DPR Inaugurates Network Code Operationalization Teams

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The Director of Petroleum Resources, Engr Sarki Auwalu has inaugurated the network code operationalisation teams for the full implementation of the Nigeria Gas Network Code (NGTNC).

The NGTNC was recently launched by the Honorable Minister of State, Petroleum Resource, Chief Timi Sylva, with a six-month mandate to go live.

 In his address during the virtual inauguration on Wednesday, Auwalu stated that the teams were to provide the needed impetus for the full operationalisation of the network code.

He said also that basic regulatory instruments for the operationalisation of the network code like licence regime and administrative system will be expedited by DPR before the go-live ministerial mandate. According to him, the operational readiness of the gas transmission system as well as migration of extant agreements into the network code by the Gas Company (NGC) will be concluded to align with the go-live date.

Engr. Sarki explained that the constitution of the teams of experts was a product of extensive consultation and he was confident that they will perform beyond expectation to help in the accelerated development and maturation of the domestic gas sector.
He thanked the leadership and members of the NNPC, GACN, NGA, OPTS and DPR gas team for their commitment towards the successful operationalisation of the network code. The inaugurated teams with their Terms of Reference (TOR) are as follows:
Team 1: NC Operationalisation Working Team (NCO-TWT), Ayuba Steve DPR-Team Lead, Duruji Elvis DPR, Mungadi Ahmad DPR, Aisha Ibrahim DPR-Scribe, Ohwomado Andrew    NGC, Muhammed Isa NGC,   and Olanrewaju Lukman NGC.
Terms of Reference include, To establish System readiness for full operationalisation of NGTNC; Articulate the modalities for the successful migration of existing Gas Transport Agreements (GTAs) to network code;     Develop a framework for providing effective stakeholder support for all technical and regulatory issues for effective operationalisation of network code; Develop a framework for effective monitoring of the performance of network code and impact on the domestic gas market segment
Other terms of reference are, To develop a periodic network code reporting template for submission to the network code steering committee; Review domestic gas market impact of NGTNC post full operationalisation of the code
Team 2: NC Operationalisation Commercial/Legal Working team (NCO-CLWT),     Gberindyer Terkula  NGC-Team Lead, Kingston Chikwendu DPR, Ohwodiasa Mabel NGC, Mathias Yetti   NGC, Eremutha Augustine NGC,    Maisule Hadiza DPR, Ali Garba Ali DPR, and Ramatu Abdullahi DPR
Terms of Reference for Team Two include: Articulate the legal modalities and identify/resolve any legal encumbrance for the successful migration of all existing Gas Agreements (GTA’s) to NC;    Review the tariff methodology and values for all envisaged payments/charges on the code; Analyse and make recommendation on issue of payment in dollar or naira for the network tariffs and charges
Team 3: NC Operationalisation Steering/Governance Committee (NCO-SGC),   Director/CEO, DPR Chairman, MD, NGC Member, Head, Gas DPR Member, and Head, Legal DPR Member. Terms of Reference of reference include: Direct the activities required for full operationalisation of the NGTNC;    Administer governance oversight of the NGTNC technical, Commercial and Legal working committees
The Team is also supposed to interface with Honourable Minister of State Petroleum Resources on NC and provide strategic market update on impact/performance of NC

Chibisi Ohakah, Abuja


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