Natural gas: PNGRB amends rulebook to pave way for unified tariff

To accelerate the development of the natural gas infrastructure, the PNGRB has amended norms which, it says, will pave the way for a unified tariff
Natural gas: PNGRB amends rulebook to pave way for unified tariff

New Delhi: To accelerate the development of the natural gas infrastructure and usher rapid growth of natural gas market in the country, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) has brought out amendments in its three regulations — Natural Gas Pipeline Tariff, Authorisation and Capacity Regulations. "These amendments will act as stepping stone for the implementation of Unified Tariff regulations which will be effective from April 1, 2023. To address the settlement issues for implementation of Unified tariff, industry committee has been constituted," said the PNGRB in a statement on Friday.

The objective of these changes is to provide natural gas access in far-flung areas at competitive and affordable rates to achieve the long-cherished objective of One Nation One Grid and One Tariff, said the PNGRB.

Number of unified tariff zones for natural gas increased from 2 to 3

To simplify the implementation of unified tariff, entity level integrated natural gas pipeline tariff has been introduced in the said regulations which will act as a building block for unified tariff at the national level. Further to protect the overall interest of consumers in different regions, number of unified tariff zones have been increased from two to three.

In addition, other amendments like allowing unaccounted gas, moratorium period, ramp up in capacity, etc, have been incorporated. PNGRB is yet to release the details of these amendments.

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