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Amended Petroleum Pipelines Rules Drawn Up

November 14, 2019

Department of Mineral Resources and Energy

14 November 2019

Amended Petroleum Pipelines Rules have been drawn up.

The mineral resources and energy department published the amended rules in Government Gazette 42837 in terms of section 33(3) of the Petroleum Pipelines Act.

The rules, drawn up by the National Energy Regulator (NERSA), focus on general requirements for documents submitted to NERSA; applications and objections to licence applications; consultation with affected and interested parties; complaints, investigations and inspections and general provisions.

Hand delivered documents must be delivered to NERSA only from Monday to Friday -excluding public holidays -and from 8:30 to 15:30.

Persons who submit information to NERSA may request that the information be treated in a confidential manner.

NERSA must inform the applicant of its decision regarding the request for confidential treatment of information within 30 days from receipt of a request or application.

All measurements need to be expressed in metric units.

Applications for licences must be made in writing within Form B and must contain all information specified therein.

An objection to an application for a licence must be in Form D and must contain all information as required.

Where an administrative action of NERSA might materially and adversely affect the rights of the public, NERSA must follow the procedure outlined in section 4 of the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act and its Regulations.

Complaints made in terms of section 31(1) of the act must be lodged with NERSA within the period of validity of the licence.

Once the investigation is wrapped up, NERSA will inform the complainant and respondent of the outcome of the investigation.

As regards inspection and enquiry into licensed activities, licensees must, in accordance with the act and at all reasonable times, permit an authorised person to enter any property on which a licensed activity is taking place and inspect any facility, equipment, machinery, book, account or other document found thereat.

Licensees must publish information relating to uncommitted capacity at petroleum storage facilities as and when directed to do so by NERSA.

The Petroleum Pipelines Act Rules of 2014 are repealed.

The amended rules came into effect on the date of publication.