Gas network deteriorating?

johnboy 1 December 2011 3

The Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission has released their compliance and performance report for Licensed Electricity, Gas, Water and Sewerage Utilities.

Generally it’s very rosy stuff. Performance is good and generally improving to my reading.

The gas network, however, came in for some worrying criticism:

— A compliance audit of all high-pressure meter set enclosures located inside buildings within the ACT identified several instances of non-conformance and questioned the adequacy of the inspection regime of inlet services within the ACT.

— Auditing of the ActewAGL Distribution gas network examined the safety of high-pressure gas meter sets, secondary district regulator sets and the primary pipeline. The full results for the primary pipeline audit will be available during the 2010–11 reporting period. The audits on the high-pressure meter sets and the secondary district regulator sets revealed a deterioration of the gas network assets over time and a lack of planning to redress the maintenance issues. ActewAGL Distribution has committed to raising the level and frequency of maintenance and many of the issues raised were attended to during 2009–10

Here’s hoping they get it all sorted.

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3 Responses to Gas network deteriorating?
JC JC 7:11 am 02 Dec 11

I have an idea, how about we increase gas prices so that money is available to fix these issues?

It’s not like the companies who are running them have been making healthy profits off these assets for some years without reinvesting some into their infrastructure is it?

Jivrashia Jivrashia 3:42 pm 01 Dec 11

Should we be expecting some BOOMs in our suburbs?

shirty_bear shirty_bear 2:33 pm 01 Dec 11

No surprises here, given the extreme difficulty ACTEW/Jemena have doing even the most simple s***.
Most circuitous bureaucracy I’ve ever had the misfortune to deal with. This will bounce around unattended for ages yet, until it reaches the desk of the one bloke who knows what he’s doing.

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