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32.—(1) Such conditions as may be determined by the Department and published by it in such manner as it considers appropriate shall be standard conditions for the purposes of licences under Article 8(1)(a) of the Gas Order in place of the conditions determined in relation to such licences under Article 11(1) of that Order.

(2) No conditions shall be determined under paragraph (1) after the commencement of paragraph (3).

(3) In Article 11 of the Gas Order —

(a)in paragraph (1) for “sub-paragraph (a), (b) or (c)” there shall be substituted “ sub-paragraph (b) or (c) ”; and

(b)in paragraph (2) after “paragraph (1)” there shall be inserted “ or Article 32(1) of the Energy (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 ”.

(4) As soon as practicable after the commencement of paragraph (3), the Department shall make to a licence in force under Article 8(1)(a)—

(a)such modifications as appear to the Department to be necessary or expedient for the purpose of securing that the standard conditions determined under paragraph (1) are incorporated in that licence (or incorporated with such modifications as the Department considers requisite to meet the circumstances of the case);

(b)such incidental, consequential and supplementary modifications as appear to the Department to be necessary or expedient; and

(c)such other modifications as may be agreed with the licence holder.

(5) Modifications under paragraph (4) may relate to—

(a)the terms of a licence, or

(b)the conditions of a licence.

(6) As soon as practicable after making any modifications under paragraph (4), the Department shall publish the text of each licence modified under that paragraph.

(7) Before modifying any licence under paragraph (4)(a) or (b), the Department shall consult—

(a)the Authority; and

(b)the holder of the licence,

in such manner as it considers appropriate.

(8) Paragraph (7) may be satisfied by consultation before, as well as by consultation after, the commencement of paragraph (3).

(9) Any modification of part of a standard condition of a licence under this Article shall not prevent any other part of the condition from continuing to be regarded as a standard condition for the purposes of Part II of the Gas Order.

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