
Who is the Operator?
The Operator (Transporter) means the owner and/or operator of NGC’s Transportation System including the pipeline systems known as the Escravos-Lagos Pipeline System, the Oben–Ajaokuta pipeline system, the Obiafu/Obrikom-Oben pipeline system and the facilities used to provide services for the conveyance of gas in accordance with the terms of the Network Code. NGC is the licensed Operator.
Who is the Shipper?
The Shipper is any person or persons having reserved capacity on the Transportation System or any part thereof and licensed to carry on business as a gas Shipper. Any gas Buyer or Seller is termed a Shipper.
Who is the Agent?
An Agent under the NGTNC is any entity appointed by the Shippers (Shipper’s Agent) or the Operator (Operator’s Agent) or by both (Shipper’s & Operator’s Agent) to act in the Shipper’s or Operator’s stead respectively with regards to particular or all “Code Communications” on behalf of the principal (Shipper or Operator) with regards to the Network Code. Gas Aggregation Company Nigeria (GACN) Limited is currently licensed as the Network Agent.
What is Code Communication?
It is any communication to be given by a Shipper or the Operator (including any notification, application, nomination, confirmation, request, approval, acceptance, invoice or other notice to be given, made or submitted) under the Code.