Policy Interpretation | Regulation Measures for Fair and Open Facilities of Oil and Gas Pipeline Network

Policy Interpretation | Regulation Measures for Fair and Open Facilities of Oil and Gas Pipeline Network
Policy Interpretation | Regulation Measures for Fair and Open Facilities of Oil and Gas Pipeline Network
Policy Interpretation | Regulation Measures for Fair and Open Facilities of Oil and Gas Pipeline Network
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Editing time : 2019-08-05

  Recently, the responsible person of the supervision department of the State Energy Administration interpreted the Regulations on Fair and Open Supervision of Oil and Gas Pipeline Network Facilities issued jointly by the National Development and Reform Commission, the State Energy Administration, the Ministry of Housing, Urban and Rural Construction and the General Administration of Market Supervision.

  

  In May 2017, the CPC Central Committee and the State Council issued "Some Opinions on Deepening the Reform of Petroleum and Natural Gas System", which clearly demanded "Perfecting the Fair Access Mechanism of Oil and Gas Pipeline Network, and opening the trunk oil and gas pipeline, intra-provincial and inter-provincial pipeline networks fairly to the main body of the third-party Market On May 24, 2019, the State Development and Reform Commission, the State Energy Administration, the Ministry of Housing, Urban and Rural Construction and the General Administration of Market Supervision jointly issued the Regulations on Fair and Open Supervision of Oil and Gas Pipeline Network Facilities (Energy Development and Reform Regulation No. 916, hereinafter referred to as the Measures). The promulgation of the Measures is an important measure to implement the decision-making and deployment of the Party Central Committee and the State Council in promoting the reform of the oil and gas system. It is also a concrete manifestation of the unswerving deepening of market-oriented reform in the field of energy and the comprehensive strengthening of energy supervision. On the basis of sufficiently summarizing the previous implementation experience, the Measures highlight pertinence, guidance and operability, further reform the mechanism, strengthen supervision, promote fairness and openness of oil and gas pipeline network facilities more vigorously, and better create a fair and open institutional environment, which is embodied in the following four aspects.

  

  (1) The Measures emphasize the institutional basis for promoting fair and open facilities in oil and gas pipeline networks.

  

  Since 2014, China has gradually explored ways and means to implement fair and open oil and gas pipeline network facilities. With the joint efforts of all parties, the opening awareness of oil and gas enterprises is increasing, the open service is increasing and the scope of opening is expanding. However, due to many factors, such as inadequate construction and interconnection of pipeline network facilities, imperfect operation mechanism of oil and gas pipeline network, the number of oil and gas pipeline network facilities in China is still small, and the level of opening is still low. Relatively low. Practice has proved that the fairness and openness of oil and gas pipeline network facilities are closely related to the factors of system and mechanism, and need to be supported by sufficient basic conditions. In response to these problems, the Measures set out a series of provisions, including strengthening overall planning, encouraging infrastructure investment, upgrading interconnection level, realizing independent accounting and operation of pipeline network facilities, reducing intermediate links of oil and gas supply, to link up with the reform of oil and gas system and guide the oil and gas industry. Developing towards the direction of sufficient and complete infrastructure and open market environment competition, laying a solid institutional foundation for fair and open facilities of oil and gas pipeline network.

  

  (2) The Basic Principles of Fair and Open Facilities for Oil and Gas Pipeline Networks are clearly defined in the Measures.

  

  Oil and gas pipeline network facilities operation enterprises should provide services to all qualified users fairly and without discrimination, which is an important part of the reform of oil and gas pipeline network operation mechanism, and also the core requirement stipulated in the Measures. The Measures emphasize the principle of non-discrimination, requiring oil and gas pipeline network facilities operation enterprises not to delay, refuse to sign service contracts with users who meet the opening conditions without justified reasons, and not to put forward unreasonable requirements. This open mode is compatible with the reform of operation mechanism of pipeline network, such as the establishment of oil and gas pipeline network companies, to ensure that pipeline network facilities can provide services to all users fairly and impartially. However, considering that the reform of oil and gas pipeline network operation mechanism can not be accomplished overnight, and the production and operation mode of integration of transportation and marketing may exist in a certain period and scope, the Measures also make supplementary provisions, and the corresponding oil and gas pipeline network facilities can open their surplus capacity to users on the premise of guaranteeing the existing services of existing users. Let go.

(3) The Measures provide solutions to key problems affecting the fair and open operation of oil and gas pipeline network facilities.


In order to improve the scientificity and operability of fairness and openness, the Measures set up some new provisions around the outstanding problems and key factors affecting fairness and openness in the practice of application acceptance, information disclosure and reform of natural gas metering and pricing methods. In terms of application acceptance, the Procedures further standardize the process system requirements with the goal of restraining the acceptance behavior of pipeline network facilities operation enterprises and improving the optimal acceptance mode. In the aspect of information disclosure, by requiring enterprises to actively disclose the basic capacity information, residual capacity information and used capacity information of oil and gas pipeline network facilities, a complete closed-loop management rule of information disclosure is designed to better promote information disclosure and transparency, and to form an effective social supervision mechanism. As for the reform of natural gas metering and pricing methods, in order to solve the problem of metering and settlement of mixed natural gas transportation with different quality after the opening of pipeline network facilities, in response to the requirements of market participants and the needs of industry development, the Measures clearly put forward the establishment of natural gas energy metering and pricing system, which is also the first time that China has compared with other countries in the way of natural gas metering and pricing. In order to better embody the principles of high quality, good price and fairness, the international general mode should be integrated.

(4) The Measures strengthen the supervision measures for fair and open facilities of oil and gas pipeline networks.


While vigorously promoting the opening of oil and gas pipeline network facilities, the Measures have strengthened the supervision of the fairness of open services. Focusing on information supervision and credit supervision, the Measures provide for on-site supervision, coordination and mediation, complaint reporting, supervision notification, accountability investigation and other supervision measures, forming a relatively complete regulatory system and framework. In particular, the Measures highlight the importance of fair and open services under the contract management mechanism. By strengthening supervision over contract negotiation, contract signing and contract performance at different stages, the Measures will promote oil and gas pipeline network facilities operation enterprises and user enterprises to form equal market position, fairly and reasonably agree on terms and contents, and be strict. Seriously promote the implementation of contracts, fundamentally change the lack of awareness of oil and gas pipeline network facilities service contracts, better guide and faster cultivate the formation of oil and gas pipeline network facilities service market.


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