The Victorian Transmission System (VTS) is owned and maintained by APA Group (APA). The National Gas Law (NGL) and National Gas Rules (NGR) provide the regulatory framework governing gas networks. As with other covered pipelines, we regulate APA's reference tariffs and through this its revenue under an approved access arrangement.
APA is required to submit a gas access arrangement proposal for the VTS, for the period starting 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2027 (2023-27), to the AER by 1 December 2021.
Before doing so, the NGR require service providers to submit a reference service proposal, which describes all the pipeline services and reference services a service provider intends to offer its customers. APA submitted its reference service proposal in respect of the VTS in December 2020.
The AER sought submissions from interested parties on APA's VTS reference service proposal by 15 January 2021. We received no submissions.
The indicative timetable outlines the key milestones in the decision making process.