The Nigerian federal government recently published the Nigerian Gas Transmission Network Code (the “Code”) as a set of common rules that will regulate fair and transparent gas transport relationships in Nigeria`s open access gas transportation system. The Code provides a legal and contractual framework for gas transport and aims to migrate the parties into the code under existing gas sales, aggregation and transport agreements. The objectives of the code are: each TGI has and manages a network code that contains commercial terms that concern only these IMTs. These individual IGT network codes can be downloaded in the following table. Framework agreements that must be signed by pipeline users for the various IGT network codes can also be downloaded. This is an agreement on a system point to distribute gas deliveries or transfers to or from the system among shippers. It is also used to designate shippers between shippers responsible for transmitting attribution estimates and assignment returns as required under the code. The code mentions some agreements essential to the application of the code. Models for some of these agreements were provided by the DPR in a document entitled Network Code Ancillary Documents (“NCAD”). Some of them are further examined in the table below.
This is an agreement that can be required by the operator, which makes the code mandatory for the operator and for each sender. The framework agreement is concluded in order to make the code provisions effective under the contract, but it does not create contractual rights or liabilities with the shippers between them. An applicant`s adherence to the framework agreement binds the sender through Section M of the code, which contains the general provisions of the treaty. To become a sender, the sender must adhere to the framework agreement and therefore agree to be bound by the code.  This agreement has not been explicitly defined in the code, but it is mentioned with regard to the regulation of daily or cumulative imbalances in the system. The quantities of gas delivered to the system or extracted from the system as part of an operational compensation agreement for a point in the system are also aggregated with the quantities of gas that are delivered or discharged from the system in accordance with the code. Each EU code contains requirements for translation into the GB system. TRM is committed to developing, in close collaboration with customers and stakeholders, what should be the logical consolidation of implementation phases to achieve compliance. What`s left is only for the customs code. The code identifies three dispute resolution mechanisms that should not be considered in a particular order, unless this is defined by the code or by an agreement between the parties to the dispute: they are: many network codes have been implemented now.
The industry is now seeing the benefits of traffic congestion management codes (CMP), The Capacity Allocation Mechanism (CAM), balancing and interoperability. The tariff code is still transposed into the single network code (UNC). Successful implementation requires cooperation, cooperation and transparency among all players in the sector at national level, as well as cross-border dialogue and European coordination between transport network managers (TSo) and national regulatory authorities (NRA).