Consultation and Notice on proposed licence modifications to reflect the GD23 price control final determination and other regulatory decisions

Closed 25 Nov 2022

Opened 28 Oct 2022


The Utility Regulory launch a consultation on proposed licence modifications to the conveyance licences for the three gas distribution network operators (GDNs):

  • firmus energy (Distribution) Limited (FE);
  • Phoenix Natural Gas Limited (PNGL); and
  • Scotia Gas Networks Northern Ireland Ltd (SGN).

This is mainly to reflect the outcome of the GD23 price control.  We note that not all licence modifications proposed are applicable to all GDNs. The table below provides an overview over the different types of licence modifications we propose to make and to which GDNs they apply.

Overview of proposed licence modifications

The purpose of the modifications is to implement the above decisions and to address some inconsistencies between the licences held by the GDNs.

We have included a detailed commentary for the reasons and effects of the proposed licence modifications within Chapters 2-6 inclusive of our licence modification consultation. The relevant chapters for the reasons and effects are as follows:

  • Chapter 2- Proposed licence modifications for Designated Parameters and Determination Values.
  • Chapter 3- Proposed amendments for the granting of Additional areas to FE.
  • Chapter 4- Proposed amendments for changing the indexation from Retail Price Index to Consumer Prices Index including owner occupiers’ housing costs.
  • Chapter 5- Proposed amendments to change from London Inter-bank Offered rate (LIBOR) to Bank of England (BOE) base rate.
  • Chapter 6- Proposed amendments for licence inconsistencies. 

In addition, this licence consultation is complemented by 6 annexes which are outlined below and may be accessed at the respective links. 




FE Licence – Proposed Modifications


PNGL Licence – Proposed Modifications


SGN Licence – Proposed Modifications


Notice under Article 14(2) of the Gas (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 – Modifications Proposed to the Gas Conveyance Licence held by firmus energy (Distribution) Limited


Notice under Article 14(2) of the Gas (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 – Modifications Proposed to the Gas Conveyance Licence held by Phoenix Natural Gas Limited


Notice under Article 14(2) of the Gas (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 – Modifications Proposed to the Gas Conveyance Licence held by Scotia Gas Networks Northern Ireland Ltd.


Why your views matter

We invite stakeholders to express a view on any particular aspect of the paper or any related matter.  Responses should be received on or before 5.00pm on 25 November 2022 and should be addressed to:

Paul Harland, Utility Regulator, Network Price Controls, Queens House, 14 Queen Street, Belfast BT1 6ED

Our preference would be for responses to be submitted by e-mail.

This document is available in other accessible formats, such as large print, Braille, audio cassette and a variety of relevant minority languages if required.  Please contact Paul Harland on either 028 9031 1575 or email: with cc to to request this.

Tel: 028 9031 1575



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