Access to monopoly infrastructure

Access regulation seeks to promote effective competition in markets that depend on using the services of infrastructure that cannot be economically duplicated.

Current applications

Application for 15 year no-coverage determination - Comet Ridge to Wallumbilla Pipeline Loop (CRWPL)

On 12 February 2015 the Council received an application under section 151 of the National Gas Law (NGL) from GLNG Operations Pty Ltd for a 15 year no-coverage determination in relation to a proposed natural gas pipeline that will run between Comet Ridge and Wallumbilla in Queensland. On 29 April 2015 the Council published its final recommendation that the relevant Minister decide to make a 15-year no-coverage determination in respect of the CRWPL. The Minister must now use his best endeavours to decide whether or not to make the 15 year no-coverage determination within 30 business days of receiving the recommendation. The Council will publish the Minister’s decision as soon as it is received.

Current status - 5. Final recommendation and decision

Application for declaration of shipping channel services at the Port of Newcastle

The Council has received an application under Part IIIA of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (CCA) from Glencore Coal Pty Ltd seeking declaration provision of the right to access and use the shipping channels provided by the Port of Newcastle. The Council is seeking submissions in response to this application. The period for submissions closes at 5.00pm on Thursday 18 June 2015.

Current status - 1. Application

Application for light regulation of the Allgas Gas Distribution Network

On 27 January 2015, Allgas Energy Pty Ltd applied to the Council for a light regulation determination for the covered Allgas Gas Distribution Network (AGDN). This network distributes gas to southern Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Tweed Heads and Banora Point in north east New South Wales, and the Toowoomba and Oakey townships. On 28 April 2015 the Council published its final decision. The Council determined that the services provided by the Allgas Network be light regulation services. The determination comes into force 60 business days from the date it was made.

Current status - 5. Final recommendation and decision