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Regulator expresses a warning to Latvijas Gāze

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe Council of the Public Utilities Commission has reviewed the administrative case launched in regards to the possible violations of Latvijas Gāze in relation to Latvenergo’s request to be provided access to natural gas systems. The council has decided to express a warning to Latvijas Gāze.

This decision was made by the Regulator because Latvijas Gāze’s actions do not comply with requirements of the Energy Law, the Law on Public Utilities Regulators and conditions of the license provided to the company.

According to the Energy Law, if the Regulator finds that the operator of the natural gas system, trader or market participant does not comply with the law’s requirements, the Regulator has the authority to make one of multiple following decisions: enforce compliance with the law within a specific period of time, express a warning or apply a fine.

«The Regulator has no doubts that a violation of regulations has taken place. An assessment of this violation showed that refusal to provide access to a third party has taken place for the first time. With that, the Regulator has decided to express a warning. At the same time, we hope Latvijas Gāze will take this warning into consideration and comply with requirements of the law,» – notes Rolands Irklis, Chairman of the Regulator’s Council.

The administrative case about the possible violations by Latvijas Gāze in relation to Latvenergo’s request to be provided access to natural gas systems was launched by the Regulator’s Council on 17 March. The case was launched in order to assess whether or not Latvijas Gāze’s actions complied with requirements of the law. Latvenergo submitted its request to be provided with access to the natural gas systems in order to transport natural gas from GMS Kemenai to Latvenergo’s object Riga TEC-2 on 11 January 2016.

According to the Energy Law, natural gas transmission, distribution, storage and LNG system operator provides equal and open access to appropriate systems for all users that request it. The law also provides for cases in which the operator has the authority to refuse providing access to specific systems.

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