Among other energy safety responsibilities, the CRU has the statutory function to:

  • Regulate the activities of gas undertakings with respect to safety.  This includes gas network operators and gas suppliers;
  • Regulate gas installers with respect to safety; and,
  • Promote the safety of gas customers and the general public with regards to the supply, storage, transmission, distribution and use of natural gas.

Safety cases

All natural gas undertakings are required to be licensed by the CRU as set out in the following legislation:

  • Section 16 of the Gas (Interim) (Regulation) Act 2002, as amended, requires the Transmission System Operator, Distribution System Operator, Shippers, Suppliers and storage operators to be licensed including from an economic perspective.
  • The Energy Miscellaneous Provisions Act 2012 amends the Electricity Regulation Act 1999 to set out licensing requirements for LPG undertakings where they make LPG available via a piped distribution network to two or more domestic final customers. These undertakings are regulated from a safety perspective only by the CRU.

As part of the licence application, the Gas Safety Framework requires that a Safety Case is submitted to the CRU for acceptance.

All natural gas undertakings must submit a safety case outlining how they manage the risks associated with their activity. This must be accepted by the CRU and resubmitted where a material change takes place. Safety cases must also be assessed every five years by an independent reviewer.

The Safety Case Guidelines are set out in the Gas Safety Regulatory Framework for Ireland Gas Safety Case Guidelines for Natural Gas & LPG Licensed Undertakings (CER/17/103).

Safety licences

The CRU  granted LPG Safety Licences to the following LPG undertakings in accordance with section 9JE (3) of the Electricity Regulation Act 1999, as amended by the Energy (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2012:

  1. Calor Teoranta
  2. Flogas Ireland Limited

These Licences are available to view below as required by Section 9JE (15) of the Electricity regulation act 1999, as amended.

Compliance and Enforcement

For further information on compliance and enforcement within the Gas Safety Framework please click here.

Gas incidents

Gas Networks Ireland must report any incidents that involve natural gas to the CRU that result in:

  • the death of any person;
  • injuries requiring hospital treatment; or
  • property damage in excess of €6,348.69.

LPG undertaking must report any incident resulting from the use, misuse, abuse, leakage, combustion or explosion of LPG that results in:

  • the death of any person;
  • injuries requiring hospital treatment; or
  • property damage in excess of €6,500.

Gas Networks Ireland and LPG undertakings can also report other incidents to the CRU where it is considered that there may be learnings that can be taken from the incident or it is useful for the CRU to be aware.

All incidents reported to the CRU are reviewed for appropriate learnings which can then potentially be incorporated into the Gas Safety Framework in order to prevent reoccurrence. The CRU may require further information on incidents reported to it or investigate the incident and take appropriate action if non-compliances are identified.

Stakeholders

Gas Safety Committee, chaired by CRU
Promotion and Public Awareness Group
European Pipeline Group
ILPGA
NSAI
HSA
HSE UK

Relevant publications

  • A Natural Gas Safety Regulatory Framework for Ireland-2007-High Level GSF Policy Document CER/07/172 
  • A Natural Gas Safety Regulatory Framework for Ireland-2014-High Level GSF Policy Document CER/17/103
  • Definition for the Scope of Gas Works with regard to Liquefied Petroleum Gas (CER/11/022), 21 April 2011;
  • Levy Methodology for Licensed LPG Undertakings –Decision Paper (CER/14/101), 24 April 2014;
  • LPG Safety Licence and Licence Application Fees –Decision Paper (CER/14/096), 25 April 2014;
  • Safety Case Guidelines for Natural Gas & LPG Licenced Undertakings (CRU/18/254) ,11 December 2018.
  • ALARP Guidance Part of the Petroleum Safety Framework and the Gas Safety Regulatory Framework (CER/16/106), 3 November 2017