Gas supply network safety and network supply standards
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Gas Standards (Gas Supply and System Safety) Regulations 2000
The Gas Standards (Gas Supply and System Safety) Regulations 2000 were came into effect on 2 August 2000. The regulations mandate the following standards:
AS/NZS 1596 "The storage and handling of LP Gas"
AS 1697 "Installation and maintenance of steel pipe systems for gas"
AS 2885.1 "Pipelines - Gas and liquid petroleum - Design and construction"
AS 2885.2 "Pipelines - Gas and liquid petroleum - Welding"
AS 2885.3 "Pipelines - Gas and liquid petroleum - Operation and maintenance"
AS/NZS 2430.3.1 "Classification of hazardous areas - Examples of area classification - General"
AS/NZS 2430.3.4 "Classification of hazardous areas - Examples of area classification - Flammable gases"
AS 3723 "Installation and maintenance of plastic pipe systems for gas"
AS/NZS 4645 "Coal distribution networks"
AS 4565 "Specification for general purpose natural gas"
AS 4670 "Commercial propane and commercial butane for heating purposes"
Increasing competition in the gas industry has the potential to impact on the technical and safety standards of gas suppliers as they come under pressure to reduce costs to remain competitive. To safeguard the public and consumers in such a changing environment, these new regulations have been introduced to ensure:
the safety of the public, gas consumers and gas workers in the vicinity of gas distribution assets; and
that gas supplies conform to acceptable standards of quality and metering accuracy to protect ordinary gas consumers.
For enquiries on this matter, please contact EnergySafety's Principal Engineer Gas Supply by telephoning (08) 9422 5200.
LP gas standards
The standards for LP gas (liquid petroleum gas) are detailed in Division 3 of the Gas Standards (Gas Supply and System Safety) Regulations 2000. The regulations were promulgated on 4 July 2000 and came into effect on 2 August 2000.
Further information about the introduction of the regulations is available on this page above.
Part 2 of the regulations specify the standards for natural gas and LP gas. The metering accuracy for tariff customers of plus or minus 2% and the prescribed minimum pressure to be supplied to a customer are also specified in these regulations.